My Favorite Read of 2013 {plus a Kindle Paperwhite giveaway!}

Earlier this year, while we were in Hawaii for a family vacation, my sister’s friend – who had joined us on the trip – recommended the YA novel she was reading. She thought I might be interested because the main characters were fighting cancer and she knew my history with the disease. So, when she was in the pool one afternoon, I grabbed the book from her lounge chair. It was John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and it heartbreakingly fantastic.

I loved it so much that I couldn’t put it down. The problem was, she was reading it at the same time! I’m really old school when it comes to reading books; I like to actually flip the pages of a novel. But my husband suggested I download my own copy of the book onto his e-reader. I was a little reluctant but it didn’t make a difference once I got the hang ofΒ swiping the pages. Yay for e-readers! Want to win one of your own?


You guys! Together with my favorite bloggers, I am giving away three fabulous prizes! A Kindle Paperwhite, A Keurig K65 Brewing System and a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer! We’re choosing three winners! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Read the fine print of this giveaway here.

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Now, back to books.Β I asked friends what was the best book they read in 2013. Here’s what they came up with. Maybe you’ll want to download one or two of them on your brand new Kindle Paperwhite!


Melissa suggested Wide Awake and Dreaming by Julie Flygare
Tiffany liked Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Ashley chose Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Sharon offered up The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
Melissa couldn’t decide between Happily Ever After: The Life Changing Power of a Grateful Heart by Trista Sutter
and This Year I Will: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True by M.J. Ryan
Gigi picked A Thousand Splendid Suns
Erica thought Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? by Mindy Kaling and The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster
Anna liked Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Tonya suggested The Husband’s Secret, Where’d You Go Bernadette? and The Fault in Our Stars
Steph suggested The Power of a Positive Mom by Karol Ladd
Jen loved Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Sarah said Kisses for Katie was the best book ever
JD proclaimed that Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt was like a “big warm hug”
Jennifer picked What Alice Forgot as one of her favorites
Besty chose Roger Eberts’ memoir Life Itself
Alicia thought The Age of Miracles was wondrous
Michelle liked many listed above including Gone Girl


  1. I would love any of those fantastic prizes! And great book picks! I want to check out “The Husband’s Secret.” Ellen

  2. I love your list of book picks!! And I’d love to check out some of them on a new Kindle!

  3. I would most love the Kindle Paperwhite!!! But the other prizes look great too!

  4. Any present of my own would be awesome!

  5. Kindle! Or the mixer! πŸ™‚

  6. Thank you for all of the book suggestions! I am always looking for something new to read πŸ™‚

  7. Lauren Plummer says:

    a kitchenaid would be soooo wonderful!!

  8. I’d LOVE the stand mixer!!

  9. I would like the kindle paperwhite,

  10. I got back into reading this year after a long hiatus! Love this post because I am always looking for amazing new reads! Thanks!

  11. Oops! Forgot to mention I would LOVE a Kindle under the Xmas tree!

  12. I would love the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer.

  13. It would be hard to choose just one….but I would have to go with the Kindle!

  14. Ohhh how I have always wanted a Kitchenaid mixer! My girls and I would love using that for some baking!

  15. I would love the Kindle or the Keurig!

  16. Difficult decision: Kindle or Keurig?
    Thanks for the Favorite Reads list. It will help me with my Christmas shopping, as well as choosing my next book!

  17. I won’t lie – since I’ve stepped up my baking game, I’d love that mixer! I feel as if everyone but me owns one and I hate being left out πŸ™‚

  18. I want the Keurig under my tree!

  19. Do I have to choose? I want to win ALL of these great prizes! πŸ˜‰

  20. The stand mixer! I think mine was accidentally sold at a yard sale when we moved from our last house. πŸ™

  21. I’d love a Kindle. Mine died in a tragic, “I willingly gave it to the baby to play with and he broke it” accident.

  22. I would love the KitchenAid Mixer!

  23. I would love to check out The Power of a Positive Mom! Also would like to win the Kindle. I prefer paper books too but my hubby keeps bugging me to just use an e reader!

  24. How I’d love to win them all — if I had to choose, I’d choose the Keurig. Can’t ever have enough coffee making devices πŸ˜‰

  25. I have been looking for a used copy of The Husband’s Secret! This is a great giveaway!

  26. I’d love to win the KA stand mixer, but not to put under MY tree – I’d give it to my sister in law and make her Christmas AWESOME.

