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.


    • Jenna

    • December 28, 2011

    • 5:40 pm

    Flipped looks fun! I added it to my Goodreads list. And I have some long term goals to read classics like Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz. I need to force myself to stop picking up current stuff all the time and look to the past a little bit 🙂

  1. All of these look so good! I’ve wanted to read The Emerald Atlas since I heard of it. 🙂

    Happy New Year!

    • Elise

    • December 28, 2011

    • 5:56 pm

    These look great! I love reading your reviews.

  2. Thanks Elise!

  3. I’ve read 3 out of 7 of these books. “The Emerald Atlas”, “Flipped”, and “The Night Circus” are on my to-read list for sure, though!

  4. I haven’t read 3 or 4, and they both look great. I loved all of the others, except for 1. Steinbeck’s writing was brilliant. I just didn’t like it.

    myrnabobfoster at yahoo dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Unknown

    • December 28, 2011

    • 6:13 pm

    Nice array of favorites! Will put these on my list.

    Not sure if I signed in correctly?

  5. You know Myrna, I did not care for Steibeck’s other stuff, The Grapes of Wrath particularly. (The ending just ruined it for me.) But I’m glad I read East of Eden. I guess you win some, lose some!

  6. I’ve heard great things about all those books, but I’m most looking forward to reading The Night Circus! Thanks so much for the giveaway 🙂

    lorimlee82 at gmail dot com

    • Anonymous

    • December 28, 2011

    • 10:20 pm

    Nice list. There’s a few I haven’t read yet. I just finished Neil Gaimen’s “The Gaveyard Book”. I was surprised by how much I LOVED it. Now, I’m off to finish The Hunger Games….I can’t seem to put it down long enough to cook, clean, get dressed in the morning (you get the picture) 😛 Happy New Year to you too, and I just can’t wait read your first book!

    Angie Barth

  7. I loved THE GRAVEYARD BOOK too! And good luck with your housework. Hunger Games is quite the distraction.

    • Robin

    • December 28, 2011

    • 11:02 pm

    I’m always on the look out for bk reccomendations-thanks for these. I loved Flipped and The Book Thief, but the rest I haven’t read yet, so they’re going on my to read list:)

    Happy New Year!

    • robbins

    • December 28, 2011

    • 11:20 pm

    I must read Stuck I love to laugh. You should try I Want my hat back by Jon Klassaen

  8. I hadn’t heard of Flipped – thanks for the recommendation! Happy new year, Jeff

  9. Loved Flipped. And Book Theif just goes without saying. I should try East of Eden. I have steered clear of Steinbeck since Grapes of Wrath. I couldn’t do it either.

    • Eva

    • December 29, 2011

    • 10:45 pm

    I can’t believe you hadn’t read Alice either! I liked East of Eden too, but I can’t remember what it’s about – time to reread!
    You’ve got my email, I believe.

    • gaylene

    • December 30, 2011

    • 12:55 am

    great list. and it reminded me that I STILL haven’t read the book thief. shame on me.

  10. Stuck is hilarious! We just borrowed it from the library and my kids (my son especially) love talking about all the wacky stuff that gets stuck in the tree. pvilletoygirl @ g m a i l dot com

    • Whitney

    • December 31, 2011

    • 5:19 am

    I’m impressed by the number of books you read each year! That’s quite the talent!

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