Final 2013 Reading Update

by jessicaturner on December 30, 2013

Despite an incredibly busy two months, I manage to squeeze in some reading.

Beautiful Ruins: I read this book upon the recommendation of a respected writer friend, who said: “What an epic feat of the imagination! By the time I reached the climactic scene, tears spreading sloppily on my cheeks, I knew without a doubt that I could never have dreamed up and woven together such a novel.” He was right. A fantastic book that spans 50 years.

Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom: My friend Lisa-Jo writes about motherhood like no one else I know. Her first book releases in April and while it is a memoir of her story, I found myself crying at multiple points in the book because I so closely related to the emotions she writes about. If you are a mother, definitely preorder this book.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life: This book by my friend Crystal Paine is one every woman needs. Crystal’s clean, no-nonsense writing style is refreshing and inspiring. The start of the year is the perfect time to read this excellent book.

While I didn’t hit my goal of reading 30 books in 2013, I am incredibly happy I read 25. 2 books a month isn’t bad. I’m looking forward to trying again in 2014!

Next week I am kicking off a fun series called My 10 Favorite Books. I’ll kick things off, then each day after that, a friend will share her 10 favorite books of all time. I think y’all are going to love it.

jessicaturner-graphic1Books read in 2013:

  1. Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life (December)
  2. Beautiful Ruins (November)
  3. Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom (November)
  4. How Did I Get So Busy?: The 28-day Plan to Free Your Time, Reclaim Your Schedule, and Reconnect with What Matters Most (October)
  5. 100 Ways to Happiness: A Guide for Busy People (October)
  6. The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life (October)
  7. The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time (October)
  8. Let Hope in: 4 Choices That Will Change Your Life Forever (September)
  9. Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live (September)
  10. A Reliable Wife (September)
  11. MAKE IT HAPPEN in Ten Minutes a Day: The Simple, Lifesaving Method for Getting Things Done (August)
  12. A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself(August)
  13. Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World (August)
  14. Organized Simplicity (May)
  15. Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes (May)
  16. You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) (May)
  17. Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free (May)
  18. What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings–and Life (May)
  19. Big Stone Gap (April)
  20. Life After Art: What You Forgot About Life and Faith Since You Left the Art Room (March)
  21. Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn (March)
  22. Real. Life. Photography (February)
  23. Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home (January)
  24. Lucia, Lucia (January)
  25. Mommy Grace: Erasing Your Mommy Guilt (January)

Past Month’s Recaps:

Reading Update: October
Reading Update: September
Summer Recap

April Recap
March Recap
February Recap
January Recap

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

PamB December 30, 2013 at 8:34 am

The ‘favorite books ‘listings will be great. I’m looking forward to it.


Mia The Reader December 30, 2013 at 11:08 am

Can’t wait to hear about your favorite books! I’m hoping to get my 2014 reading list up soon, but it is never set in stone. I guess I read on whims a little too much. =)


Caitlin December 30, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Can’t wait to check out your favorite books. Have you ever read anything by Karen White? I just finished her most recent book ‘The Time Between’ and I could not put it down. Excellent read.


jdukeslee December 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Lisa-Jo’s book is amazing. I found myself on every page, even though it was her story. Because it was all of our stories. Yes?

Happy New Year, Jessica.


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