My Top 10 Books I Read This Year!

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Choosing my Top 10 books this year was difficult because there were so many excellent books. When I search for a book, it depends on my mood.

Do I need something light to brighten my spirits or a Historical Fiction story to learn something new? Sometimes a Mystery or Thriller is just what I need to get my mind going.

That’s why I always keep an extensive reading list, and today I’m sharing my Top 10 favorites from this year with you!

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” – Mortimer J. Adler

In our last newsletter, we asked our community what their favorite genre was to better feature books to read. The results were not surprising, with our readership loving all genres!

However, the most popular was Historical Fiction, followed by Mystery/Thriller. The remaining categories had an even distribution, such as literary fiction and non-fiction.

Romance had the littlest interest, but we haven’t featured it, to be fair. With that said, I am looking for a good Romance story that will pique our reader’s interest. Please email us here with any suggestions.

One of the things I enjoyed most about Book Club was it pushed me out of my comfort zone. So stay tuned; a romance book suggestion may be coming your way!

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Below I’ve listed my Top Ten favorite books I read this year. These are the books I would always recommend when friends ask for a book suggestion.

Each book jacket links to the author’s page. You’ll find the author’s website and the publisher’s website so you can delve into the book and learn more about the story and the author. Don’t forget to check author tour dates for a chance to meet the author in person. It’s a great way to enhance your reading.


Sunflower Sisters by Martha Kelly

Historical Fiction/Civil War

From the Jacket: Georgeanna “Georgey” Woolsey isn’t meant for the world of lavish parties and the demure attitudes of women of her stature. So when war ignites the nation, Georgey follows her passion for nursing during a time when doctors considered women . . . read more

Read PBR Review: Martha Hall Kelly is one of my favorite authors, and if you haven’t read her other books in this series Lilac Girls and Lost Roses, I highly recommend you do. You can read them as stand alone’s, but they’re so intriguing you’ll want to know the whole story of the Woolsey family, plus . . . read more


The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Historical Fiction/American History

From the Jacket: From the number-one bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes a powerful American epic about love and heroism and hope, set during the Great Depression, a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself when millions were out of work and . . . read more

Read PBR Review: The story explores the lack of compassion these people faced when they migrated to California in search of a better life. I felt a deep connection to Elsa as she struggled to survive and take care of her family. And although . . . read more


The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Southern Fiction

From the Jacket: In 1936, Bluet is the last of the Kentucky Blues. In the dusty Appalachian hills of Troublesome Creek, nineteen and blue-skinned, Bluet has used up her last chance for “respectability” and a marriage bed. Instead, she joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding up treacherous mountains on a mule to deliver books and . . . read more

Read PBR Review: This book depicts the struggles of being different and the evil that surfaces when people feel threatened by the unknown. Real-life can be harsh. Cussy has blue skin and suffers discrimination and loneliness because people don’t understand her medical condition. . . read more


The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Historical Fiction/ Cultural Heritage Fiction

From the Jacket: Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of . . . read more

Read PBR Review: Lia See’s latest book is a fascinating read about an all-women Korean diving group on the island of Jeju. The women divers are called haenyeo, which means sea women, and they harvest seaweed and shellfish from the ocean’s bottom to support their families. These amazing women can . . . read more


Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Science Fiction

From the Jacket: Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last chance mission and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. . . . read more

Read PBR Review: Let me start by saying Historical Fiction is probably my favorite genre, so I always hesitate when considering a science fiction book as my next read. However, I was surprised how much I liked The Martian by Andy Weir, so I was curious about his new book Project Hail Mary and thought I’d give it a try. I’m happy to say . . . read more


The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

Espionage Thriller

From the Jacket: 1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything beauty, wealth, and the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, and puts her fluent German to use . . . read more

Read PBR Review: From start to finish, this was an exciting read about three young women recruited to decipher intricate codes during WWll at the top secret compound Beltchy Park. These remarkable women play a crucial role in providing . . . read more 


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Historical Fantasy

From the Jacket:

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever-and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and . . . read more

Read PBR Review:  It begins in the 1700s when Addie LaRue is trapped in a life she doesn’t want. She feels her only way out is to make a deal with Luc, who is seductive, charming, and from the dark side. But, she pays a high price for her freedom, she will live forever, but no one will remember her. . . read more


Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson

Fiction/Dark Comedy

From the Jacket: From the New York Times bestselling author of The Family Fang, a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with a remarkable ability. Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then Lillian . . . read more

Read PBR Review: When I first read the jacket cover of this book, I was skeptical. It’s not my usual genre, but it came highly recommended by a reliable friend, so I decided to give it a try. I was surprised how much I liked it; it was quirky, funny, and a welcome change . . . read more


American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

From the Jacket: Tambien de este lado hay suenos. On this side, too, there are dreams. 

Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is . . . read more

Read PBR Review: There is a lot to discuss and ponder with Jeanne Cummins’s new book American Dirt. She delivers an emotional read about a young mother and her son as they flee Mexico fearing retaliation from the Mexican Drug Cartel. As Lydia and her eight-year-old son seek freedom in The United States, the author brings you on a suspenseful, heartbreaking, and sometimes violent journey as they seek safety in the United States. I couldn’t help. . . read more


The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

WW II Historical Fiction

From the Jacket: Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books when her eyes lock on a photograph in the New York Times. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in more than sixty years-a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names. . . read more

Read PBR Review: Historical fiction buffs will love this book about the resistance movement during WWll that saved thousands of lives. The Book of Lost Names is a record of people’s real identity rescued from the Nazis during the war; many were too young to remember their names. The intent . . . read more


What were some of your favorite books this year? Share in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Andrea


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