Books I’ve read in 2012 – The list is BACK!

The Winter Sea. Susanna Kearsley. Delicious read that I could not put down.
The Rose Garden. Susanna Kearsley. I think I have a new favorite author.
The Tea Rose.  Jennifer Donnelly. Part 1 in a 3-book series. I loved each & every one of these historical fiction books.



Books I’ve read in 2010

The Centurion’s Wife. Oke, Janette. Religious historical fiction.
A Lineage of Grace. Rivers, Francine. Religious historical fiction.
The Art of Racing in the Rain. Fiction.
The Help. Kathryn Stockett. Fiction. (side note: a new favorite)

Dreaming in French. Megan McAndrew.  Fiction. (side note: put me to sleep. Couldn’t last through this one.)
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. Mary Ann Shaffer. (side note: another brand new favorite. Definitely purchasing this one)
Roses.  Leila Meacham.  Fiction. (allegedly the new Gone with the Wind for 2010?)
Nanny Returns.  Fiction. (sequel to one of my favorites, The Nanny Diaries. Do yourself a favor and read the book and AVOID the movie.)
Get Me Out. Non-fiction. About the history of childbirth.
Sarah’s Key. Tatiana de Rosnay. historical fiction. Probably the saddest, most devastating Holocaust story I’ve ever read. As a mother, I cannot stop thinking about it. And I REALLY want to.

. Mende Nazer. (The true story of her abduction from her home and family by Arab raiders in Sudan and subsequently she was sold into the slave trade in Khartoum. Basically when I was going off to college, she was working as a slave in Khartoum. An amazing story.)

Love & War. John & Stasi Eldridge. One of the best marriage books I’ve ever read. I highly recommend this one & I’m putting this on my all-time faves list.
We Two. Gill.  The story of Prince Albert & Queen Victoria. I really enjoyed this one a lot after watching The Young Victoria. A good book that reads like fiction. Fascinating.

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Alexander McCall Smith

City of Joy. Dominique Lapierre. Riveting true story about the slums in India. I could not put this one down. The poverty is mind-boggling. My dad handed it to me and said I would love this story, and I did.
Some Girls. Jillian Lauren
Mr Rosenblum Dreams in English. Natasha Solomons

Committed. Elizabeth Gilbert. She’s still whiny in this sequel to Eat Pray Love (which I hated, btw.)
The Breaking of Eggs.
Jim Powell

Romancing Miss Bronte. LOVED this one.
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. Cute story, a la The Help.

The Forgotten Garden. Kate Norton. new all-time fave. AHMAZING.
My Name is Mary Sutter. Robin Oliveira. Interesting Civil War-era story about a midwife who wants to be a doctor.
The Postmistress. Sarah Blake. LOVED LOVED LOVED.

Her Mother’s Hope. Francine Rivers. poorly written, IMO, and I really do love this author.

The House at Riverton. Kate Morton. I like this author a lot; her Forgotten Garden is my favorite of her 3, but the other two were enjoyable mysteries.
The Distant Hours. Kate Morton
Russian Winter. Daphne Kalotay. New fave.

Twilight. Stephenie Meyer. This is so embarrassing. I think I’m the last person on earth to read this book.

Some faves from 2009:

The Mark of the Lion series (three novels, total). Francine Rivers. Religious historical fiction.
The Time Traveler’s Wife. Fiction.
The Love Dare.