Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Top Ten Best Books I Read in 2015

These top ten lists are sometimes killers! The best? Really? I have to chose? :( Since I read and I re-read a lot I'm making a list of the top ten books I read and the top ten books I re-read. These are in no particular order.


  1. The Valley of Vision by various Puritans 
  2. Beowulf by Unknown
  3. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  4. Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
  5. The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
  6. That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis
  7. A Child's History of England by Charles Dickens
  8. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky 
  9. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque 
  10. Mysterious Island by Jules Verne 

Re-read (And there are 11... I couldn't narrow it down!)

  1. Anne of Green Gables and Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
  2. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
  3. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  4. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransom (the whole series really)
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  6. Little Britches and Man of the Family by Ralph Moody 
  7. Emma by Jane Austen
  8. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster 
  9. Betsy-Tacy and Betsy-Tacy and Tib by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  10. The Chosen by Chaim Potok 
  11. Carry on Mr. Bowditch
All of these books I'd recommend without reservation. Read them! :)

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  1. Mmm, That Hideous Strength. Rather a terrifying read, though, as it encapsulates so well Lewis' arguments from The Abolition of Man, which I find to be one of the most prophetic of his works.

    1. I haven't read The Abolition of Man but I hope to someday. :)

  2. All Quiet on the Western Front was pretty intense. I loved it. And I love Beowulf, too. I read it twice (two different translations) this year. (I'm surprised I didn't think to add it to my TTT list. Oh, well.)

    1. It is! I want to read Tolkien's translation of Beowulf this next year.

  3. IVANHOE MADE #3! *victory screech* :D

  4. Beowulf IS good! Which translation did you read?

    Hmmm, I'm considering Brothers Karamazov. If you've read Les Miserables, would you say that Brothers Karamazov is harder or easier? (hopefully that's not a difficult question!)

    I also read To Kill a Mockingbird this year, but it was my first time. :)

    1. I read Raffel's translation. I hope to read Tolkien's this next year.
      I think Brothers Karamazov is easier but I read Les Mis years ago so I'm not sure how good of a judge I am. Dostoevsky doesn't waste words (chapters actually) describing useless stuff like Hugo does.

  5. Anne of Green Gables is always a good recommendation! It's my favorite book :) I'm trying to reread Anne of the Island for the umpteenth time right now. - Maggie @ macarons & paperbacks


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