Monday, December 31, 2018

Best of 2018

M'kay, so before reading this post, how about making yourself a big cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows? Find a comfy recliner. Wrap yourself up in a cozy fleece blanket. Grab a pair of headphones.

Perfect. Now you can browse to your heart's content.

Today is one of those last, delightfully cozy days before we say goodbye. This time of year can be incredibly comforting in the slow, lazy pace of post-holiday vacation. It can also be a little emotionally heavy for some as they face the weight of processing a year gone and a year to come.

But today we lift up our cup of hope for the new year. For we hold the hand of the God of hope, the Father who does not forsake his people. We are not alone.

This is a post I always enjoy creating on My Lady Bibliophile. It's the end of year wrap-up, but it gives me an excuse to pull up a plethora of old blog posts, browse through them, and remember what topics we journeyed through this last year. I've pulled out some favorite articles (they truly are close to my heart) and top book and movie reviews of the last year. I hope you enjoy going back through them. They truly are food for the soul. Also, don't miss the top picks for fiction, nonfiction, and author of the year down below!

I'd love to know what your favorite books and movies were of 2018. Also, did you have a favorite article about books or writing (here or elsewhere)? I'd love to read it! Pop a link in the comments. Let's celebrate the year together!

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Best Of: Articles

The Olympics Come to Avonlea
Love Which Expands
Halfway Into Memory
Life in Tears
Frost on the Moon 
Using a Gay Character for a Good Conversation
Of Love and October 
The Joy and Fear of New
Dear 23: My Cup of Thanksgiving

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Best Of: Book/Movie Reviews

My Heart Belongs In Niagara Falls, New York
Revenge of the Sith 
The Silver Chair: Minky Blankets and Discipline and Joy
The Greatest Showman
Crowning Heaven/The Electrical Menagerie 
Sofi Snow series
I Have Learned {summer mini reviews}
The Last Battle: Of Aslan and Remembrance
Why I Spent $100 on Books This Quarter 

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Best Of: Music 

One Thing --Tenth Avenue North {breaking my heart to make it new}
I Confess --Tenth Avenue North  {see above}
I'll Find You --Lecrae/Torri Kelly {sung at CityFest 2018 to stop suicide}
The Greatest Showman Soundtrack  {you were the best writing music ever. the flame to my fuel. the grin on my face}
*mild language in The Other Side
Burn the Ships album --For King and Country {thank you for being there. this whole year was captured in your music. i love your brave honesty}
Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack  {you kept me company on so many happy drives and writing sessions}
Canaan Bound --Andrew Peterson {the water of life set to music}
Soldier --Fleurie {jaeryn graham, if ever there was a song}
Is He Worthy? --Andrew Peterson {a song to turn to whenever i need to worship}
King of My Heart --Kutless {sung at the church i love}
King of Love --I AM THEY {our rejoicing anthem after Bible Bee 2018, hours before catching a GI bug}

Nonfiction of the Year

This is one of the watershed books (I read two this year) that have given me a vision for how to use my adult life well. If this can shape the next decades of my life, I would be glad.

Fiction of the Year

It came down to a fight between The Silver Chair and Boys of Blur, by N.D. Wilson, so they both technically deserve first place. But The Silver Chair won because it was such a joyous journey of re-discovery full of beauty. And Aslan's theme of discipline and affirmation in Jill's journey (see the review linked in the Book Reviews above) brought joy to my heart. 

Author of the Year 

This year I discovered Kate DiCamillo for the first time, thanks to Annie Hawthorne. I read my first book of hers in January and read two more in October. Kate's ability to write for children with depth, authenticity, whimsy, and sympathy make her books not just good reads, but soul food. Her stories deeply understand and care for her audience. They teach love, forgiveness, and healing. Her deep love for children makes her books timeless for all audiences, and she's a delight to follow on Facebook. I am enchanted and heart-warmed by the light of her literary fire. 


  1. Best loved book of not just 2018 but in several decades. Have not seen such an inventive way of telling a terrific story - of a female scientist. I could not put it down - and was sorry it came to an end! Bought several copies - gifted to those that would appreciate its contents. Title is "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren.

    1. Oo, the best book in decades is wonderful high praise!

  2. Did my top-ten list today!

    I didn't watch enough new-to-me movies to make a whole list, but my favorite film discovery of the year was Amazing Grace (2007). Allowing for some touches of poetic license (the only part which is really annoying is the inaccurate portrayal of John Newton!) and a few tiny bits some people might want to skip, it's a really inspiring, well-made film that made me want to learn more about the people portrayed in it. (Actually, watching this + reading Meredith Allady's Meriweather Chronicles led to my reading Karen Swallow Prior's biography of Hannah More.)

    1. I enjoyed checking out your blog post! I'm SO glad you liked Amazing Grace. That movie is dear to my heart for some reason ever since I watched it. I love Wilberforce's perseverance against the odds. I've never heard of the Meriweather Chronicles. I'll have to look them up!

  3. Hmmm, my favorite books of 2018.....definitely the series 'Sadie's Montana' by Linda Byler. There's 3 books to this series. For any horse lover out there, this is a must-read! I also enjoyed reading 'War of Loyalties' for the second time! It is one I know I will come back to again and again. :) <3
    Movies? 'Finding Dory', and the 5th season of 'When Calls the Heart' are definitely at the top! (Before watching the former, see 'Finding Nemo'; before watching the latter, see the pilot episode, and first 4 seasons of 'When Calls the Heart').

    1. Aww, I'm so glad you enjoyed War of Loyalties a second time! <3 I haven't seen Finding Nemo, but I want to!

  4. Hey, Schuyler. Me again. :) I was wondering if you would consider doing a series of posts on how to write a fiction novel start to finish (including self-publication!). I am desiring to write my own fiction novel (it's started :D) but I don't know how to do it right. You being a published author could certainly shed some much needed light for me (I'm sure there's other young ladies who would appreciate it too!). Don't feel you have to if you'd rather not, but please consider it! Otherwise, we could be "author pen-pals, and you could instruct me one-on-one. :) Thanks, m'dear friend! <3

    1. Tori, thank you so much for asking! I just got your letter today, and I am looking forward to writing back! :) Conversation to be continued, and I know it will be delightful! :)


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