Best Books of 2013

It's hard to keep up with books as they come out. It's not unusual that I will discover a great book more than a year after it is released, at which point it's too late to call it "the best book of the year" in a year-end list. So I make this list with the understanding that there are probably books that I will discover this year that should have ended up on this list.

However, there are books that I catch right as they come out, either because I follow the author on Twitter or because of a recommendation by someone that I trust enough to push a book to the top of my ever-growing stack.

The books on this list are the ones that were released in 2013 that made an impact on me in one way or another. Feel free to comment below and add any books that were released int he past 12 months that deserve a hearty recommendation. (They are listed alphabetically by author because I didn't want to rank them. That said, Pastrix was my favorite)

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of BeliefLawrence Wright


What would you add to this list? Have you read any of the books here? What did you think?

Best Movies & Music of 2013

I know I've been trying to keep things all spiritual here on the blog, but it's the end of the year, and I really love end-of-year lists. So today I'm posting lists of my favorite movies and music from 2013. Later this week I'll post a list of my favorite books, and things will go back to the spiritual stuff.

My favorite film of the year is Inside Llewyn Davis. I'm a huge fan of the Coen brothers, and I had been waiting for this film all year. It is beautiful, haunting, and poetic. I knew by the end of the first scene that I was watching something special.

So here are my Top 5 movies of 2013-


1. Inside Llewyn Davis

2. The Way Way Back

3. 12 Years a Slave

4. Mud

5. Sound City

Honorable Mentions: Philomena, Captain Phillips, Fruitvale Station, and Blackfish


And now, the best music of the year-

Top 5 Albums of 2013-

1. The Wild Feathers.  by The Wild Feathers

2. Stories Don't End.  by Dawes

3. The Civil Wars.  by The Civil Wars

4. Southeastern.  by Jason Isbell

5. Trouble Will Find Me.  by The National

Honorable Mentions: Mutual Friends by Boy, All the Time We Had by Ivan & Alyosha, and Kids Raising Kids by Kopecky Family Band. Also, the soundtrack to Inside Llewyn Davis.


What about you? What were some of your favorite movies and music of the past year?