I had a GREAT reading year and whittling this list to twelve was a challenge. However! Here are my choices and my hope is that you’ll give them a try and enjoy them at least as much as I did.
1. Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts
The second book in the Chronicles of the One didn’t disappoint from the first. This is an extraordinary story.
2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I can say without reservation or qualification that this is my favorite book of the year. Extraordinary story, setting and narration…it has everything I want in great book.
3. A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
I loved the narration of this book in addition to the great story that kept me hooked from beginning to end.
4. Just Love by Prescott Lane
This author NEVER disappoints and this story broke my heart for a great portion of the book but didn’t leave me in despair. It’s a lovely story.
5. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
This is one of the books I jumped into blindly solely because of the rave reviews by so many of my Goodreads and blogger friends. It more than lived up to the hype!
6. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
The setting in this story creates the magic and the narrator did the rest with a tale that brought the mystery and lore. It was a surprise win for me.
7. The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter
We waited three long years for this book and it far surpassed everyone’s expectations. And, the narration was incredible. It ties for first place.
8. Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins
Higgins is one of my auto read authors because she writes stories you never want to end. This one is no exception.
9. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This was such a huge surprise! I didn’t expect to love it and the full cast narration was just outstanding.
10. Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Two by Reid and this short story captivated me from the first sentence. A must listen and it will make you explore this author’s backlist.
11. The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne
Oh, what a wonderful discovery! I’ve had this series on my shelf or awhile and began it with this book as a group read on Goodreads. It’s an incredible beginning to an amazing series.
I inhaled this book! Everything about it worked…humor, angst, romance, heartbreak…it has it all.