It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Oh wait! First I must decide on my favorites from this year. This is actually harder than it sounds. I read and loved many books so far this year, it is so hard to choose only ten. I am certain that there are one or two titles that I have forgotten about or (gasp!) haven’t uncovered yet. Also, I have a to-be-read pile at home that I will admit is not getting any smaller. (You try working in a library and not going home with a title or two every day! I dare you!)
Enough disclaimers? I can’t promise this is my final list, but what I can promise that I loved all of the following:
The Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn — Book 4 in the Lady Julia Grey series is a perfect blending of romance and mystery set against a Victorian era backdrop.
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton — Looking for thrills? This novel is unputdownable psychological suspense.
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan — Literary fiction that follows lives of punk music scene-sters from the 1970s and beyond.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins — The Hunger Games trilogy, all wrapped up with book 3, provides a satisfying end to a fabulous series.
Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom — Unforgettable reading about love, loss, and, regret in a collection of interconnected short stories.
The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst — Literary fiction with a murder mystery and family drama at its core.
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow — A beautifully rendered exploration of race and identity wrapped in an unforgettable coming-of-age story.
Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch — Literary suspense abounds when one brother is found dead and another is accused of his murder.
Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich — This married couple in Erdrich’s latest have decided to end their union. Or have they?These two expertly drawn characters treat one another so badly, it’s impossible to look away and makes for compelling reading.
Spellmans Strike Again by Lisa Lutz –This fourth entry in the Spellman series is the best yet. Funny, mad-cap, crime solving mixes with goofy family hijinx and a cute love story too, this novel has it all!
Hope there is something in this list that you might enjoy, too! Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!