My 2013 Reading List

Stack of Books

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I’m such a nerd when it comes to reading.  I was THAT girl in school. The one who read at recess? Yup. That was me.

My mom would tell me to put down whatever book I was addicted to that week often – and she’s a teacher. So of course, somehow I found the time to read these books last year!

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The Bootstrap VA by Lisa Morosky

How to Write Magnetic Headlines – Copyblogger

The 10 Rock Solid Elements of Effective Online Marketing – Copyblogger

Simple Blogging by Rachel Meeks

Content Marketing – Copyblogger

How to Have Your Cake and Eat it Too by Mandi Ehmen


You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions by Tim Chester

The No Brainer Wardrobe

Organization and Home Management

America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams by Steve and Annette Economides

Simplify Your Time: Stop Running & Start Living! by Marcia Ramsland

One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider


The Missional Mom: Living with Purpose at Home & in the World by Helen Lee

On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam

The Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Baby’s First Year by Rachel Jonat

Gospel-Centered Family by Tim Chester, Ed Moll

Mindset for Moms: From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 Days

First Bites: How To Instill Healthy Eating Habits During Your Baby’s First Year

For Fun

The Mandie Series, Books 1-18

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this one, but I’m chalking it up to the weird things we do when we are pregnant! Toward the end of my pregnancy, I needed something that required absolutely no brain power, so I started re-reading the Mandie Series for pre-teens (yup, that’s right, pre-teens). I’ve read them about a million times.

It started when I unpacked them and put them on the shelves and my four-year-old wanted me to read them to him. After the first chapter of the first book, he turned out to be uninterested. I kept reading. This series was my flavor of the week for a month or so.

I adored this series as a young girl. In some ways, I think I wanted to be Mandie. Maybe I still do! Apparently, she still holds some charm for me. (My cheeks are bright, bright red right now!)

Let’s just say I’m really looking forward to returning to these with my girls someday. If you have a pre-teen or tween now, these might be a great addition to their library.

Some Recommendations

Most useful professionallyThe Bootstrap VA by Lisa Morosky

This book led me to quite a few incredibly useful discoveries, one of the best was Freshbooks, a free cloud accounting service (with a paid option for more functionality). The Freshbooks service was exactly what I didn’t know I was looking for. It’s been a real time and sanity saver.

The Bootstrap VA also led me to unearth a mound of tips, tricks and skills over at Copyblogger. And that’s just to name a couple of the useful things I discovered!

Most useful personallySimplify Your Space: Create Order and Reduce Stress by Marcia Ramsland. Her suggestions led to implementing this organizational system for managing email.

A close second was America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams, which had tons of great ways to save money. Using just a few of their tips, we’ve cut our grocery budget by more than I ever suspected we could.

Most Thought ProvokingThe Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Baby’s First Year

Most Re-readYou Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions by Tim Chester

Several of these were re-reads. It wasn’t the first time I’d read them. It probably won’t be the last. On Becoming Babywise, Simplifying your Time, Simplifying your Space and Gospel Centered Family were all such useful books that I continually return to them. I think I’ve read You Can Change four times now!

Your turn! What did you read this year? Did you post a list? Share your link in the comments below. I’d love to get some ideas for my 2014 reading!

by Summer Kelley


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