My Favorite Books of 2013

I hate when people ask me to pick a favorite book. (Do I really have to pick one?)

But, just to be fun, and to do my first link-up with Modern Mrs. Darcy, I thought I should compile a list of my favorite books I read in 2013.


1)   hotel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. This  beautiful story of friendship gives a glimpse of one Chinese American’s experiences during the 1940’s. Read my post for more info.





2) orphantrain Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  I’ve always been fascinated with stories of orphans, and Kline tells a good story.






3) I really cannot pick a favorite of Kate Morton’s works, but thought she was worth a mention. Check out The Forgotten Garden or The Secret Keeper first.


1) toxic charity  Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton. Lupton shares a different perspective on helping people in need, giving me a lot to think about.  I share more in this book review.





2) quiet  Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I understand why this book is so popular, and I understand a little more about my  introverted self.






3) onesmallboat One Small Boat by Kathy Harrison. A peek inside the ups and downs of foster parenting, written by a veteran foster mother. Read more here.






4) dressmaker  The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. Lemmon tells the story of a young Afghani woman and her courageous entrepreneurial spirit. Read my book review for my details.





What are some of your favorite books you read in the past year?


6 thoughts on “My Favorite Books of 2013

  1. I loved your list. I actually put three of the books on my too read list. Orphan Train, Toxic Charity and the the Dressmaker of Khair Khona. I could use some guidance on charity. It is hard to know when to give and not give especially living overseas. On a fun note, I have been to Khair Khona shopping. Great place to buy fabric.

    • I agree – it is so hard to have wisdom in giving! Every situation is so different and we can’t see the whole picture. Fabric shopping in Khair Khona sounds fun – much more interesting than the store I shop at!

  2. I agree about Kate Morton … except I do think The Secret Keeper is my favorite. It’s possible that’s because it’s the last one I read, and the freshest in my mind.

    LOVE quiet and the Jamie Ford book. (have you read his new one? I’m thinking about it….) Very curious about The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. Sounds fascinating!

    • Thanks for the reminder about Jamie Ford’s book. I was waiting until our library got a copy, but then I forgot about it. I just reserved one. :)

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