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.

And if you are looking for MORE, check out my earlier BOOK posts or head over to Books on the Nightstand, a brilliant literary podcast that keeps my ‘to-read’ list growing & growing.