2013 Book Year in Review

It is time for my annual book list! (last year’s list is here) I keep track of my annual reads using Goodreads. As soon as I finish a book, I add it to my appropriate bookshelf and then at the end of the year I can easily look back at it and see what I’ve read! In addition to the 68 books below via Goodreads, I also read 8 others that did not have a Goodreads listing (otherwise, easy peasy to use Goodreads to track books—that is, if tracking books holds any interest for you!)

If I did a review of the title, it is linked to in my comments. I’d also love to know what were your favorite reads of 2013? 🙂

Also, remember that my organized, birth-specific, ongoing book recommendations/reviews are here: Talk Books

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Open Mind: Women's Daily Inspiration for Becoming Mindful
read this all year (it is daily meditation book) and I loved it!
5 stars
Dec 30, 2013
Journey of the Priestess
4 stars
Dec 30, 2013
Cooking Like a Goddess: Bringing Seasonal Magic Into the Kitchen
4 stars
Dec 26, 2013
Birthrites: Rituals and Celebrations for the Child-Bearing Years
Post series about this book here
4 stars
Dec 25, 2013
Meet Marie-Grace (American Girls: Marie-Grace and Cécile, #1)
I got this doll for Christmas. No, I did not need another American Girl doll, BUT she was on sale via a steals site of some kind and I could NOT resist her.
3 stars
Dec 24, 2013
V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone #22)
3 stars
Dec 13, 2013
When God Was a Woman
This was one of my first readings in feminist thealogy. I had to re-read it for one of my D.Min classes.
4 stars
Dec 05, 2013
Cut, Stapled, and Mended: When One Woman Reclaimed Her Body and Gave Birth on Her Own Terms After Cesarean
Loved this! Review here.
5 stars
Dec 01, 2013
My Kitchen Cure: How I Cooked My Way Out of Chronic Autoimmune Disease with Whole Foods and Healing Recipes
Surprisingly good and fun! Review here.
4 stars
Nov 23, 2013
The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood
Affirming and important. Post for the associated blog carnival is here.
5 stars
Nov 23, 2013
Blessed by Less: A Spiritual Approach to Clearing Your Life of Clutter
Read for Patheos book club. Review here.
4 stars
Nov 22, 2013
The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's Classroom
4 stars
Oct 08, 2013
West Country Wicca: A Journal of the Old Religion
I don’t consider myself wiccan and parts of this book were hokeylicious, but parts were very interesting.
3 stars
Sep 29, 2013
Priestess of Avalon Priestess of the Goddess: A Renewed Spiritual Path for the 21st Century : A Journey of Transformation within the Sacred Landscape of Glastonbury and the Isle of Avalon
One of my favorite priestess reads of the year! Highly recommended!
5 stars
Aug 28, 2013
The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future
This was another second reading for my D.Min coursework.
4 stars
Aug 25, 2013
From Pain to Parenthood: A Journey Through Miscarriage to Adoption
Used quotes from this book in this post.
3 stars
Aug 11, 2013
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life
I read this book for a year-long course in compassion for my D.Min program. I keep meaning to do a post series about it, but have not yet done so.
3 stars
Aug 10, 2013
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness, #3)
My all-time favorite books from childhood. Being interviewed by First the Egg about childhood favorites inspired me to start reading them aloud to my kids.  They love them too! (I do edit very slightly for minimal sex content) And, no fewer than two of my own children’s names were inspired by these books–the same character, no less! 😉
5 stars
Aug 09, 2013
Keep Simple Ceremonies: The Feminist Spiritual Community of Portland, Maine
Cool format, interesting ideas.
4 stars
Aug 04, 2013
The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth
Read for another D. Min course.
4 stars
Aug 01, 2013
Cybill Disobedience: How I Survived Beauty Pageants, Elvis, Sex, Bruce Willis, Lies, Marriage, Motherhood, Hollywood, and the Irrepressible
Surprising commentary on birth and breastfeeding (including nursing twins into toddlerhood!)
3 stars
Jul 25, 2013
Introduction to Human Services: Through the Eyes of Practice Settings
New edition of textbook for one of the classes I teach. Yes, I did actually read the entire thing.
4 stars
Jul 21, 2013
Virgin Mother Crone: Myths and Mysteries of the Triple Goddess
4 stars
Jul 18, 2013
Thealogy and Embodiment: The Post-Patriarchal Reconstruction of Female Sacrality
