Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My Reading List for 2103

Last year I realised that for many years that I hadn't been reading much fiction. I had read lots of homeschooling resources and learning books but no really good fiction.

So after reading about a few people who compile book lists at the beginning of the year I decided to give it a go. I keep the list in my planner and it is so much easier to pop into the library (or grab something for the kindle) if I know exactly what I wanted. It also meant that I was not wasting my limited reading time on trash.

Last years book list worked really well and I managed to read a couple of really good books. Some from the list and some not. I didn't manage to get through the whole list, our library doesn't have the best selection and was not prepared to pay $20 - $30 to read a book. Let's hope I have better luck in 2013, especially now that I have a kindle.

Here's my list for 2013 ... in no specific order ...



Girl in hyacinth blue by Susan Vreeland
What looks like crazy on an ordinary day by Pearl Cleage
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
I know this much is true by Wally Lamb
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The Homeschool Experiment by Charity Hawkins
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Phryne (Fry-nee) Fisher Series by Kerry Greenwood (only 1 or 2 of them)
The Meg Langslow series by Donna Andrews (only 1 or 2 of them)

You Can Buy Happiness (And It's Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified her life and you can too by Tammy Strobel
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl by Ree Drummond The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan
Never have your dog stuffed by Alan Alda
The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living by Rachel Kaplan and K Riby Blume
Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Adele Fabe and Elaine Mazlish
The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain
Paleoista by Nell Stephenson

Thank you to those who recommend books. I wont hold it against you if they don't turn out to be very good ... although I may look at you a little differently .... haha


  1. So cool to see your final list. Thanks for giving my suggestion a place on it. I must talk to you about this blogging business too. i already looked at one title on your list & want to give it a whirl.

    1. Happy to help anytime with setting up a blog Mari. Am not really sure what I am doing and still have a pile of stuff to learn about how to do things on it but for the moment it works for me.

  2. What a great idea making a book list. I often bookmark Kindle books on my computer so I can come back and have another look when I want something to read. I was getting too impulsive, buying everything I saw, and then not reading them. I have a few books waiting to be read. Okay... a lot of books!! I love my Kindle. I bet you love yours too!

    I know I am not going to be able to resist. I just have to investigate some of the books on your list, regardless of the fact I have a million half finished books of my own. I keep hearing "Life of Pi". Perhaps that's the one I want next!

    God bless.

    1. I do think kindles are great but they can never replace a "real" book, especially as I sneak off to the bathroom for a soak and a read. I was told my a friend to pop the kindle in a zip lock bag so I could read it in the bath ... lol

      I also happen to like the smell of a book ... wierd huh? :)

  3. Thanks for stopping by!!
    So happy to find your blog ... love lists ;-)

    (Subbing by email.)

    1. Chelle, Glad to meet a fellow list lover. My planner ends up the size of War and Peace by the end of the year ;)


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