Monday, October 31, 2011

Share with me your favorite books

October is National Book Month so I hope that everyone was able to pick up at least one book and read it this past month. 
I'm a busy mom and struggle to find time to read, but I do try to read 26 books a year. That's a book every two weeks. I've been keeping track for the last 4 years. I have a little journal where I write down what I read, the author's name, a little blurb about the book, and what I thought about it (even giving it my own star rating). 

I love to read over the holidays, so I need to stock up on my reading supplies now so I'll have enough to last me through the new year. Please tell me what your all-time favorite books are. I'm going to compile a list of your favorites and head to my library and bookstore to gear up.

To share with you my favorites...I'm reading Hunted right now by Clair M. Pulson, but some of my favorites this year have been:
Josi Kilpack's culinary mysteries. I was behind on this series and had to read them all starting with Lemon Tart. 
John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series is awesome! I love YA adventure.
Dan well's I'm not a Serial Killer & Mr. Monster--I need to get the next one. Great thrillers.
I also enjoyed Dead on Arrival by Jeff Savage, If I Should Die by Jennie Hansen, and Murder by the Book by Betsy Brannon Green.
For romance I liked Kiss of a Stranger by Sarah M. Eden, and of course, my own Mark of Royalty.
I have read a lot more, but these were some of my top picks so far for this year.

I'd love to hear what some of your top picks are. Post them in the comment section so I can stock up on some good reading material for the holidays.

Happy reading. 


  1. I loved "Courting Miss Lancaster" so much last year that I couldn't wait to get my hand on "Seeking Persephone". I seriously crush on Adam, so I was thrilled to get his love story with the older Miss Lancaster.

    I read Variant by Robison Wells recently. LOVED it. And I feel even stronger about his brother's series: "I Am Not a Serial Killer", "Mr. Monster", and "I Don't Want to Kill You" (Dan Wells). I loved The Forgotten Garden by Kate Mortenson. I've got many more book reviews on my blog.

    Good luck!

  2. Thanks Donna! I will definitely pick some of those up and I'll check out your blog!

  3. I just read a really unusual YA called The Knife of Never Letting Go. The men in it can hear each other's thoughts and the thoughts of animals. A young boy and his dog come across a place where there is no noise in the swamp and then the danger starts. It was a fun and unusual story.

  4. I'd have to say one of my favorites that I have read this past year is House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer.

  5. Matched, by Allie Condie. The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud, Maggie's Door by Patricia Giff. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Although this book mentions sex so be aware of that before you recommend it to a teen.) And I'll also add Slayers by CJ Hill and My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison (Because my books always end just the way I want them too.)

  6. I am so excited!!!! Thanks for the ideas. I can't wait to start reading!

  7. I loved Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. Absolutely fabulous. I just got the second book, Supernaturally, and I can't wait to get started on it. For some great ideas, check out the winners and the finalists of the Whitney Awards (

  8. Great idea, Marny, about the Whitney winners! Thanks! I'm curious about Paranormalcy too. I've heard some good things about it, so I'll have to get it.

  9. Thanks for sharing some of your favorite book titles, I've read several of the ones you listed, too. My all time favorite would have to be Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier. I also just finished Dan Wells third book in his serial killer series. My 14 year old son loved them. I think the first one was my favorite. Happy Reading!



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