It’s difficult to choose the best ‘best read.’ One of my criteria, (to add once again to the list I outlined at the beginning of this countdown), is that if the book sticks with me in ways that feed my imagination and my own writing…if my world feels larger for having read the book…it has a chance.
The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook stood more than a chance. On one level it was a rip-roaring yarn of a 19th century panther hunt in the Hill Country of Texas. But it also worked as a meditation on race, the courage of youth, forgiveness, baptism, and the wisdom of creatures. The main characters, Benjamin and Sam(antha), are children whose family tragedy becomes a kiln for firing a new life. The collection of companions they pick up, including old Preacher Dob, are indelible. This one is a keeper.
There were other good books this year that didn’t make the list. I’ve organized the honorable mentions following the recap of the Top 10 by category. Click on the link to read the Heartlands Review.
It’s been great sharing this reading journey with you. Happy reading!
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