A book look at 2013

2013’s book number was 59

But still. 59 books in a year I had a new baby! I’m impressed! Granted quite a few were YA books or Kindergarten read alouds.

I counted the book if it was a chapter book. As much as the Sarah inside of me would love to count and keep recored of all the picture books we read, well, that isn’t a reality in the stage of my life.

2014 book covers

My 2014 favorites break down…

Kindergarten favorites (Aaron’s favorites)
The Frog and Toad Treasury by Arnold Lobel
One Wintery Night by Ruth Graham Bell
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I read this to him, his dad has now almost finished the series with him!
Elmer and the Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. Book #2 in the series, book #1 we read and loved in 2012.
The Dragons of Blueland by Ruth Stiles Gannett. Book #3 in the series.
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Non-fiction favorites:
Introverts in the Church by Adam S. McHugh. I liked this more than Quiet by Susan Cain and I highly recommend that one!**
The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. With all the books on books I’ve read I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to pick this one up. (see Resources for Inspiration for more of my favorites in this category)
It Starts with Food by Melissa Hartwig. My secret weapon for loosing weight. Seriously. this works and is good for you at the same time. Currently doing another Whole30 this month.**
Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. Enjoying Well Fed 2, right now!
Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist. But this is on everyone’s favorites list I think**

Fiction favorites
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry. Listened to this on Audible. Excellent audiobook.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. This was for our tea party. Part of my 2014 goals include writing more letters.**
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. Quick fun story. So glad there are more in this series. (This is on the line, and possibly a YA book.)

Young Adult favorites I’m don’t usually read in this category, but for my year with a newborn it hit the spot. 
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead**
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum. Not like I remember the movie, it was better than the movie. But I’m not sure I completely remember the movie.
Teddy’s Button by Amy Le Feuvre. A Lamplighter book. I had a goal to read I think 6 Lamplighters this year, I read 3. But this one was excellent!!**

The book break down for the year…

59 total books
19 favorites (books I rated with 5 stars*)
11 book club books (plus I re-read/skimmed Stepping Heavenward which isn’t counted in my total)
33 fiction
25 non-fiction
14 kindergarten read alouds
7 YA books
19 audiobooks
14 read on my kindle (or kindle phone app)

*I can’t really say I’m a “new reader” anymore. It’s been over 5 years that I’ve claimed reading as a favorite hobby. Lately, I’ve been working to find friends who’s tastes are so similar to mine so I’m unlikely to pick up a book that I don’t already know I will like. (My GoodReads friends have been good to me!) This year I must have hit a sweet spot. 19 sounds like a ton of favorites to me!

**These books I would recommend to anyone. Anyone.

Linking up with Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy

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  • http://myhometableau.com/ Johanna Hanson

    Love this list and also enjoy following you on good reads. I think it’s great that we have boys the same age too. Always need ideas to read with him :-)

    I’m encouraged by your reading list since I have a new baby this year. We’ll see how my year pans out :-)

    • http://sarah-proverbs226.blogspot.com/ Sarah Ronk

      I agree! I like your books too, we have have similar tastes.

      My youngest was not the best sleeper, so it actually gave me more opportunities to read… while he was in the sling, in the middle of sleepless nights, while he was in the sling, in the middle of sleepless nights…… :-) The kindle (and app) and audiobooks were helpful!

      Congrats on your newest addition!!

  • Joy

    Yes. we are Book BFF’s. Or Twinsies. Love your choices. :)

    • http://sarah-proverbs226.blogspot.com/ Sarah Ronk

      Haha! Yes book BFF’s!

  • Anne Bogel

    Love your book stats!

    Of all your fiction and nonfiction favorites, the only one I haven’t read is The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I’ve been thinking I need to make time for Favia de Luce in my life in 2014. This is definitely nudging me that direction, since our tastes clearly align. :)

    Thanks for sharing your favorites!