This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) asks us what are our favorite books that we’ve read this year. I’m going to go ahead and make my top ten list but with two weeks left to go in 2015, there could be one or two that sneak onto the list between now and December 31.
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee — I re-read it before Watchman was published and enjoyed it even more than I did the first couple of time I read it.
- The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King — A collection of short stories by Stephen King is always a pleasure to read. Added bonus is King’s introduction to each story that gives us a bit of insight into the writing process.
- Single, Carefree Mellow by Katherine Heiney — Another short story collection that I really enjoyed.
- The Happy Hour Choir & Bittersweet Creek by Sally Kilpatrick. Just ask my wife — I’m not generally a romance reader. But these two novels by Kilpatrick are character driven romance stories that have real obstacles for our authentic, real and flawed romantic leads.
- Scary Close by Donald Miller — Miller’s latest book on working to set aside the masks and have real intimacy was compelling, eye opening and a real challenge.
- Star Trek: New Frontier: The Returned by Peter David — David finally gives us another visit to the New Frontier universe in a three e-novella story that as page-turning as I’d hoped it would be. I read all three installments far too quickly and now begins the wait to see if we get more….
- A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George — Worth the price of admission for the segments of Dorethea Harriman trying to help Barbara Havers find a social life. Add in a taut mystery with the usual plethora of suspects and red herrings and you’ve got one of the best installments this series has given us.
- My Antonia by Willa Cather — Another re-read from my high school days. I loved the book then but had forgotten some of what happens in the course the novel. Reading it again, I found new things and loved it all over again.
- Hush, Hush by Luara Lippman — Lippman could publish her grocery list and I’d read it. Luckily the latest Tess Monagahan story is further evidence that Lippman is one of the best novelists we have working today.
- The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. — Every time I read Sanderson, I think — man, I’ve got to read more of him. The second installment of the Mistborn series only confirms this. Man, I need more hours in the day!
Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovich (audio book)
Doctor Who: Full Circle by Andrew Smith (audiobook)
The Target audio line returned this year and it gave us some of the better adaptations of classic Doctor Who stories. These two more than lived up to my memories of reading them many years ago and were just so much fun to listen to that I couldn’t not include them!