- Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks - I can't think of anyone who does historical fiction better. She inhabits the time and the people and I am left thinking I read a non-fiction book. I would fall on my sword that what she wrote actually happened. And maybe it did....
- Girl's Like Us by Rachel Lloyd - difficult subject matter, but a must read. Promise you will think about reading it.
- The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn - one of the best foodie books I've read. My friend Rachel mentioned it today as a potential bookclub choice and I am all for it. She thought it would be interesting to examine our own attitudes about convenience & health & food. I agree.
- You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
- The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen - I am ashamed my review of this book sat in my blog drafts all year. I loved this book.
- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles - wonderful, coming of age set in Gatsby era NYC. Jules at Pancakes & French Fries has chosen this as her February online book club pick. Perfect timing for you to finally read it, I say.
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - this one took me by surprise with it's simple sweetness. And it's nice to read something set in the 90s that uses email to tell the story. Oh the early days of interoffice correspondence. Delightful.
- The Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck - the hubs enjoyed this one too and i'm sure part of my fondness comes from being able to talk about it. In person. Very timely - although perhaps discontent is a constant state of man, versus a sign of the times. Takes a while to get into though, just a warning.
- The Distant Hours by Kate Morton - yes, I am a member of the Kate Morton fan club. I happend to know some of you are also members and this was your favorite of hers. Dependably awesome.
- One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp - lots to chew on, some to savor, and maybe ignore the end, my least favorite part. I don't like lovey dovey language about God. I do like honest reflection that penetrates my soul (sometimes painfully) and is rooted in a love of Christ. And that is most of the book. So, a keeper.
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Please share your favorites from last year. I think we could cobble together quite a reading list...