It's been another exciting year to be a bibliophile. In the midst of one crazy travelling year, I've posted near the Smoky Mountains, on Vancouver Island, in Washington State, and in a lovely little cabin in northern Michigan. A series of miracles, to say the least. And wherever I've gone, I've taken a lot of good books with me to keep me company.
It's also been a challenging year to post. Lest you think I'm some kind of crazy person who can do a bunch of things and keep up with the reading at the same time, my book list isn't quite as long this year, and some of my reviews were well-loved favorites that I knew and trusted, even though I hadn't read them in a while. Life gets busier, and precious moments to read are fewer and farther between. So on many days it was a labor of love. But the Lord gives grace and words and strength, and I'm realizing more and more that time to read is a gift from Him, not to be taken for granted.
As I looked back on the articles and reviews from this past year, I was encouraged by what I saw. Sometimes I came across articles I didn't even know I had written, and they inspired me as I read over them again. Other times I smiled, remembering good memories on the day I posted certain articles, or the joy that it was to read books for certain reviews. And once or twice, I got absorbed in my own writing as if it were someone else's.
At the end of another year, I can truly say the Lord has been very good to me. A lot of good books, and I'm grateful for the ones I was able to read. A lot of articles, a lot of discussion. And not only that, but I got to meet some very special fellow bibliophiles this year that I never expected to. In person. International bibliophiles from Canada and Australia.
That was indeed a gift from the Lord.
So, before this holiday season begins, I'd like to pause and take some time to reflect on where the Lord has brought me thus far. To do that, I've picked seven articles and seven book reviews from the past year that were especially memorable or enjoyable to me. I would love to hear about articles or book reviews that stood out to you this year from the blog as well! :)
I hope you'll enjoy a sampling of past content from the blog.
Top 7 Articles
Are Authors a Product of Their Times?
When Bibliophiles Play (Part One, Part Two, Part Three)
The Power of the Cross (Part One, Part Two)
A Happy Birthday Blog Post
Bibliophiles and Accountability
The Sinners We Love (Introduction, Conclusion)
Let Them All Laugh
Dominion-Oriented Bibliophiles--guest post for In Which I Read Vintage Novels
Feeding the Soul--Balancing Busyness and Times of Rest--guest post for Fullness of Joy
Top 7 Book Reviews
The Lady of the Lake, by Sir Walter Scott
The Hole in Our Holiness, by Kevin DeYoung
The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey
Humble Orthodoxy, by Joshua Harris
The Silmarillion, by JRR Tolkien (Part One, Part Two)
Dreamlander, by K.M Weiland
7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness, by Eric Metaxas
While I'm gone, perhaps you would enjoy browsing some of these Top 7 posts. And I'll still be around for comments and emails during the holiday season.
It's always a gift to receive your comments, emails, and interactions. They make blogging very enjoyable, and I really appreciate every one of them. :) I hope that the articles and reviews this year have been thought-provoking, inspiring, and most of all, encouraging in your walk with the Lord. That would be my greatest desire with this blog, and my goal every year with the content I put out.
I'll be back January 3rd to celebrate two years of My Lady Bibliophile, when I'll post my 2012 book list, and pick a top fiction and nonfiction book of 2013, as well as my favorite author from the year. Until then, I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a very happy New Year, from the bottom of my book-loving heart. May you find abundant time to reflect on Christ this Christmas season, and perhaps to sneak in a few pages of your favorite novel as well. ;)