I didn’t keep track of exactly how many books I read this year, but I read 3.5 while my kids were on Christmas break if that gives you an idea 🙂
I’ve compiled a list of my favorites for the year. It’s heavy in the Historical Fiction and Memoir categories.
- The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom – Historical Fiction – Pre-Civil War Era (Probably my favorite story of the year.)
- Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs -YA Fiction/Fantasy (These are some of the most creative books I’ve ever read, and I’m planning to read them with my boys. Both of them are under $5 for Kindle. Totally worth the money.)
- Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (A funny book about writing. How could I not like it?)
- Surprised By Oxford by Carolyn Weber – Memoir (A lovely coming to know Jesus story with some beautifully worded sentences, and wonderful insight.)
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller – Memoir (Love how Donald Miller writes. I’m jealous of his sentences, and found the story inspiring and funny.)
- Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim – Historical Fiction – Pre-Civil War Era (Beautiful Story.)
- Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom – Memoir (I accidentally read this book, and am so happy I did. I’d loan it to you, but the first couple chapters of it are Mod-Podged all over one of my bookshelves.)
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – Historical Fiction – WWII Era (The whole book is written in a series of personal letters. Sounds weird, but it was so good. I was sad to learn that Mary Ann Shaffer passed away before it even went to print.)
- Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace by Mary Potter Kenyon – Memoir (Raw and beautiful.)
- Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum – Historical Fiction – WWII Era (I’m a sucker for WWII historical fiction, and this is written from a perspective I had not read before.)
3.5 books during Christmas break is quite impressive, Kim! Bird by Bird is one of my all-time top favorites. Your list spurs me on to try new genres.
Bird by Bird was so good! I’m reading On Writing Well by William Zinsser right now. I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it.