dense and academic and GOOD.
5 stars
Jul 14, 2013
The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home
1 star
Jul 08, 2013
Lady of the Northern Light: A Feminist Guide to the Runes
2 stars
Jul 04, 2013
A Woman's Way To Wisdom
2 stars
Jul 01, 2013
Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World
available to read online here.
3 stars
Jun 30, 2013
Seeking the Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theologies
4 stars
Jun 30, 2013
The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World
4 stars
Jun 27, 2013
Honoring Menstruation: A Time of Self-Renewal
5 stars
Jun 21, 2013
Reaching for the Moon
 4 stars
Jun 10, 2013
Bridging the Gap
 5 stars
Jun 07, 2013
Priestesses Pythonesses Sibyls - The Sacred Voices of Women Who Speak with and for the Gods
 3 stars
May 17, 2013
Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture
 3 stars
May 13, 2013
Midwifing Death: Returning to the Arms of the Ancient Mother
 4 stars
May 09, 2013
Moon Mysteries
 4 stars
May 04, 2013
Woman Prayer, Woman Song: Resources for Ritual
 3 stars
May 02, 2013
Thea Gallas Always Gets Her Man
Fun and sassy mystery novel about an IBCLC. Review here.
 4 stars
Apr 26, 2013
Journey to the Dark Goddess: How to Return to Your Soul
 4 stars
Apr 21, 2013
More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity
 3 stars
Apr 19, 2013
What Dying People Want: Practical Wisdom For The End Of Life
Read right before my grandma died. Post here.
 4 stars
Apr 18, 2013
Eve Hallows and the Book of Shadows (The Nightmare Series, #2)
Read aloud to boys and they chose rating.
 5 stars
Apr 14, 2013
The Art of being a Healing Presence
Read during my grandma’s illness. Commentary here.
 4 stars
Apr 09, 2013
The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change
Some quotes and thoughts in this post.
 4 stars
Apr 08, 2013
She Is Everywhere! Volume 3: An Anthology of Writings in Womanist/Feminist Spirituality
Have this as a digital copy that I somehow managed to lose and cannot find! So frustrating!
 4 stars
Apr 07, 2013
The Art of Family: Rituals, Imagination, and Everyday Spirituality
Talk Books post here.
 3 stars
Mar 30, 2013
The Alternative Medicine Cabinet
 3 stars
Mar 25, 2013
The Midwife's Tale
Author interview and brief review here.
 4 stars
Mar 24, 2013
Gift from the Sea
Quotes and connections here.
 5 stars
Mar 16, 2013
The Great Convergence (The Book of Deacon, #2)
 3 stars
Mar 11, 2013
Foundations of Social Policy: Social Justice in Human Perspective (Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series)
Now I remember why I didn’t get as many books finished in 2013. Switched to a different, much shorter, textbook for the 2014 session of this course!
 3 stars
Feb 24, 2013
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Written about here and referenced in this post about being an introverted mama.
 4 stars
Feb 24, 2013
Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery
Read for Patheos book club and written about on that platform. Eventually will post here also!
 3 stars
Feb 17, 2013
The Earth Speaks: An Acclimatization Journal
 5 stars
Feb 02, 2013
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
Listened to complete book on CD with kids.
 5 stars
Jan 31, 2013
Moods of Motherhood
Very much enjoyed! Referenced in this post and this one too.
 5 stars
Jan 30, 2013
The Magickal Retreat: Making Time for Solitude, Intention & Rejuvenation
 4 stars
Jan 20, 2013
Child of the Mist (These Highland Hills, #1)
 2 stars
Jan 16, 2013
Red Moon
 4 stars
Jan 13, 2013
Gathering for Goddes, a Complete Manual for Priestessing Women's Circles
 4 stars
Jan 07, 2013
Jump Up:  Good Times Throughout the Seasons with Celebrations from Around the World
 2 stars
Jan 07, 2013
Shakti Woman: Feeling Our Fire, Healing Our World
Touched upon in this post.
 5 stars
Jan 06, 2013
Pagan Every Day: Finding the Extraordinary in Our Ordinary Lives
 2 stars
Jan 06, 2013

Books not able to be entered via Goodreads:

Runes of the Goddess by PMH Atwater (5/22/13)Menarche–a journey into womanhood by Racheal Hertogs (6/29/13)

Prosperous Priestess Handbook by Lisa Michaels (7/4/13)

Surviving online group work (7/11/13. Booklet, basically)

Inner Goddess Revolution (7/14/13. Cheap)

Father’s Seed, Mother’s Sorrow (reproduction theory. Extremely interesting. More about this one later. 12/3/2013)

Earthdance, Birthdance (Nane Jordan MA thesis. Very  good! 12/4/2013)

Love and the Goddess (free Kindle book, 12/6/2013)

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