  27. Ooooh! I have the mixer – it’s even the red one! And a Keurg. I’d reaaaally love a Kindle. πŸ™‚

  28. Great prizes!! Kindles are awesome – I thought I could never give up real books, but I adore having so many books with me ALL THE TIME πŸ™‚

  29. I couldn’t post my answer in the entry so here it is….kitchenaid mixer for sure! πŸ™‚

  30. I would loooove to win the Kuerig!! I’ve wanted one for a few years now, and just dont have the extra money for it. Kids come first, no matter what!!

  31. I don’t have a lot of free time for reading right now (work full-time, college full-time, wife full-time plus 3 kiddos), but I’d love the Kindle for those rare moments.

  32. I’ve wanted a Keurig for years now!

  33. Definitely the mixer. I hate cooking, but secretly love to bake! This would allow me to stop mixing everything with my whisk and a whole lot of elbow grease!

  34. I’d love to have that mixer under my tree this year!!

  35. Kindra Crandell says:

    The mixer without a doubt. I love to cook & bake. and I’m old school when it comes to my coffee & my books.

  36. I’d love any of the three! “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is a fantastic book πŸ™‚

  37. The coffee maker would be wonderful, as would the mixer. I would definitely get the most use out of the Kindle, though!

  38. Out of these I would love the stand mixer!

  39. Adriana Gonzalez says:

    Its hard to choose! but it would be useful to have the mixer.

  40. Love the list of books. I need to put these on my list. What a great giveaway for Christmas.

  41. Kapil Singh says:

    Wow so many prizes,

    Pray I win πŸ™‚

  42. Kindle Paperwhite would be swell, thanks!

  43. I would want the KA mixer. I have a Keurig and a Kindle Fire. I also have the mixer but would want to win it for my sister. For her 50th she had a choice from the sisters, the mixer of her dreams or a wkend trip with us … she chose us <3

  44. michelle riebeek says:

    Kindle paper white

  45. I’d be thrilled with any of those prizes, but ESPECIALLY the Kindle Paperwhite!

  46. Any of them would be great, but the mixer is so beautiful.

  47. I would love to win either the kindle or the mixer. I gave never been much of a coffee drinker. But I could gift that to a friend of mine.

  48. Vanessa Wille says:

    I am a coffee addict! I would love the Keurig under my tree. I’ve been good!

  49. Gina Blomgren says:

    I would love an e-reader under my tree! I am starting my 100 books in a year challenge again (I only made it to 65 last time!) so it would be really helpful instead of making lots of trips to the store to get new books! haha

  50. After mixing (by hand) 5 batches of cookies that made about 4 dozen cookies each, a fancy mixer would make my life so much easier. (And I’m only half done)

  51. I would love to win the Kindle Paperwhite! My phone is too tiny to read off of!

  52. I am a hardcore reader. Paperback, Hardcover, Digital .. if it’s available I’ll read it.

    Thank you for the chance!

  53. I would love all three of these items. I’d love it even more to receive one for free!!

  54. I would love the kindle!! But really any of the prizes would be wonderful!!

  55. Since I’m hoping to be a mom soon…I think I need the mixer….I want to be a mom who bakes. And a mom who reads, so the Kindle would be cool too πŸ˜‰

  56. I have both a paper white and a Kitchen Aid… but I have people who I could give those to for CHRISTMAS!! I still don’t have a Keurig. I use both my Kindle and my Kitchen Aid ALL . THE . TIME !! Thanks!!

  57. Angela Newsome says:

    The mixer, pretty please!

  58. rayraycartucci says:

    I want a Kindle under my tree this year…..I just hope Santa thinks I have been good enough! HA! Thanks and have a great week!

  59. A big orange kitchenaid (and a michele watch)

  60. Courtney T says:

    i’d love to find a new ereader (especially a kindle paperwhite) under my tree this year

  61. I would love the Artisan stand mixer for my husband!

  62. I’ve been dreaming of a Kitchenaid Mixer for years! I’d love to make Christmas cookies in a new mixer!

  63. JenniferB says:

    kitchenaid mixer would be great

  64. Mike Dalton says:

    Love to see that Kindle under the tree πŸ™‚

  65. I have the Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer on my Christmas list

  66. I’m always looking for a new book to read. I have always wanted a Kindle paper white. Thanks so much for putting a list together and offering wonderful prizes!

  67. What awesome prizes! I will definitely have to check out some of those books once the holidays are over.

  68. Loved the book suggestions. I read “Gone Girl” and thought it was quite interesting! Would love to win any of the prizes, they’re all great.

  69. Wendy – thank you so much for featuring my book, “Wide Awake and Dreaming” in your post. I’m so very honored!! I hope your 2014 is off to a great start. Big smiles and many thanks, Julie


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