Twenty-thirteen’s reading was decent-ish. I read more than the previous year and less than I would have liked. Which has me tinkering ceaselessly over 2014’s reading goals, something I’ll post about soon.
But this Friday, Modern Mrs. Darcy is hosting a link-up to share our 2013 favorite reads. Join me there and let me know to look for you!
So in no particular order, I give you my faves from 2013…
The War of Art, Steven Pressfield
A favorite because of both Pressfield and its content.
First published in 2002, this treatise on conquering Resistance (that thing that keeps you from doing the Good you want, creative and otherwise) is a modern classic. I know this is odd for a girl, but war as metaphor for life resonates with me the very most. And Pressfield delivers MOST.
Death By Living: Life is Meant to be Spent, N.D. Wilson
Memoir-style reflections centering around spending out in our brief days on the planet. A really enjoyable read full of opportunities for reflection.
How God Became King, N.T. Wright
Probably my favorite book of the year.
In the gospel-this and gospel-that Christian trend of the past few years, I’ve been consistently perplexed by this: though Jesus preached a gospel of “the kingdom”, there never seems to be a kingdom in any gospel I hear talked about.
How God Became King not only puts the kingdom back in the gospel, but weaves in other lost loose-threads as well. It definitely won’t interest everyone, but it was my 2013 favorite.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
More and more often I’m finding I’ll care little for the essence of aÂ book,but love a particular element so much it will rank among my favorites.
So it was with Great Gatsby: I didn’t care much for the story (something I’d remembered from high school), but I was smitten by the prose. Just lovely, lovely writing. What Fitzgerald should I pick up next?
It Starts with Food, Melissa and Dallas Hartwig
This book is the poster-tome for Whole30, the food experiment where all potentially-aggravating foods are removed from your diet for a full 30 days to see what happens.
But It Starts With Food is more about our psychological, hormone (think insulin and cortisol, not estrogen and testosterone), digestive, and immune systems respond to various foods we eat, with a bit at the end about tackling the Whole 30. Having been diagnosed with insulin resistance a few years ago, this book explained why I feel the way I do with or without certain dietary components better than anything else I’ve read.
I’m already due for a re-read.
The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin
I’m due for a re-read here, too. This book nailed several happiness killers that had grown large in my personal life. Gretchen Rubin gave me a new way to think about enjoying life, and provided concepts and phrases to fuel certain practices I needed to change or engage in, like “tackle a nagging project,” “find more fun,” and “Forget About Results.”
In fact, her brief paragraphs on that last phrase described me precisely and nurtured a freedom I needed to embrace. However unfortunate that it’s the case, I needed this book.
The Work of Suzanne Collins
I read only eleven fiction books last year. Three of those were by Suzanne Collins.
I started with Gregor, and later in the year came back to read Catching Fire again before watching the movie. And I found myself falling in love with Collins as a writer, which didn’t happen on my first reading of the Hunger Games.
I grew to love how her main characters understand deeper threads of humanity and how she’s able to bring these threads to the page. Gregor and Katniss both put themselves in the shoes of people they’d really rather hate and try instead to understand them, a trait I find far too little of in the world. But she models it in these characters in a beautiful way. That plus the smartly-veiled social commentary she weaves has me liking her more and more.
So Suzanne Collins makes my list of favorite reads, though obviously in a more general sense.
What were your favorite books of 2013? The Modern Mrs Darcy link up is open for a few more days, let me know if you link up!
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I put the NT Wright book on my list. Have you read Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read Your Bible Today which is also by NT Wright? I enjoyed this read and learned a lot so looking forward to this newer book.
amber black says
I haven’t read it yet, but I sure did just add it to my Goodreads list 😉
Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy says
Oh, I love The War of Art! I’m curious about his latest, but haven’t read it yet…
I’ve never read anything by N. T. Wright, but really need to fix that in 2014.
Thanks for sharing your favorites with us!