My Kindle reading app and bookshelves are overburdened and I have bookmarks in at least five books right now. I’m looking at you Bonhoeffer…
According to my rough estimate, I managed to read 17 entire books this year. That doesn’t count my Bible reading at all. It also doesn’t count the mammoth collections of vintage crime and Christmas crime stories that are full of short stories and novellas, because even though I read hundreds of pages in each, I haven’t finished those books.
Some books I breezed through, others I wrestled with. But without further ado here are the five that stood out to me in 2013.
1. Reshaping It All by Candice Cameron Bure
2. Fierce Women by Kimberly Wagner
3. Crucifying Morality by R. W. Glenn
4. Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler
5. Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth. I haven’t mentioned this one before because I just read the whole thing a couple days ago. It is a very moving book that should come with warning label for anyone who might some day have a baby. I’m now terrified of childbirth. But her memoir is incredible and I look forward to reading her other books. One caution: the content is graphic since she is describing what life was like in a rough part of London in the 1950s.
Bonus Round: Here are the five books I haven’t started yet that I’m most looking forward to reading in 2014.
1. Another Jesus Calling by Warren Smith
2. Jesus on Every Page by David Murray
3. Counterfeit Gospels by Trevin Wax
4. Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth
5. A Curious Man by Neal Thompson