Monday, December 5, 2016

Books I’m Not Recommending for Christmas, Part 1

So it’s that time again – time to not recommend books for Christmas. I have this thing about imposing my book choices on people, so I get around it by not recommending books I really enjoyed during this past year.

And it was a good year, perhaps a great year, for reading. This week I cover mysteries and suspense, fiction, faith, writing, and art. Next week I’ll cover history and biography, general non-fiction, and poetry.

For all the listings, the links direct you to my reviews or articles at this blog or Tweetspeak Poetry.

Mystery and Suspense

Two Judge Dee Mysteries by Robert Van Gulik.

The Chessmen by Peter May.

Burke’s Gamble by William Brown.

Murder and Other Acts of Literature, edited by Michele Slung.

The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell.

As the Crow Flies by Damien Boyd.

A Question of Inheritance by Elizabeth Edmondson.


East of Coker and Invective by Andy Owen.

Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel.

There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey.

Romey’s Place by James Calvin Schaap.

A Whole Lot by Bradley Wind.

In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman.

The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss.

Ember Falls by S.D. Smith.


The Word in the Wilderness by Malcolm Guite.

Chicken Scratch by Kelly Chripczuk.


Christian Writer’s Guide by Mary Harwell Sayler.


Photograph by George Hodan via Public Domain Images. Used with permission.


Tarissa said...

Looooove it! This list made me laugh. Not the titles, of course, but that you're "not recommending" them. Ha! I might have to look into a few...

I'll try and stop by again for Part 2. :)

Anonymous said...

Your title caught my eye at Semicolon's. :-) I don't think of sharing choices as imposing them, but "not recommending" them is a clever way to present them. The Christian Writer's Guide sounds interesting. I didn't like The Green Ember nearly as much as I thought I would, so I haven't been inclined toward the sequel.