The best books of 2013?

What were the best books of 2013?  Or, to propose a second category, what were the best books you read during the last year (whether or not they were published in 2013)?  These can be in any genre or field.

Tolkien's new story & the impact of Finland
A book that teaches kids about church
More of the Epic of Gilgamesh discovered
Why you shouldn't get disillusioned over Atticus Finch
About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.