For the month of December, join hosts Girlxoxo, Traveling with T and Estella’s Revenge for their annual #AMonthofFaves blog event—a fun way to recap the year that was. They have every day of the event (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) planned out, and you can join in anytime! More details.
Mon. | Dec. 31 – Favorite Books Read This Year
Favorite Fiction Novel
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
This book was a surprise to me, which has probably increased my warm feelings for it. It has all the things that I like in fiction: great setting, characters I want to spend time with, and a interesting enough plot.
Fiction Novel Runners-Up
A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott is not the best novel ever written. No, really, it’s okay to say that about a classic author’s work. But, I really enjoyed this book. It’s the sort of sensational story that gave novels a gloriously bad name. My Review
I didn’t give Ben H. Winter’s Countdown City and World of Trouble super high ratings, but I realized some time last week that there weren’t anymore Hank Palace tales left and that made me a little sad. I’ll have to reread these books before I say for sure, but Hank might be one of my favorite characters ever. My Review
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger
Again, my favorite nonfiction read of the year was the one that surprised me the most. I had enjoyed the movie and I have strong love of weather, but for me this book never lagged. My Review
I had a few problems with Heaven’s Ditch by Jack Kelly, but honestly, it opened up a niche in history that I didn’t know existed. Bonus, my husband has been reading it, offering more opportunities for discussion. My Review
While sadly too short, Memoirs of an Elusive Moth by Adele Friel Rhindress was my favorite magic book of the year. (Yes, that should be a category for me.) It’s a nice slice-of-life look into being a “box-jumper” in one of the biggest travelling magic shows of the mid-20th century.
Bonus ~ My Top 5 Short Stories
By reading date, presented without comment, because an hour or two of reading will get you the shared experience: