My Kingdom for a Book

Hello, my fellow bibliophiles.  2013 was a good year for reading for me.  By the time I tried to compile a list of the books I’ve read, I’d forgotten several.  But I read at least 20 books.  Here are some of the happy surprises I met along the way:

The White Rose—
Genre:  Part biography/part non-fiction account of the resistance group “Die Weisse Rose,”

This inspiring book focuses on the lives of Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, Christoph Probst, Willie Graf, and Alexander Schmorell as they formed the White Rose Resistance Group.  The book also details the philosophical basis for their writings.  Inge Scholl, author of the book, was herself imprisoned for resistance activities to the Third Reich.  I highly recommend this inspiring, tragic, and sobering story.

The O’Malley series—
Genre:  Christian fiction/suspense

This fictional series by Dee Henderson chronicles the lives of a self-formed family who work in various branches of law enforcement and medical field.  I’ve grown skeptical of the Christian fiction genre, but these books are well-written and engaging.  My personal favorite was The Truth-Seeker about a forensic pathologist.

Emily Post—
Genre:  Biography

I actually requested this book from the library by mistake.  Although at times tedious in the amount of detail, Emily Post, Daughter of the Gilded Age and Mistress of American Manners by Laura Claridge overflowed with national, social, and cultural history from the Gilded Age to the World Wars.  Emily Post herself proved a fascinating subject for a biography and I must admit I greatly underestimated her story and her significance on American culture.

Something Wicked This Way Comes—
Genre:  Fantasy/Horror

I adored this terrifying book by Ray Bradbury.  While not as beautiful or breath-taking as Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes is a marvelous example of Bradbury’s extracting the extraordinary from the ordinary in a fantastic, and sometimes, horrific sense.  The literary allusions—from the title to the last page—are sure to delight bibliophiles everywhere.

The Dark Tower and Other Writings—
Genre:  Science Fiction

This collection by C. S. Lewis was disappointing only because most of the works are incomplete.  It is delightful to get a glimpse of “the stories that might have been.”  The Dark Tower itself is a partial novel—the premise of which I found fascinating.  I wish Lewis had finished it.  Classical literature junkies would enjoy “Forms of Things Unknown” (my personal favorite) and After Ten Years.  To say more would spoil the fun.

Kisses from Katie
Genre:  Non-fiction

Katie Davis has inspired the world by her love for God and her selfless work with Ugandan children.  I enjoyed reading the story in her own words instead of depending on second-hand information.  Definitely an inspiring and enjoyable read.

 

What about you?  What did you read in 2013?

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Miss Risabella Rambler
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 15:15:21

    I read Beauty by Robin McKinley. I will need to read this book over and over again.

    Reply

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