The first half of 2013 is over, which is a great time to look back at what have been the top books I’ve read so far this year. Through June, I’d read 126 books, so limiting this was a tough call! I’ve picked five each of my favorite nonfiction and fiction reads, although I do cheat a bit with the last fiction pick. 🙂
- Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist
The book I was all but forcing everyone I know to read. #bookclubpickforSeptember #hopetheyloveitlikeIdid (My full review)
- A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master” by Rachel Held Evans
I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. Super thought-provoking, and it manages to be fun as well. I didn’t agree with everything in the book, but I loved how it got me thinking.
- Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning by Rebekah Lyons
Inspiring memoir, that really spoke to me in my current season of life.
- My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) by Luisa Weiss
Love memoirs, especially food memoirs, and this is up there as one of the best I’ve ever read.
- Deeply Loved: 40 Ways in 40 Days to Experience the Heart of Jesus by Keri Wyatt Kent
Structured as a devotional, but much deeper than many devotionals I’ve seen. Thoughtful and practical and completely fantastic.
Honorable mention pick:
Fasting: Spiritual Freedom Beyond Our Appetites by Lynne Baab
Insightful look at fasting from both a historical and contemporary perspective. Includes ideas for other types of fasts besides food and water.
- Wolf Hall: A Novel by Hilary Mantel
Even if you think you don’t like historical fiction, read it. It’s dense and complex but oh so good. (My full review)
- A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri
Beautifully written, this sweeping tale brings to life an unfamiliar culture. (My full review)
- The Midwife’s Tale: A Mystery by Sam Thomas
Another historical fiction winner. The mystery might be a bit weak, but the rest of the book makes up for it. (My full review)
- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
I think I’ve recommended this to at least a half dozen friends since finishing it. Loved it. (My full review)
- Cinder & Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Was not expecting much from these genre-bending fractured fairy-tale mish-mash books, but they were so. much. fun. (My full review of Cinder & Scarlet)
Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy’s monthly Twitterature post – see more great bookish ideas there! And let me know, what have been your best books from the first half of 2013 – any ones you’re raving about that I need to read soon?
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