2016 Book List

All the books I've read this year + a mini review of each. // affiliate links included.
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Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by JK Rowling // Stories is probably not a great description--more like essays. I was disappointed that it felt more like a bio than a fiction tale. But it was still fun to hear backstory on some of my fave characters.

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Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick // After the Mother Daughter Book Club books by HVF, I picked this one up at the library. I *truly* loved it--fun kids, in an quirky, historical town, great family dynamics and mystery! And again, HVF is so good about the boy/girl relationships and the parent/kid relationships. Giving this one to my 10yo to read!

An unsent letter in a first edition copy of Charlottes Web leads to a hunt for treasure in this heartwarming middle grade mystery from the author of The Mother-Daughter Book Club. Now that Truly Lovej

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave // This book took me a minute to get into b/c it felt very light-hearted at first. And really, the dry wicked humor was throughout the whole story. But I really loved this one. I think it's basically a story of how war just wrecks every person--at home, fighting on the front lines and everything in between. The characters are some of the best of any book.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. A spellbinding novel about three unforgettable individuals thrown together by war, love, and their search for belonging in the ever-changing landscape of WWII London.

Home for the Holidays by Heather Vogel Frederick // Finally, a Betsy Tacy book club! My fave! Lots of fun with the book club girls and their moms--I'm continually pleased with these books. The girls are growing older, so there are more boyfriend things happening, but the main point is still the moms/daughters and their relationships.

Home for the Holidays Full Read Online by Heather Vogel Frederick in genre Fiction books

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner // Meissner is my new fave author. I think I read 3 of her books this year. This one straddles 9/11 and another horrific event in NY in 1911. Connecting the 2 women in 2 times is a scarf--and the discovery of love. It was sad, hard, slow, beautiful and full of redemption--my fave kind of book!

A FALL OF MARIGOLDS by Susan Meissner -- A beautiful scarf, passed down through the generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away. I enjoyed it.

Mrs. Lee & Mrs. Gray by Dorothy Love // Biographical fiction is my favorite. This is the account of Robert E Lee's wife, Mary Custis and one of her slaves, Salina Gray. It's how I imagine life in the South to be then--so much sadness and misunderstanding. It was a slow book with real heart-ache. I enjoyed the peek into their real lives.

About the book: A general’s wife and a slave girl forge a friendship that transcends race, culture, and the crucible of Civil War. Mary Anna Custis Lee is a great-granddaughter of Martha Washingt…

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier // I don't know who recommend this to me but I showed up at the library one day and it was waiting for me. It's a YA time travel book & I did like it. The pacing was a little fast sometimes (I like slowly discovering a new world when it comes to "magic", ec.) and there was a bit of too-silly YA-ness to it. But overall, it was exciting and the time travel-ness was creative and fun.

Ruby Gemstones Ruby Red (Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier (Must read this book) What do you think of the colour?

Pies & Prejudice by Heather Vogel Frederick // Another fun addition to this series--this time w/part of the book set in England! There are more mean girls, more boys but still so much good mom/daughter connection.

Four girls, and their mothers, continue their mother-daughter book club via videoconference between Massachusetts and England, reading Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," and try to put friendship before romance.

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier // 2nd in the series & I was afraid after the 1st chapter that I couldn't finish reading it--though it might be TOO young adult for me. But I sped right through it and enjoyed it a lot. Fun and creative. There was more off-color teenager stuff and the cover is unfortunate. But overall, I liked it. And I have to read the 3rd one as I still don't know what's going to happen!!

Sapphire Blue (The Ruby Red Trilogy, by Kerstin Gier. A YA sci fi/fantasy, second book in the Ruby Red Trilogy.

Finding Father Christmas & Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn // These 2 books are a Hallmark movie this year! It's a sweet story of a girl looking for her Father and finding so much more. Romantic, Christmasy and just filled with God-moments, in typical RJG fashion. LOVED. I loved it even more after reading How My Book Became a Movie by RJG, which tells so much behind the scenes!

Finding Father Christmas / Engaging Father Christmas (Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn By beloved author Robin Jone.