Monday, February 04, 2013

2013 - The Year of the Book

I'm a magazine junkie.
I have hundreds and hundreds of them.
I have every single issue of Country Living magazine from 2004 to present. Truth.
When I die, I'll be known as the Crazy Magazine Lady.
I love magazines.

But part way through last year, something in me shifted.
I don't know why but I began losing interest in magazines.
Have they gotten boring? Has Pinterest replaced them for me?
I don't know. But for the first time in years, I've cancelled all of my magazine subscriptions.
I didn't even renew Country Living! (Sorry CL. I still love you. It's not you, it's me.)
If something looks completely irresistible, I'll pick it up on the newsstand or borrow it from the library.

So, 2013 for me is the Year Of The Book.
These are a few of the books I read last year. (there were several more but they've been returned to the library, or are lost under my bed or something.)

I can tell you wholeheartedly that Nichole Nordeman's Love Story was the best read I've had in years.

I asked on social media a while back for new book suggestions for 2013, since I'm declaring it the Year of The Book and all.

Here were the overwhelming answers.

- The Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus (this one came highly recommended by my friend Lisa Whelchel.)

- 7 by Jen Hatmaker

- Anything by Jennie Allen

- Radical by David Platt

- Mended by Angie Smith (you can see it in the stack above, I'm in the middle of it now! So good.)

- The Prodigal God by Tim Keller

- Everything by Mary DeMuth

- The Duck Commander Family by Willie Robertson

I'm a fairly slow reader. I don't like to rush through, but take each paragraph slowly and deliberately.
I like to absorb it all.

So I have a lot of fun reading ahead of me this year!
What about you? 
Magazines or books? Anything you've read lately that you want to recommend? 


Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

I used to be a magazine person and pinterest and reading blogs has replaced that.

So what are you doing with all your old magazines? ;)

kraftykash said...

I did not know there was a Duck dynasty book! We LOVE that show, seriously! I am terrible at reading books. I am always thinking of all the other things I could be doing. LOL My brain never stops!

Unknown said...

If you want even more recommendations or to hear what other people think of books before you buy/check out, you should get on I absolutely love that website. I've found books I wouldn't have even given a second look at and loved! Plus you can log on with Facebook, which makes it easier for forgetful me! :D Happy Reading!

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Trish D said...

I love reading, and always have multiple books going at the same time (generally 2 novels - 1 hard copy and 1 on my Kindle, plus 1 nonfiction).

Will be starting 7 next week, and doing a very informal book club thing with a few friends. Looking forward to it! I also have several of the other books on my "read soon" list. I have to be careful, though, because I find myself spending more time on books ABOUT the Bible/Christianity rather than the Word itself, so one of my goals for 2013 is to read the Bible cover to cover (using the Chronological one, which is new for me).

Patty Sumner said...

It is sad but I agree with you. Maganzines are becoming a thing of the many great blogs and pinterest..I love to read...I mean love to read.. The David Platt book is awesome...I read lots of Christian of my favs is an oldie but goodie...In His steps by Charles Sheldon...The Shack or Crossroads by Paul Young (the Shack is the better one)..Atonement Child by Karen Kingsbury...Divine by Karen Kingsbur, Percing the Darkness and This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti,Debbie Macomber has some great books..A new author I had not read but loved the book..SCARS by Patience Prince. anything about Amish living by Beverly Lewis..Under the overpass by Mike Yankoski (he spends a year as a homeless person..great read). As you can see..I love to read.. I prefer Christian reading over secular...just my choice... I will check out the Nicole Noredeman...Love Story..that sounds great. well, enough of that...BLessings and happy reading!

Patty Sumner said...

Oh by the way, Love, Love, Love, the chain you are selling for the Abuse Shelter in Kansas.. I saw it over at Women to Women....I am going to order...Love that giving attitude! blessings and may that return to you a 100 fold..

woolies said...

I miss reading, a LOT. I'm a writer/reader - or was. English major in college.
The problem is, I knit. A Lot. It's my business. And it's not possible to knit and read at the same time. Do I go to audio books? Help!

Colleen said...

I just downloaded sherlock holmes on my kindle for free-and am loving it! And I bought Les Miserables-have been meaning to read it for ages and now the movie caused it to be available inexpensively. Guess it is going to be a year of classics for me! :)

Jenifer Metzger said...

Read many of these and love them!

Ellyn said...

both! LOL I've been narrowing down my magazine subscriptions though, not doing away with ALL of them but some for sure. Will have to look for Love Story. One Thousand Gifts was a life changer for me last year.

Anonymous said...

Anything from Sarah Addison Allen. The Peach Keeper, The Sugar Queen, Garden Spells.

Unknown said...

I love reading! I bought a Kindle after Christmas in 2011 and I read almost 100 books in 2012! It was nice to have any book i wanted at my fingertips! And a lot of them were free!
I'm currently finishing up Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (funnily enough, it's a real book). It's so good. It's the book of Hosea fictionalized.

Unknown said...

Ok, that last bit sounds weird. It's the book of Hosea made into a novel set in the 1800's. It really gives life to the story and goes deeper into what the lives of the characters.

Unknown said...

oh man, i can't write today! It goes deeper in to what the lives of the characters might have been like.

JaimeM said...

Yes, books are awesome! Those are some good recommendations too! Another one {if you'd like} to add is called Infinitely More by Alex Krutov. He's a former Russian orphan and it tells his story. Pretty awesome.

And yes, between blogs and pinterest {and modified bed rest with my twins pregnancy} I've lost interest in magazines. Sad, but true....and I even used to work for one! :/

merlin said...

Just finishing the shattering book "Room."
"The Sandcastle Girls" rocked my world as well.
Thank you for sharing your books, I'm inspired to read some of them.
Oh, I'm rereading The Narnia series and it is incredible the richness found in them at mid-life.

Lindsey said...

The Blackberry Bush by David Housholder.

My Dad is the author and I would gladly send you a copy!

Blondie's Journal said...

I was very much like you with magazines, I had subscriptions to everything and they piled up after I read them. And sadly, I retain very little from magazines! And...I would read the magazines before I'd pick up my book so I'd stay current. So now I'm back into book reading. I have a Nook but I also hit a used bookstore frequently. I have to check out some of your titles. I post the books I'm reading on my sidebar. Yes, I guess this is the year of the book!!


Unknown said...

i struggle to read mags, but love love love books. the book i believe all humans should read is Left to Tell by Immacule Ilibagiza. it's the memoir of a lady who lived through the rwandan holocaust in 1994. by hiding in a small bathroom and praying nonstop for 91 days. astounding story.

Diane said...

"A Simple Act" by Debbie Macomber. I'm in the middle of it and am loving it.

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