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113 Books To Read In 2013

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Allison is a writer, managing editor of Prodigal Magazine and author of Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage (Moody, 2013). She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband Darrell. You can follow her daily on Twitter or Facebook

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Last week I asked you to tell help me make a list of books I should read in 2013 and your response was overwhelming. Many of you requested I put the list together in one place so you could reference it. Well, here it is! 113 books in all.

I’ll pay you 113 bucks if you can read all 113 of them this year (just kidding. maybe).

Since it would obviously be really time consuming for me to research every book on the list and give a case for why you should read it, I’ve highlighted a few of my favorites. These are books I’ve read and highly recommend, or books I’m planning to read in the next twelve months. Thank you for your suggestions.

As for giving a case for each book, I’ll leave that part to you! Happy reading and commenting.

  1. Nursery Crime by Jasper Fforde
  2. Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos
  3. Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman
  4. Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker
  5. Seven by Jen Hatmaker
  6. The Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker
  7. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  8. Silent Resolve by Susan VonVokenburg
  9. The God Who Let Me Down by Susan VonVokenburg
  10. Red Letter Revolution by Shane Claiborne
  11. The Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning
  12. Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy
  13. Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  14. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  15. Pharisectomy by Peter Haas
  16. Insurrection by Peter Rollins
  17. Still by Lauren Winner
  18. Your Beautiful Purpose by Susie Larson
  19. Stuck by Jenny Allen
  20. Fup by Jim Dodge
  21. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  22. Mended by Angie Smith
  23. The Space Trilogy by C.S Lewis
  24. Divergent
  25. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  26. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  27. Till We Have Faces by C.S Lewis
  28. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  29. Wise Blood by Kristin Lavransdatter
  30. A Meal With Jesus by Tim Chester
  31. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
  32. Unbroken by Laura Hildenbrand
  33. A Girl of the Limberlost by Stratton Porter
  34. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  35. Glittering Vices by Rebecca Konyndyke DeYoung
  36. The River Why by David James Duncan
  37. Sights Unseen by Kaye Gibbons
  38. Half Broke Horse by Jeanette Wells
  39. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
  40. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  41. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  42. Girl Meets God by Lauren F. Winner
  43. Behind the Beautiful Forever by Katherine Boo
  44. Desperate for His Presence by Rhonda Hugh
  45. The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides
  46. Think Differently Live Differently by Bob Hamp
  47. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  48. The Reader by Bernard Schlink
  49. Heroes and Monsters by Josh Riebok
  50. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemmingway
  51. Unepected Gifts by Chris Heuertz
  52. Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis
  53. Torn by Justin Lee
  54. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
  55. A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
  56. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  57. Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
  58. The Time Machine by H.G Wells
  59. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  60. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba
  61. Writing to Change The World by Mary Pipher
  62. Soul Detox by Craig Groeschel
  63. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
  64. What’s It Like to be Married to Me by Linda Dillow
  65. Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken
  66. Pilgrimage of A Soul by Phileena Heuertz,
  67. Beauty Will Save The World by Brian Zahnd
  68. About You by Dick Staub
  69. Paper Towns by John Green
  70. Fatherless Generation by John Sowers
  71. 20,000 Days & Counting by Robert D. Smith
  72. Fresh Air by Chris Hodges
  73. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  74. Glorious Ruin by Tullian Tchividjian
  75. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  76. The Purpose of Chosen by Dayna R. Bickham
  77. Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr
  78. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
  79. Confessions by Augustine
  80. Love Is An Orientation by Andrew Marin
  81. Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
  82. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.
  83. Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole
  84. Trusting in God Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges
  85. The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
  86. Crazy Love by Francis Chan
  87. The Unlikely Missionary: From Pew-Warmer to Poverty-Figher by Dan King
  88. Heft: A Novel by Liz Moore
  89. Finding Hannah by John Kess
  90. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  91. Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
  92. Disciplined Eating by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
  93. Dangerous Calling by Paul David Tripp
  94. Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Otherness, Identity & Reconciliation by Miroslav Volf
  95. Mortal by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
  96. Descended ~ Jett by Dana Pratola
  97. Love’s Sacred Song by Mesu Andrews
  98. Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischoff
  99. Missing by Susan D. Williams
  100. The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller
  101. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  102. Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
  103. Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
  104. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Piccoult
  105. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  106. Love Does by Bob Goff
  107. The Raft by Robert Trumbull
  108. Shadow of the Almighty, the story of Jim Elliot
  109. The Brothers K by David James Duncan
  110. To Own a Dragon by Donald Miller
  111. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  112. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
  113. Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck

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