It’s that time of year again, when I share my favorite number of favorite books! I read somewhere around 40 or 50 novels this year and, unlike some years, it was very difficult to narrow the list to seven. My picks range from picture book to literary classic, so there’s something for everyone. All the books are linked so you can read more about them if you like.
And HAPPY NEW YEAR! Enter to win a copy of any of the following books! Just leave a comment and please leave me your email address if you’d like to enter as sometimes I have a hard time getting a hold of winners. Also bonus entries if you tweet or FB or otherwise announce this giveaway.
7. THE EMERALD ATLAS by John Stephens
Orphans Kate, Michael and Emma are sucked through a book to another world full of magic, old prophecies, and danger, and perhaps the secret to their parents’ disappearance.
6. FLIPPED by Wendelin Van Draanen
Julie flipped when she first saw Bryce. Bryce ran away when he first met Julie. Then things started to flip. An adorable and hilarious he-said/she-said tale that everyone can enjoy.
5. ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
I can’t believe I haven’t read this before. I’m kind of on an Alice in Wonderland kick right now. Lewis Carroll is a bizarre genius.
4. STUCK by Oliver Jeffers
Floyd got his kite stuck in a tree…plus a whole lot more. Endearingly quirky and surprising. My boys and I laughed out loud.
3. THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern
A dreamlike circus designed around two rival magicians. Fascinating scenery and a gorgeous love story.
2. THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
A hauntingly beautiful story, narrated by Death, through the eyes of a young girl in Nazi Germany.
1. EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck
Steinbeck’s masterpiece story of the Trask and Hamilton families. A brilliant portrait of the human soul; it rattled mine.
Happy New Year!
I will leave the giveaway open until January 1 and will announce a winner on January 2.