Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.
This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year’. I have read 40 books so far this year, but it was difficult to pick 10 favourites, as I’ve enjoyed most of them. Here are the 10 I narrowed it down to (it’ll be interesting to see how many of them make the top 10 at the end of the year:
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman. I had been looking forward to this one ever since I heard it was coming out. I wasn’t disappointed, but I realise that there are so many great Gaiman books that I haven’t read yet – too many books and not enough time.
The Shining – Stephen King. This was a reread of one of my favourite Stephen King books. It had been a while since I read it and I wanted to read it again before reading the sequel, Doctor Sleep.
The Cat’s Pajamas – Ray Bradbury. This is a great collection of Bradbury short stories. My favourites were probably Hail to the Chief and A Careful Man Dies, although they were all great stories. I’m slowly working my way through my Bradbury collection.
The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life – Tony Jones. This was also a reread. This is one of my favourite books on spiritual practices, probably because it is so practical. It has helped me a lot over the past few years and I return to it regularly.
The First Phone Call from Heaven – Mitch Albom. Mitch Albom has a way with words and telling stories that I really enjoy and appreciate. I’ve read most of his books now and none of them have really disappointed me.
The Illumined Heart: Capture the Vibrant Faith of Ancient Christians – Frederica Mathewes-Green. I really wasn’t sure how much I would like this one, because I’d never read anything by Mathewes-Green before. It’s a fairly small book, but was well worth the read, with very few wasted words. It is also a very practical book and will be one that I’ll return to a few times in the future for sure.
Allegiant – Veronica Roth. I actually read the whole series this year. I read Divergent just in case I had the opportunity to see the movie. I liked it so much that I knew I’d have to finish the series. I know that a lot of people were upset at how the series ended, but I thought that any other ending would not have been true to the characters or the story. I still haven’t seen the movie yet, but I will eventually.
Other Voices: Exploring the Contemplative in Salvationist Spirituality – Christine Faragher. I received this book as a gift, with the intent that it would give me some encouragement. I tend to be more contemplative in nature and have at times wondered where that leaves me in regards to the organisation that I am a part of. This book helped me to discover that I fit in as much as anyone else and that I can be comfortable with being the person that I am.
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden – Jonas Jonasson. This is probably my favourite read so far this year. I really enjoyed Jonasson’s The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared last year and this one is every bit as good as that one. I can’t wait for whatever he comes up with next.
Jesus: A Theography – Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola. This is a book that took me a while to get through, but it was well worth it. I usually enjoy reading both of these authors and was not disappointed with this one. It is quite heavy at times, but is worth persevering with.