Ring Out the Old…

FatherTimeIt’s that time of year when people write up lists of resolutions, favourites, and generally talk about end of year related stuff. Over on “Terrible Minds,” Chuck Wendig had the brilliant idea of doing an end-of-year wrap up that was based on audience participation, and I thought we’d try the same thing. (I’m an actor and a director of children’s theatre. I thrive on audience participation.) So here goes.

Instead of posting a “Top Ten Favourite Books” I’m going to open the floor to the comments section. What are the best books you’ve read this year? You are not required to make a list of ten–you can post as many or as few as you like, although we do ask that you not be so long-winded as to drown out the voices of your fellow commentators. Not all books have to be published in 2014–we just want to know what you’ve been reading, and what stands out to you from the morass of published work.

So here goes! What do you recommend and why?


Ring Out the Old… — 2 Comments

  1. Book discussions always seem to draw me into talking. So I shall forget being a lurker and talk. 😉

    – Captives by Jill Williamson {fiction}
    – Z for Zachariah by Robert O’Brien {fiction}
    – The Legend of the Firefish by Bryan Polivka {fiction}
    – Eight Twenty Eight by Larissa Murphy {non-fiction}
    – The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom {non-fiction}
    – A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver {poetry}

    The similar thread between each of these books, and what lands them in my favorites list, is that they are all thoughtful. Though in vastly different ways, they each made me think and feel more deeply about the world and my place in it.

  2. – The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
    – The Warden and the Wolf King by Andrew Peterson {also wins the award for “book I threw hardest across the room”}
    – Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson
    – Pilgrim at Tinker’s Creek by Annie Dillard {I finally finished}
    – At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
    – The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (and others in the series) by Christopher Healy {wins the “hilarity award”}
    – The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak {I think I read this this year??}