I wanted to share a few of my favorite reads from this past year.

Top 5:

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

I had never heard of Corrie ten Boom before reading this book, but found her story truly inspirational.

The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman

This was a touching story of three special women who learn to see the world and each other in different ways. They also learn about love, both for family and for the men in their lives.

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

I reviewed this just a couple of days ago, discussing how I enjoyed all the characters and the twisting plot. I also really liked how each section was narrated by a different person.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

This children’s classic is still magical for me, and it was nice to share it with Amber this time around.

She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb

I loved this one. It was a blending of Appalachia’s present and its past, of the truth behind folk songs and the way the present often echoes what happened before. I loved how all the characters lives intersected, how they interacted with each other.

Favorite Romance:

Phenomenal Girl 5 by A. J. Menden

I had expected a fun book, but it also turned out to be an incredible romance that brought tears to my eyes.

Favorite Title:

I Love, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti by Giulia Melucci

The  story was okay; the title was fabulous.

Favorite Fantasy:

The Light of Burning Shadows by Chris Evans

This military fantasy hooked me. I can’t wait to read more of Evans’ work.

Favorite Thriller/Suspense:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The characters just drew me in, with their strengths and their secrets.

Book I was Surprised I Loved:

Phantom Limb by Theresa Kishkan

Her essays are beautiful, worth lingering over.

Hopefully 2010 will bring more wonderful books and stories.