My 2012 and 2013 Reading Lists {And the New Weekly Reads Book Club!}

source: Mo Riza

Although I started out strong at the beginning of 2012, reading 2-3 books per week, my final book count was “just” 78 books read. We really invested more energy and time in our structured school time this school year, and I’m in the middle of launching a few new projects, so my reading time got cut way back in the last few months.

My goal for 2013 is to simply be realistic about how much time I can spend with my nose in a book. I want to make it a priority over mindless internet surfing or vegging in front of the TV without prioritizing it over the things that really matter, like school and family and making healthy meals!

For more about how I make time for reading, be sure to read The Busy Mom’s Guide to Finding Time to Read.

Weekly Reads at

In 2013, we’ll be launching a new feature here at Life Your Way, a weekly book club where we can chat about what we’re reading and share recommendations. I’m looking forward to the accountability of sharing my book choices every week (maybe I’ll be able to balance my fiction and nonfiction choices a bit better!) as well as sharing the books and audiobooks my girls are enjoying.

In addition, I’m really looking forward to hearing your recommendations, which you’ll be able to share in the comments or through Inlinkz (for fellow bloggers).

And, yes, I’m hoping to finally get on the GoodReads bandwagon as a way to keep an ongoing catalog of the books I read.

Now for the reading lists:

The 2012 List

Here is the full list of books I read in 2012, with my favorites in italics:

Historical Fiction

Young Adult Dystopian


Contemporary Fiction



I’d still love to finish these books, which — interestingly — all happen to be paperbacks. Maybe I should splurge for the Kindle editions and see if that makes a difference!

The 2013 List

And here is the list of books that I hope to read in 2013, knowing I’ll pick up plenty more along the way:

Contemporary Fiction

Historical Fiction

Dystopian & Fantasy


**My to-be-read list comes from a variety of sources, including recommendations from Shaina at Food for My Family, Crystal at Money Saving Mom, Amy at Mom Advice and Katie at Good Life Eats!

What were your favorite books read this year? What’s on your list for 2013? Feel free to leave a link to a year-end reading list on your blog if you’ve shared one!

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