The Best of 2013

The end of another year has come, and I always like to look back on the best books and movies I read and saw during the previous twelve months. There were actually quite a lot of excellent stories in both categories. So without further ado, here’s my best picks of 2013.

Happy New Year!

BOOKS

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts On Faith by Anne Lamott

After Chapters And Verses by Christopher R. Smith

The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie (Audiobook read by Hugh Fraser)

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

King’s Cross by Timothy Keller

I Am The Messenger by Marcus Zuzak

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

RASL Written and Illustrated by Jeff Smith

Doctor Who: Shada by Gareth Roberts

Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter

The Ocean At The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

Revenge of The Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean

The Road To Samarcand by Patrick O’Brian

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb

Love And Capes Written And Illustrated by Thom Zahler

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale (Audiobook read by Simon Vance)

The 13 Clocks & The Wonderful O by James Thurber

The Complete Don Quixote Adapted and Illustrated by Rob Davis

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman

The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists Written and Illustrated by Seth

A Series of Unfortunate Events (The Complete Series) by Lemony Snicket

Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

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MOVIES

Lincoln (dir. Steven Spielberg)

Stranger Than Fiction (dir. Marc Forster)

The Red Shoes (dir.  Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)

Les Misérables (dir. Tom Hooper)

The Way (dir. Emilio Estevez)

The Men Who Stare At Goats (dir. Grant Heslov)

The Ladykillers (dir. The Coen Brothers)

Moonrise Kingdom (dir. Wes Anderson)

The Way Back (dir. Peter Weir)

Hitchcock (dir. Sacha Gervasi)

Monsters University (dir. Dan Scanlon)

Three Kings (dir. David O. Russell)

The Artist (dir. Michel Hazanavicius)

The American President (dir. Rob Reiner)

Gravity (dir. Alfonso Cuaron)

The Sting (dir. George Roy Hill)

Spirited Away (dir. Hayao Miyazaki)

The Gods Must Be Crazy (dir. Jamie Uys)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (dir. Peter Jackson)

Forgotten Silver (dir. Peter Jackson & Costa Botes)

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