A beautiful time of year where torrents of rain( the drought gods heard us) muddy running trails and end of year goodbyes take over. A school play to celebrate and a new-found love of drama challenged the inner actress of a certain 11 yr old in my house.
House all done up, warm and cozy, presents wrapped, blanket, books and chocolate are beside themselves with excitement. Er, well, maybe not the chocolate, for I will eat it. Although, said chocolate most likely appreciates the ardent chocolate lover in the house.
While my book reviews took a back seat these last few months, I did not stop reading. I have many reviews in my head for I read faster than I can write. Sigh. However, as the year draws to an end, I want to look back on some of the books and films that made me laugh, cry and shout for joy. Some books I read while traveling, some films I watched on a plane, then watched them again.
Here are my favorite books of the year – they aren’t all new and they certainly challenged me when I attempted to whittle down a very long list. In spite of their insightful and intelligent writing, clamoring for attention sitting there on my bookshelves, the books I chose, awakened my curiosity. I devoured the writing with such precise attention, I was serene and exhausted simultaneously. They reinforced lessons about humanity and resilience; The Golem and the Jinni is a début novel – it is brilliant.
I love film. I love its artistry. I don’t review them often, unless my imaginary( well, we only really have conversations in my head) friend Colin Firth stars in it. Perhaps I should, once a year at least. That being said, I loved these films for their simplicity, for the enormously talented actors and for the stories they told. The Railway Man, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Hundred Foot Journey with the exception of The Hobbit were not blockbusters. Maleficent was an unexpected surprise. I did not expect to enjoy it, but I did.
I want to thank old friends and new, all who patiently read my posts, support me and say keep going! Your posts have made me giggle, cry and applaud your talent. I’m blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community of bloggers from around the world. May the New Year bring more great writing, adventure and peace. I wish you and your families a quiet, blissful, hot chocolate filled holiday.