Year Round-up 2015

I’ve noticed that many bloggers are doing a wrap-up of their favourite books, movies, whatever from 2015 so, with this being New Year’s Eve, I thought I would do likewise.  To begin with, I found it very hard to pick just 10 books and just 10 movies so I’ve added a couple of honourable mentions.  My choices are listed in no particular order as that would have made it almost impossible to compile the list.

First, the 10 favourite books I read in 2015:

The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg — a fascinating revelation


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee — finally read this one


Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee — controversial and misunderstood sequel


Mastermind by Helen Goltz — a very techno-modern spy/mystery novel


Obasan by Joy Kogawa — a compelling revelation about
Canada’s dreadful treatment of the Japanese-Canadians during WWII

Obasan, a novel by Joy Kogawa

African Me and Satellite TV by Jo Robinson — the effects of racism
on one woman and how she worked to change the world around her


A Conspiracy of Violence by Susanna Gregory — a ripping good mystery
from Restoration England

Conspiracy of Violence

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant — based on the Biblical story of Dinah

The Red Tent

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese — a condemnation of the
shameful treatment of native children in Canadian boarding schools


Liars’ Games by Susan Finlay — a thriller about a woman in a
protection program trying to stay one step ahead of killers


Honourable Mentions:

City of Orphans by Avi — newsies at the end of the 19th century


The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by Colleen Coble — a psychological mystery


Still my all-time favourite:  The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

The Dovekeepers

Top 10 Favourite Movies:

Boychoir  — watched it again the other night on Netflix


Selma — the story of the freedom march to Selma


The Monuments Men — based on the book about retrieving stolen artwork
from the Nazis near the end of WWII and after


The Imitation Game — secret code-breaking during WWII


Final Countdown — classic movie with time shifting and alternate history


Interstellaran interesting concept of time and space


Truth — based on the true story of investigative reporters
seeking the truth


Woman In Gold — retrieving of one Klimt painting stolen by the Nazis


Bridge of Spies (Spielberg/Tom Hanks) — the Francis Gary Powers affair


The Intern — poignant look at one man’s attempt to cope with retirement


Honourable Mentions:

Unbroken — based on a true story of a WWII American hero


The Clearinga classic movie with Robert Redford


Insomnia (Robin Williams 2002)


Still my all-time favourite:  The Lion in Winter (1969)


I hope these are or will become favourites of yours.



About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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2 Responses to Year Round-up 2015

  1. Happy new year and good wishes for 2016!

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