Although I discovered her first book, Good Things, in 2008, I ravenously picked up and read Mia King's novels Sweet Life, and then Table Manners. If you haven't yet read Mia King, and you enjoy fiction about women, often including food and recipes, then you should really try out her novels!
One of my favorite reads in quite awhile came up in February of this year, and I've given it away TWICE because I wanted to pass the happiness along. That book was A Hopeless Romantic by Harriet Evans, who has also written several other books (that I still need to read).
Another great discovery this year was Sharon Lathan's Pride and Prejudice novels, Two Shall Become One and Loving Mr. Darcy. I developed a fun friendship with Lathan that extended to some predictions about me sharing her novel from the beaches of Hawaii. :) While a more sensual approach to the Darcy story, I really loved the language of the story, as well as the escape factor. What can I say? I'm still very much a sucker for the idea of a hopelessly romantic love! (By the way, book three, My Dearest Mr. Darcy comes out on the 1st! My review is coming soon...)
Besides the novels that helped me escape this year, I read some really great literature, including: The Reader (still haunts me), A Small Place, The Inheritance of Loss, and Fasting, Feasting.
To wrap up my year, I'll post some of the pics for novels I enjoyed below.
My stats for 2009:
- 95 novels read for the year.
- Three Challenges completed--Rejuvenate & Renew, Everything Austen, & Period Drama Challenge.
- Challenge Fails--None yet, but I might w/ the e-reader challenge.
Having shared my favorites, can you list your favorite read of the year? I know it's hard, but is there one book that stood out to you?
Until next time, Mahalo! Enjoy your New Year's celebrations, and I'll see you on the other side.