I have this problem where I can’t quit a book. It could be an absolutely terrible book. Yet, I always finish it.
Because what if something amazing happens on the last page?
Let me save you the trouble. I read a lot of books this year. And while many were of the ‘Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child‘ variety, there were also many that a non-sleep deprived adult could enjoy.
So, here’s a list of my favorites. The links will lead you to Amazon for summaries & reviews. Oh, and the best news? You can still order these online and get them in time for Christmas [books make great gifts]!
- The Book Thief. This book has been getting a lot of buzz because of the movie release. And for very good reason. Of all the books I read this year, this was my favorite. But not until the end. That was when I fell in love with the story. [I’ll leave it at that.]
- The Art of Racing in the Rain. I love dogs. I love books featuring dogs. But books written from the dog’s perspective can be hit or miss. I enjoyed this one immensely. Added bonus? It’s set in Seattle.
- Perks of Being a Wallflower. This one had been on my bookshelf for years. After being intrigued by the movie trailer, I decided to finally crack it open. Instantly I was transported back to the awkwardness that was high school. Although the main character’s high school experience varied drastically from my own, I really enjoyed the book. AND the movie.
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. I read a lot of ‘inspirational’ type non-fiction this year and this was my favorite. As the author has his autobiography turned into a movie, he learns what it means to live a better ‘story’… one that would make for a more interesting movie. “The character has to jump into the story, into the discomfort and the fear, otherwise the story will never happen.”
- The Paris Wife. A great story about Ernest Hemingway & his wife, Hadley. Although it’s fiction, I enjoy books based on real characters and real events. It made me want to learn even more about Hemingway.
- Night Circus. I asked my facebook friends for book recommendations and this one was mentioned by multiple people. [safety in numbers, right?]. It was enchanting & magical. And a great read.
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