My 2013 and 2014 Reading Lists

My 2013 and 2014 Reading Lists2013 was a good reading year for me. I’d hoped to hit 100 books read, and while I didn’t quite make it thanks to 6 weeks of severe morning sickness and several months of working doubletime to prepare for my maternity leave, I’m still pretty excited by what I read.

Looking back over this list, though, one thing I’m determined to change in 2014 is to only read the books I really enjoy. I read a few freebies simply because they were available, but I didn’t really enjoy them, and now I feel a bit like I wasted that time.

As always, my goal is also to read more nonfiction in 2014 as well. I really enjoy nonfiction, but it doesn’t provide the same escape that fiction does, so while my nonfiction wishlist is almost always longer than the fiction list, I move through them much more slowly. I started off 2013 reading two nonfiction books a month, and I think I’d like to get back to that level for 2014.

As for the lists below, I hate trying to categorize books because there are so many that could fit under multiple categories. Is Harry Potter children’s fiction or fantasy? Do I call Kindred historical fiction or science fiction? So instead of stressing myself out trying to come up with the “perfect” categories, I’ve just broken them down into Nonfiction and Fiction and listed them in the order I read them (or at least the order I entered them into GoodReads!).

At the bottom, I also made a reading list for 2014. I’ve actually started a lot of these books — before I decided that bouncing between 5+ books at a time just wasn’t my style — and a lot of them I’ve purchased when they’ve been on sale. There are a ton more in my Amazon wishlist, but some of those have been there for years, so I decided to just stick to the ones I am actually planning to read in the near future. Also, looking at last year’s reading list, I do a terrible job of planning out what I’ll read ahead of time!

And finally, as part of the all new Life Your Way (big announcement with details coming soon!), I’m doing away with both weekly and monthly reading lists. Instead, I’ll just be telling you about the books I read when they’re interesting enough to justify a post. Be sure to friend me on GoodReads for the books that don’t make the cut as well!

Psst…if you’ve posted a 2013 recap or a reading list for 2014, I’d love to read it — so I can fill up my wishlist even more, of course! Be sure to leave the link in the comments.

Books Read in 2013 {Nonfiction}

A Year of Biblical Womanhood A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary WorldLove Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff

The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More FunThe Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian SpiritualityBlue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller

5 Days to a Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways to Clear Up Your Space5 Days to a Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways to Clear Up Your Space by Sandra Felton

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and RedemptionKisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie J. Davis

People Before Profit: The Inspiring Story of the Founder of Bob's Red MillPeople Before Profit: The Inspiring Story of the Founder of Bob’s Red Mill by Ken Koopman

It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected WaysIt Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways by Melissa Hartwig

You're Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for YouYou’re Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You by Holley Gerth

Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy SpiritForgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan

The Book of Business Awesome: How Engaging Your Customers and Employees Can Make Your Business ThriveThe Book of Business Awesome: How Engaging Your Customers and Employees Can Make Your Business Thrive by Scott Stratten

How to Blog for Profit without Selling Your SoulHow to Blog for Profit without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup

Books Read in 2013 {Fiction}

The Magician's NephewThe Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Horse and His BoyThe Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

Through the Ever NightThrough the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Prince Caspian: The Return to NarniaPrince Caspian: The Return to Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderThe Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

The Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Mysterious Benedict SocietyThe Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Silver ChairThe Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

The Last BattleThe Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

Congo DawnCongo Dawn by Jeanette Windle

The Moses QuiltThe Moses Quilt by Kathi Macias

Princess AcademyPrincess Academy by Shannon Hale

RebekahRebekah by Jill Eileen Smith

Where Wildflowers BloomWhere Wildflowers Bloom by Ann Shorey

When the Heart HealsWhen the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey

Open MindsOpen Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn

Closed HeartsClosed Hearts by Susan Kaye Quinn

Free SoulsFree Souls by Susan Kaye Quinn

Moonlight MasqueradeMoonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell

RequiemRequiem by Lauren Oliver

Love in a Broken VesselLove in a Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews

FeverFever by Lauren DeStefano

SeverSever by Lauren DeStefano

Trauma PlanTrauma Plan by Candace Calvert

Touching the CloudsTouching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon

Palace of StonePalace of Stone by Shannon Hale

The Scorpio RacesThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous JourneyThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Catching FireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins

MockingjayMockingjay by Suzanne Collins

When Love CallsWhen Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad

Grave ConsequencesGrave Consequences by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Sense and SensibilitySense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

EnclaveEnclave by Ann Aguirre

OutpostOutpost by Ann Aguirre

DefianceDefiance by C.J. Redwine

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

RiseRise by Anna Carey

SonSon by Lois Lowry

AllegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth

Throne of GlassThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of MidnightCrown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin and the Pirate LordThe Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin and the DesertThe Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas

Ender's GameEnder’s Game by Orson Scott Card

An Untamed LandAn Untamed Land by Lauraine Snelling

KindredKindred by Octavia E. Butler

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Reading List for 2014

The 4-Hour WorkweekThe 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

THE QUESTION: Teaching Your Child the Essentials of Classical EducationTHE QUESTION: Teaching Your Child the Essentials of Classical Education by Leigh A. Bortins

Jab, Jab, Jab,  Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy, Social WorldJab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy, Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk

Looking for God in Harry PotterLooking for God in Harry Potter by John Granger

Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! by Rachel Macy Stafford

The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of ChristmasThe Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas by Ann Voskamp

Million Little Ways, A: Uncover the Art You Were Made to LiveMillion Little Ways, A: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live by Emily P. Freeman

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Long Walk to FreedomLong Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with RecipesBread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist

Outliers: The Story of SuccessOutliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming ProductsHooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and LeadDaring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

What Alice ForgotWhat Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

What was the best book you read in 2013?

Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.