Sunday, December 14, 2008

2008 Book Faves

By Michele

The year is coming to an end--no duh, you say. I look around my bedroom/office and see the pile of books by my bed and the stacks in the book case in my room (every room in my house, except the bathroom has a book case) even the kitchen. I figured it might be kind of fun to give a break down of my favorite books for the year, let the other chicks chime in and hear from all of the readers.

I thought categories might be good, so let's start with mystery:

Um-huh. Mystery? Every one of the Cozy Chicks books! There's ano brainer there. I have to say though (not to get the other chicks mad at me), but if I had to pick my fave from our group for the year, I'm leaning toward Diana's Corpse Pose. I'm a yoga freak (but you do not have to be into yoga to enjoy) so I really loved this book. There's a ton of humor, great mystery, quirky fun characters and excellent writing.

Romance: I don't do sweet boy meets girl romance. I'm sorry. I don't believe they exist in real life (as if stumbling over dead people every few months is realistic, but hey, it's what i write), so I'm not into them, but I read a book this year that I loved for the romance in it. Sara Addison Allen's Garden Spells. There's a little magic, good food, friendship, family bonds and of course romance. It's my top pick for favorite romance of the year.

Thriller: M.J. Rose's The Reincarnationist. Sort of Da Vinci Codish but with past lives, present day murders, a love story and plenty of thrills kept me up late at night with this book.

Paranormal: Okay, I jumped on the vampire bandwagon. Now I am going to tell you right now that I have never rally gottne the vampire deal. It's just ot my thing, but I thought I'd try Twilight. Hmmm? I'm still scratching my head. Sorry for all of you out there that adore the series, I liked it fine but didn't LOVE it. Maybe I need to be 16. But what I did love is Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse (Dead Until Dark). I am reading this series and love it--it's fun, funny, dark, sexy and did I say fun? I will continue with this series for sure.

Memoir: Chosen by a Horse and The Geography of Love (tie). There is no way I could not list both of these books. Chosen by a Horse is a story that many of us know--love of a pet, companion--best friend and how an animal can make our lives special and full of love and sweetness. I truly loved this book.

The Georgraphy of Love by Glenda Burgess is a love story in the truest sense. Glenda is a dear friend of mine but that isn't why I am suggesting this book. It is about the journey of love, family, loss and faith. I laughed, I cried, I felt every possible emotion I could when reading this book and I hope you will do yourself the favor of reading it.

I read so many books this year that I could add here (I loved mostly all of them), and there are other categories as well, but this handful was definitely my set of faves. I'd love to know what your suggestions and favorites were in 2008. Please chime in, and happy reading.