I’d be happy to talk books all day – fiction, biographies, YA, Middle Grade, picture books – I’m an equal opportunity reader. But before I get into some of my favorites from last year, I’m going to recommend that you sign up on goodreads.com. It’s a great place to not only track books that you’ve read, but also books you want to read. Friend me, I’ll happily accept. Now, in no particular order:
Malice of Fortune – A delicious masterpiece of historical fiction set in 1502 Italy that brings together Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli, a polished courtesan & a Borgia Pope. Click on npr to hear Lynn Neary & I discussing it on All Things Considered.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? – Loved this book. I’ll admit I’m attracted to people who are amusing, smart but also a little nuts so I fell hard for Bernadette.
Wonder – Loved absolutely everything about this wonderfully character driven, heart tugging, quit feeling sorry for yourself PERFECT (middle grade) book.
Gone Girl – Really? You haven’t read it? Seriously?! What are you waiting for – go read this book but make sure you have plenty of time because you won’t put it down.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Beautiful story of family, loss and all the right & wrong kinds of love. Story takes place in the 80’s so I completely identified with the time period & family dynamics.
Heads in Beds – Easy, entertaining read about life in the hotel industry. Makes me want to go find Jacob “Tommy” Tomsky and ‘slip him a brick’ for so much of the crap he’s had to endure and then I’d like to go have some drinks and hear more!
The Legend of Cowboy, Ninja, Bear – Great new take on rock, paper, scissors. Kids will love it.