48 Books I’m Planning to Read in 2013

Okay, so I couldn’t help myself… I didn’t stick with 24 books on my list like I did the last two years. Instead, since I ended up reading over 135 books and ebooks in 2012, I decided that I could double the number of books I planned specifically to read in 2013. This would challenge me to start and finish some books that have been sitting on my shelf for too long but would still give me space to add in extra books that I come across during the year and want to read right away.

I chose 12 books each in four different categories: 12 spiritually encouraging books, 12 business/productivity/leadership books, 12 fiction/biography books, and 12 home/family-related books. My plan is to read one from each category every month.

By the way, if you missed my post from a few days ago, be sure to check out my Top 20 Favorite Reads in 2012.

And because I know someone is going to ask, if you wondering about when I have time to read, you can check out these posts: Q&A: How Do You Find Time to Read?, Change Your Life and Challenge Your Mind By Making Time for Reading Good Books, and 7 More Ways to Find Time to Read.

Here’s what I mapped out for 2013:

January

20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now

You Can Raise a Well-Mannered Child

A Woman’s Place: A Novel

The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears

February

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

A Charlotte Mason Education

Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life

Idol Lies: Facing the Truth About Our Deepest Desires

March

Making Room for Life: Trading Chaotic Lifestyles for Connected Relationships

Seasons of a Mother’s Heart, 2nd edition

Love Has a Face: Mascara, a Machete and One Woman’s Miraculous Journey with Jesus in Sudan

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

April

The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive

Families Where Grace Is in Place: Building a Home Free of Manipulation, Legalism, and Shame

Lady in Waiting: A Novel

When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box

May

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action

Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples

June

The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams That Win Consistently

Grace-Based Parenting

Just a Minute: In the Heart of a Child, One Moment … Can Last Forever

The Resolution for Women

July

Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders

The Faithful Parent: A Biblical Guide to Raising a Family

While We’re Far Apart

She’s Got Issues: Seriously Good News for Stressed-Out, Secretly Scared Control Freaks Like Us

August

Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul

The Heart of Homeschooling: Teaching & Living What Really Matters

She Makes It Look Easy: A Novel

Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God

September

The Elements of Style (4th Edition)

Lessons at Blackberry Inn: Adventures with the Gentle Art of Learning

Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace

If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat

October

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement

The Jade Bracelet: A Novel

Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus

November

For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families

Children Are Wet Cement

On Every Side

Let. It. Go.: How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith

December

Free Marketing: 101 Low and No-Cost Ways to Grow Your Business, Online and Off

When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Today

Candle in the Darkness (Refiner’s Fire, Book 1)

Undaunted: Daring to do what God calls you to do

What books are you planning to read in 2013? If you’ve blogged about it, be sure to leave your link in the comments.

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  1. says

    Hey, I am so excited that you are planning to read She’s Got Issues in 2013! I hope it will encourage you in the way that you encourage so many through your blog. Cheers!

  2. says

    Although not a book, over the past 2 years I have been reading “Imprimis.” From their website…Imprimis, which in Latin means “in the first place,” is Hillsdale College’s national speech digest. It publishes monthly presentations delivered at it’s many seminar and lecture programs. Speakers are from around the world. Begun in 1972 , it now reaches over 2.6 million readers monthly, the largest thing of its kind…… It comes at no cost to anyone who wishes to receive it, as part of Hillsdale’s commitment to “pursuing truth and defending liberty.” (Can be read online or sent to home) http://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/subscriber/new

    They also have 2 free classes online. History 101 and Constitution 101/201. http://online.hillsdale.edu/

    Although not Christian, Hillsdale is a conservative liberal arts college.

  3. Megan says

    Crys – I listened to this one Free Marketing: 101 Low and No-Cost Ways to Grow Your Business, Online and Off and really liked it! Read with a pencil and paper and highliter – he really has good info. You already do so many things that he recommends I was certain you had already read it! Get on his mailing list now too! Jim has very relevant ideas! I would move that up in your plan as he will grow your business so much over the next year!

  4. Megan says

    Read Tina Fey Bossypants -do audio- the chapter on motherhood is tears down your face funny. At least I thought it was!!

  5. says

    First time I’ve posted here, but I have enjoyed lurking at moneysavingmom.com! I’ve read some of the books on your list, and love reading! Here’s a list I’m hoping to get through this year: http://itavitaafrican.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/reading-goals-2013/
    It’s not as extensive as yours. I’ll have to re-read your articles on how you find time to read that much. Wow!

    I hope to read For the Children’s Sake on my list for this year. I also plan to use MFW next year. I wondered if you lean more towards Charlotte Mason philosophy or classical. :) Happy reading to you!