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The Best Books of 2013

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For the last three years, I kept a running list of the books I’ve read on RowdyKittens. About three months ago, I started to use Goodreads to keep track of the books I’ve read. However, I haven’t been updating my book list because it’s not an activity I enjoy.  Instead, I’ve opted to make notes about the books I love in my journal. Then, I share my recommendations in my weekly happy links round-up.

Over the last few days, I’ve been culling through the books I read during 2013 and I wanted to share my favorite books with you. However, I didn’t want the list to be insanely long, so I only picked the very best reads to share with you.

I highly recommend these books. Be sure to pick up a copy at your library, a local bookstore, or from an online retailer.

Best book on writing . . .

Best book on healthcare & caregiving . . .

Best self-help book, ever . . .

Best book on simplicity . . .

Best series . . .

Best fantasy/mystery . . .

Best memoirs . . .

Share your favorite books in the comments section.

Be well,

P. S. A big thanks goes to my friend Courtney for inspiring this post! Also, check out simpleyear.co. I’m really excited about this collaborative course!

a simple year

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  • Cynthia December 10, 2013, 2:17 pm

    Excellent list! I recently read “Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision” by David duChemin and I think you’d really enjoy it 🙂

    • Tammy Strobel December 10, 2013, 2:49 pm

      Cynthia – That sounds amazing! I will add it to my reading list. 🙂

  • Nila December 10, 2013, 2:21 pm

    Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is fantastic. Dog lovers will love it. It is funny and a tear jerker.

  • Elizabeth December 10, 2013, 3:28 pm

    I loved The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. I thought it was a stunning, thought-provoking read with an ending I didn’t see coming. Just one request — please don’t look at online reviews of this novel before reading — so many reviewers felt compelled to reveal the plot twists and ruin it for others. Luckily for me, I’d never even heard of this book when I picked it up off my library’s “New Fiction” table. It’s really fantastic — I hope you will love it as I did.

  • Shadlyn Wolfe December 10, 2013, 6:36 pm

    If you actually enjoy the kind of books in your photo, I highly recommend Yotsuba! Actually, even if you usually don’t. It’s a comic about a hilarious little girl – both over the top and sometimes astonishingly accurate. Sweet, funny, well-written, and well-drawn.

  • Paul R December 11, 2013, 7:14 am

    Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima by Stephen Walker. This was the most horrifying and fascinating book I’ve read all year. This is a non-fiction account that reads like a thriller. It is told from the point of view of politicians, scientists, the pilots and ground crew, and people in Hiroshima. The location moves by chapter to follow the story after a couple US focused chapters you will then be in Hiroshima with a school child or local doctor.

  • Katie December 12, 2013, 2:21 am

    Well, actually Tammy, my favourite book this year was this something I came across called You Can Buy Happiness…. 🙂 It really struck a chord with me, and had me nodding yes yes YES all the way through – making notes and bookmarks all over it, and telling so many people about it. I just bought my Mama a copy for christmas, so she can see what all the fuss is about, and also to explain the way I live too 🙂 It also gave me much inspiration for writing.

    I just finished reading The Book Thief, which is so beautifully written, the words are amazing, like a long, readable poem.

    I too have been keeping a list of the books that I read this year….but have managed to lose the page (how do you lose a page from a journal?!) So I will get my thinking cap on and do some remembering 🙂 XXXXXXX

  • lucent imagery December 12, 2013, 3:42 pm

    Ooh I’m excited. I’ve often told people how writing about something emotional on my blog is very therapeutic. It allows me to work through it and then let it go. I truly feel the weight lift when it’s published. Therefore I’m very much looking forward to reading the first book. Thank you for sharing your favourites!

  • Jillian December 14, 2013, 6:15 pm

    I just saw the book “The End of Your Life Book Club” at my local bookstore, it looked amazing.
    Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Linda December 16, 2013, 4:20 am

    Thanks for the great list Tammy. I’ll be adding “Writing as a Way of Healing” to my TBR stacks.

    My book favorites of 2013 include “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave, “The True History of Paradise” by Margaret Cezair-Thompson and “The Generosity Plan: Sharing your Time, Treasure and Talent to Shape the World by Kathy LeMay.

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