I’ve been thinking a lot about my favorite books of the past year. It’s so hard to narrow them down because I have read a ton and I have enjoyed so many.
I had to look at my Goodreads list to find the highest rated then think back to what I enjoyed about each one.
In no particular order, here are my top picks. Some came out this year, some of them came out a while ago but I loved each one.
I thank the authors for creating such amazing books that offered me some escape from my day to day world.
My Notorious Life by Kate Manning: This saga of a poor woman who rose to great wealth will keep you captivated from beginning to end. I don’t want to give much away but think immigrant plus medicine plus reproductive rights.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand: What can I say? The story of Louis Zamperini is brilliantly researched and this man is a true hero. I am looking forward to the movie.
The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes: At this point, Jojo Moyes can do no wrong. Her books are fun page turners and I loved this story of single mom Jess struggling to get her daughter to a competition that will win her daughter a scholarship.
The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark by Meryl Gordon: Another wonderful biography that hooked me from the beginning. I didn’t know much about Huguette Clark but now I am intrigued with her story. An heiress who spent her time in a sprawling mansion with only servants for company and later in a hospital for no apparent health reason, her family later battled for her fortune which she left the bulk of to her nurse.
I Love You More by Jennifer Murphy: A true mystery, a page turner that I couldn’t put down! Picasso is only twelve when her father is murdered and her mother is the primary suspect until two other women come forward, each claiming to also be married to the man…as the book unfolded, I couldn’t read it fast enough! I highly recommend this tightly written story!
North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both by Cea Sunrise Person: This was a great memoir, told without bitterness or malice towards what can only be called a tough upbringing in the wilderness. Cea had an unbelievable childhood, growing up with a free spirited teen mom and grandparents who longed to escape civilization. A must read!
Jennifer’s Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease–What Doctors Don’t Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again by Jennifer Esposito: When you are suffering through something its nice to know you aren’t alone and in this book, Jennifer Esposito details her battle with celiac disease. Misdiagnosed for years and suffering in pain, it wasn’t until Jennifer was an adult that she finally received the correct diagnosis of having celiac, a disease where gluten cannot be digested and causes the body harm. Not only was this book illuminating about the disease but I found Jennifer’s journey very inspiring.
The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms: I really wanted a light, fun story that made me laugh and that’s exactly what this book delivered. I loved the plot, told from alternating points of view of two women with the same name who each think they won a dream house in Maine. I liked this book so much that I wrote the author a note telling her how much I enjoyed her novel.
I also really enjoyed:
All Woman and Springtime by Brandon W. Jones
Ember Island by Kimberley Freeman
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin
Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies