Merry Christmas to all and to all a good book
Merry Christmas! Hard to believe this wonderful holiday is almost upon us. This special “holiday edition” of the newsletter will be light on details. For a longer, more in-depth look at the year gone by (2015) check out my post on Looking Back, Year 3 in the Books. This post is just to say thanks to all who encouraged, read, and supported my work in 2015 and to give you a little “virtual” gift of sorts. Whether it was on this website, elsewhere on social media, or reading my books, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for every comment, review, or book read.
I was hoping to get you the final book in The Chronotrace Sequence by Christmas, but alas that was not meant to be. She’s still cooking in the oven at the moment. But I think you’ll enjoy all the added spices and seasoning as well as the absence of a few rotten tomatoes that this extra time will yield.
In the meantime, there are plenty of wonderful books out there to keep you warm over the holidays. And I’d like to present you with the list of the top five books which I read over 2015 for your consideration (and maybe some last minute gift ideas). As you will see, I’ve a predilection for older books…
#1 – Little Women
Christopher Columbus! I knew I would love this book because I had listened to it several times in radio theater format, but I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. This one will forever have a special place in my heart. This is the sort of story that makes you realize what reading and writing is for. You can read my full review for more details about why this heartwarming and masterful tale.
#2 – Watership Down
Because rabbits. This was certainly the biggest surprise of the year for me. To be honest I’m not sure why I even decided to pick this book up, but other than a few language issues, I enjoyed every minute in this lovely story. It was surprisingly gripping emotionally. I mean they’re just rabbits for crying out loud, but not in these pages. There are epic adventures and larger than life characters at every bend in the woods. Read my review for the low down on the Down.
#3 – Princess of Mars
On this one the book was way better than the movie (John Carter). This fast-paced read had so much detail and such a rich feel. It’s hard to believe it was written over a hundred years ago. It still felt fresh and futuristic, not dated at all. It’s an adventure story through and through with only brief moments of reflection. What it lacks in depth it makes up for in inventiveness and heroism. A great read.
#4 – Robin Hood
This one defies time as well, but in the opposite direction. It’s hard to believe that this book was written in 1956. The style and feel of the writing is much older. This is an episodic story with no over all narrative other than to inform us on the life and times of one Robin of Locksley. The pleasure here comes from the iconic characters and feats of derring-do. This one definitely hits the mark, and Roger Lancelyn Green, the author, was also an Inkling. Go figure! Here’s my review for that one as well.
#5 – Phantastes
Ah, what to say about George MacDonald? He was gifted with his fair share of imagination ’tis true. And nowhere is that more on display than in this, one of his best known books, the tale that “baptized the imagination” of C.S. Lewis. It’s rather dark and somewhat disjointed, but full of enough wisdom and spiritual insights that to deserve its place as a somewhat lesser known classic. This one is a Fairy tale with a capital “F”. Perhaps not for everyone, though be sure to read my review if you’re interested.
So there you go. A poor “present” perhaps in lieu of my failure to get my next novel out, but it will have to do. Whatever you choose to read over Christmas or in the coming year, I hope you get as much enjoyment and benefit out of your selections as I did. Thanks for stopping by and for your interest in my work.