Monday, January 06, 2014

Favorite Books of 2013

I know it's already January 6th, but here's my Favorite Books of 2013 list! What were your favorites?

"War and Peace centers broadly on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the best-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves behind his family to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman, who intrigues both men. As Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy vividly follows characters from diverse backgrounds—peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers—as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving—and human—figures in world literature."

Don't let the size scare you! It's incredibly reader friendly and extremely engaging.  You'll find yourself totally immersed in the story, cheering, laughing and perhaps crying.  It's a great book for these long, cold winter days.

If you don't want to carry the tome? Why not try it on as an audiobook?  Download it today.

 Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell     

"Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try"

New to Young Adult Fiction? This book is a great example of the high quality writing that is out there for teens and adults.  It's a wonderful story that will make you feel nostalgic for your own first love. 

The Last Word by Lisa Lutz                                                 

"Targeted by the members of her dysfunctional family for control over Spellman Investigations after staging a retaliatory takeover, Izzy is wrongly accused of embezzling funds from a wealthy Alzheimer's patient."  

I am a huge fan of series.  I love to learn more about a character and how they develop over a longer story, but I'm also glad when an author knows it's time to end a series.  There's nothing worse than seeing your favorite character becoming a cookie cutter and being recycled from book to book with no real change in the formula.  

Lutz really delivers on this last episode with new characters and the return of some old favorites. She really makes me glad I'm not a Spellman.  

Why not try it on audiobook? Download it today

On my plate for 2014:

Another Russian Classic for these bitterly cold days.

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Longbourn by Jo Baker

The story of Pride and Prejudice, but from the servants' point of view.

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