I read 12 books in December, partly because some were fast reads, but also because some were so addictively good! The ones in bold are ones I would definitely recommend reading.
- The Cranes Dance by Meg Howrey
- 7 by Jen Hatmaker – great book. Hilarious and thought-provoking.
- My Reality by Melissa Rycroft – sometimes you just need a good, silly book with glossy pictures.
- A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter – this was a book of my grandma’s so I first picked it up because I love old books and loved that it was hers. But a friend encouraged me, too, that the author is really good. I loved this book. It’s a bit like Anne of Green Gables, but I actually liked it more.
- Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter
- The Vow by Kim and Krickett Carpenter – the movie was better (kind of cliched writing).
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (young adult)
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (young adult) – such a sweet, sweet book. I read this in an hour or so, but it’s definitely worth picking up.
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (young adult)
- Divergent by Veronica Roth – like Hunger Games but so much better (less angsty, more action). I just picked up the sequel and I can’t wait to start reading!
- Enclave by Ann Aguirre - another dystopian society book, much like Hunger Games. Not as good as Divergent but still great. Recommend!
- Outpost by Ann Aguirre – sequel to Enclave. Tore through it in about a day.
In total I read 70 books this past year. My favorites were:
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (if you read no other books this year, READ THIS ONE.)
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis (nonfiction)
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Charles Lenox series by Charles Finch
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova
- The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber (memoir)
- The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds that Changed Basketball by Gene Wojciewchowski (nonfiction)
What were some of your favorite books from this past year? I love recommendations!