As you may have noticed, I’m a bit of a bookworm. I love curling up with a hot cup of tea, a cozy blanket, and a good book. As 2013 is drawing to a close, I wanted to share with you my favorite reads over the last year. Be sure to stay with me until the end…you just might find my very first giveaway!
I looked back at the books that I had rated 5-Stars on GoodReads this year, and I feel pretty confident in my Top Ten!
“I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.”
“You don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it too.”
This one always makes me chuckle: “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”
“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.”
“Sometimes the best way to bring good news to the poor is to bring actual good news to the poor. It appears a good way to bring relief to the oppressed is to bring real relief to the oppressed. It’s almost like Jesus meant what He said. When you’re desperate, usually the best news you can receive is food, water, shelter. These provisions communicate God’s presence infinitely more than a tract or Christian performance in the local park. They convey, ‘God loves you so dearly, He sent people to your rescue.’”
This was such an inspiring book! I wrote about it here, where it had me asking the question of what makes you feel most alive?
(The recipe for Shauna Niequist’s delicious Blueberry Crisp is found in Bread & Wine. I can’t get enough – breakfast, lunch, supper, midnight snack – YUM!)
I love Shauna’s mantra – Present over perfect. What a beautiful reminder over this Christmas season – and living everyday life!
Ok…Here comes the good part. My top two favorite books were so inspiring, so heartbreaking, and so amazing (on completely different levels), that I wanted to take this opportunity to share copies these books with you! Drumroll, please…
Y’all. This book will make you want to go out and change the world. Each and every chapter is heartbreaking as you learn about the many injustices, atrocities, and struggles that our sisters all over the world are facing daily. The thing that I loved about this book is that along with each excruciatingly painful story, there is also a flip-side where the authors also tell the stories of people who are out there on the global battlefields and helping these women and girls around the world. I wish that I could hand this book out to everyone that I meet!
“Our focus has to be on changing reality, not changing laws.”
“One of the great failings of the American education system (in our view) is that young people can graduate from university without any understanding of poverty at home or abroad.”
“This is a story of transformation. It is change that is already taking place, and change that can accelerate if you’ll just open your heart and join in.”
The only fiction book on my Top Ten list this year, this book just might ruin you for all other novels! It was engaging, thought-provoking, and an incredible story that you will not soon forget! I just might send the winner of this book a package of Kleenex as well!
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
“Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”
I want nothing more than to spread the love and share my two very favorite books of the year with my friends – YOU! I’m going to give away my top two favorite books of 2013! One of you will win Half the Sky and the other winner will be sent Me Before You! If they aren’t exactly your favorite genres, they would make incredible Christmas gifts for the friends and loved ones in your life!
As I was researching how to go about doing a giveaway here in my little corner of the world, I came across several methods…but I kept noticing a common theme. I noticed that so many giveaways allow certain numbers of entries if you subscribe to the blog, follow them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, Instagram a specific thing, share the giveaway on social media, etc. I’m sure that it works beautifully for many blogs, but it made me kind of tired just by looking at it. I really do LOVE it when you “like” my blog of Facebook, share posts with others, comment on posts, and connect with me on Instagram/FB/Pinterest/etc. – *happy Snoopy dance* – but I don’t want anyone to feel like they have to jump through hoops when you come to visit me!
I just want to share my favorite books with you!
That is why I decided to make this giveaway super simple! All you have to do to be entered in this book lover’s giveaway is to:
1. Leave a comment here and tell me what was your favorite book(s) that you read in 2013!
This giveaway is open for 1 week, and will end next Wednesday, December 10, 2013. Two names will be randomly selected as the winners, (I think I’ll go for the good, old-fashioned, scientific, draw names out of a hat method), and I’ll shoot them each an email!
I’m excited and nervous to hold my first giveaway, so would you please leave me a comment with your favorite reads of the year? I can’t wait to see what y’all have been enjoying in 2013, and to share my favorites with you!
Wishing you an awesomely book-filled 2014,
*Disclosure – the Amazon links in this post are Affiliate links, which means that if you happen to purchase anything through Amazon after clicking on my link, I may receive a small kickback on the sale. You won’t pay more for clicking through the links, I promise. And I won’t recommend anything that I don’t absolutely LOVE to you!
* The giveaway is now closed. A huge thank you to everyone who entered – and to our winners – Jeri and Jan H! *
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