I can’t quite believe that it’s the end of the year. Where is the frost? The chilly nights? The cosy fire in the living room? But my calendar assures me that it is indeed the last day of December, and so I take it on faith that it is so. That being the case, I’m going to continue the tradition I began last year and share with you the books I’ve read this year. I enjoy browsing other people’s book lists, and I hope you enjoy doing the same with mine.
As I did last year, I only count books that I’ve completed, so books that I’ve given up on or haven’t finished yet won’t show here, nor will books that I dip in and out of (usually poetry). On the other hand, if I began a book last year, but finished it this year, it goes on this year’s list. Asterisks indicate re-reads. Links are to where I’ve reviewed the book on this blog.
The Screwtape Letters (including “Screwtape Proposes a Toast”) (C. S. Lewis) *
A re-read, apart from “Toast”, which was new to me.
84, Charing Cross Road (Helene Haff)
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street (Helene Haff)
Planet Narnia (Michael Ward)
The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography (Alan Jacobs)
Chance or the Dance? (Thomas Howard) *
The Four Loves (C. S. Lewis) *
Reflections on the Psalms (C. S. Lewis)
The World’s Last Night (C. S. Lewis)
I skipped the “Toast” essay as I’d read it when I read Screwtape.
The Meal Jesus Gave Us (N. T. Wright)
The Dating Manifesto (Lisa Anderson)
A Dash of Style (Noah Lukeman)
The Good God (Michael Reeves) *
Teach Us to Want (Jen Pollock Michel)
Everlasting is the Past (Walter Wangerin Jnr)
Letters from the Land of Cancer (Walter Wangerin Jnr)
The End of Our Exploring (Matthew Lee Anderson)
Behold the Lamb of God (Russ Ramsey)
Fiction and Poetry
The Heart of the Family (Elizabeth Goudge)
The Silver Chair (C. S. Lewis) *
The Horse and His Boy (C. S. Lewis) *
Daddy-Long-Legs (Jean Webster)
The Magician’s Nephew (C. S. Lewis) *
The Last Battle (C. S. Lewis) *
Huntingtower (John Buchanan)
Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen) *
Pendragon’s Heir (Suzannah Rowntree)
Our Mutual Friend (Charles Dickens)
The Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey)
Lilith (George McDonald)
A Soldier of the Great War (Mark Helprin)
Anne of Green Gables (Lucy Maud Montgomery) *
The Singing Bowl (Malcolm Guite)
Anne of Avonlea (Lucy Maud Montgomery) *
The Blue Castle (Lucy Maud Montgomery)
Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
The World, the Flesh, and Father Smith (Bruce Marshall)
Four Quartets (T. S. Eliot)
Only forty-something pages, but it was packaged as a book, so I’m treating it as one! Also, I have almost no idea what it all means….
Kristin Lavransdatter (Sigrid Undset, trans. Tiina Nunnally)
So, yes, there were plenty of good reads here. I’ve picked out some of the best by labelling them as “highly recommended”, but there were others that I found excellent even if I haven’t given them that label. (Almost everything by Lewis, for example!) I do hope that you might find some new friends waiting for you in this list. Read with discernment, of course. I don’t recommend every aspect of every book here. Lastly, if you have any book suggestions for me, do return the favour and leave a comment telling me what they are! Who knows what delightful or thought-provoking or moving or helpful books might await you and me in 2016? Happy reading, and the happiest of new years to you.