Best Books of the Year

My Antonia by Willa CatherOne of things I like about December is perusing various lists of the “best books of the year” to see how many I’ve read and which ones I’d like to read.

Here are my “best books” of the year. Unlike most lists, these are books I read this year, not necessarily published this year. (And no, without Goodreads to help me keep track, I could not possibly produce this list.)


My Antonia by Willa Cather

O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

All Saints by Kathleen MillerThe Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Any Known Blood by Lawrence Hill

Strong Hollow by Linda Little

Grist by Linda Little

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

All Saints by Kathleen Miller

The Gospel Truth by Caroline Pignat

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Time Snatchers by Richard Ungar

Cool Water by Dianne WarrenCool Water by Dianne Warren


How to Be Sick by Toni Bernhard

To Love What Is by Alix Kates Shulman

Yes, I do read non-fiction, but my leaning has been toward fiction ever since I was a kid.

How about you? What were the best books you read this year?

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson


  1. Diana Aspin on February 10, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Thanks, I love lists!

  2. Kathy Stinson on February 10, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Please feel free to add your Best Books list as a comment here, Diana. It's always fun to see what books people are keen on – as a way of discovering new "Books I Want To Read" and of finding out about shared (and differing) tastes.

  3. Janet Barclay on March 19, 2015 at 3:18 am

    The only one of these I've read is "The Light Between Oceans," which I loved. Will pin this for future reading ideas.

  4. Kathy Stinson on March 19, 2015 at 8:00 am

    A number of the titles I'd be happy to lend you sometime, Janet. Happy reading!

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