I had a really difficult time picking my favorite books this year, so I eventually settled on picking the books I most highly recommend to others, or the ones wish I could still experience for the first time. And because picking was so difficult, I added some runner-ups.
(Links go to my reviews if I’ve written one, Amazon if I haven’t yet)
Velma Still Cooks in Leeway by Vinita Hampton Wright
If I had to pick one single favorite book of the year, it would probably be this one. I think I need to reread this one next year, just so I can more fully appreciate the way she wove this story together.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
I was convinced this book would be boring. I was wrong.
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Surprised myself by liking this one as much as I did, and describing it does not do it justice. Wonderful characters who stay with you long after you’ve finished reading the book.
I’ve loved Flinn’s other books, and loved how this one brought to life her family’s stories, and led into the events in her first book. Did I like it more because I now live in the Midwest? Possibly, but I don’t think that was the only appeal.
Armchair traveling at its best. Mah allowed me to come along with her as she spent a year in Paris and traveled throughout France experiencing it’s most iconic food. Prepare to be hungry as you read it.
Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2′s Deadliest Day by Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan
The focus on the Sherpas is what makes this book so wonderfully fascinating. If you’ve liked other Everest accounts, don’t miss this one, with its unique perspective on the events of that deadly climbing season.
I’ve been holding off on reading book #4, because then I won’t have another one to look forward to for the forseeable future. And that’s a very sad thing.
Cress by Marissa Meyer, from the Lunar Chronicles series
Can’t wait to read the final two in this series!
Super fun series, although book #3 took a more serious turn that I wasn’t completely expecting. The final book come out next year.
Parnassus On Wheels by Christopher Morley
Another one where the descriptions don’t convey how enjoyable the book is. Sweet and gentle and very easy to read. I only just read it last week, which is why I hesitate to say that it would have the staying power to be a favorite for the year. I may regret not including it.
The Mislaid Magician by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer, from the Cecelia and Kate series
Epistolary + fantasy + historical fiction = my kind of fun.
If you like one you’ll like the other, and if you’re at all interested in brief biographical accounts of fascinating individuals, you should give these a try.
I’m already second-guessing myself for not including it above, but I think it just misses out on being a “must recommend to everyone I know” type book. It really was a great book though.
Like the Eiffel’s Tower book, this is another fascinating look at a small slice of history. I loved it.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Another one I may need to reread, to see what clues the author drops throughout the text as to what will be happening later.
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