In January, I set a goal for myself to read 35 books by the end of the year and I made it...barely.
My top five:
-Cold Tangerinesby Shauna Niequist :: I love this book for so many reasons, first and foremost, her honest, from the heart, words. when she writes, she opens her heart and invites you in. she bares her soul and in doing so, you see her humanity. this book is an easy read, with short chapters; perfect for a busy mommy with only minutes to spare.
-The Best of Me of Nicholas Sparks :: I admit it, I'm a sucker for Nicholas Sparks books When I have hankering for a good love story I know he will never disappointment. while most consider a good love story with the happy couple living happily ever after; that's not always the case. and that's exactly one of the things I enjoy about Sparks novels....there is not always a happy ending...such is a case with this novel. young love, unfortunate life circumstances, family drama, and missed opportunities are what define this tragic love story. this is my second time with this book it was that good. and just in case you're wondering the movie stays pretty close to the book, so give it watch, after you the read the book of course.
-The Giverby Lois Lowry :: I am know for watching the movie and then reading the book after...such is the case with this book. I had actually never heard of the book until I watched the movie. and to be honest, the movie was not on my must see list...it was actually on my "wait till it comes out on dvd" list; however this movie and subsequently the book were great. normally I am not a fan of futuristic novels, but Lowry has a way with words. she draws you in and compels you to want more. the whole series is amazing and you have to read them all to fully appreciate it.
-The Secret Keeperby Kate Morton :: I've heard great things about Kate Morton for awhile and I was anxious to read one of her novels. I love, love, love this book. I have to admit about half way through I was hating it--hating where the story was going, hating a couple of the main characters. I hated it so much I considered not finishing it; but I was so irritated by one of the characters that I was wanted to see her demise, plus I wanted to find out the secret. without giving too much I will just say this; I ended the book with a smile on my face. this book is a definite must read!
-Austenlandby Shannon Hale :: Every Jane Austen fan must read this book. The main character is relatable and sweet. After reading this book I wanted to visit "Austenland"! How fun would it be to dress up and live as Jane Austen did! This is a fun, easy read I wholeheartedly recommend. one last note, while I love, love, love the book and I did enjoy the movie, please read the book first. the movie does not give the book justice. in fact, while I did like the movie, I feel it made a mockery of the book.