The holidays are coming and if you’re anything like me, you think reading by a fire is one of the best treats of the season. (I’m really not a fan of snow.) I’ve read over 60 books this year (a marathon I won’t try to repeat next year), and instead of a “top 10” of the year, I thought this might be a better way to go about it. So here are my top 5 books/series (taken from those I’ve read this year) that I highly recommend if you’re looking for an absorbing fireplace read. Enjoy!
- Most Captivating Tale: Kate Morton’s “The Secret Keeper” – All of Ms. Morton’s books are extremely long and intricate but beautifully written and amazing in their complexity. I highly recommend any of hers when you have a LONG period of time on your hands to fully immerse yourself in a book. As I’ve said before, Ms. Morton’s books are like feasts…with wine.
- Sassiest Female Lead: Deanna Raybourn’s “A Curious Beginning” – Veronica is opinionated, sexually liberated, and a passionate lepidopterist. Her audaciousness will not fail to win you over. I cannot wait to read book 2, which is set to release in January 2017.
- Best Historical Gem: Dray and Kamoie’s “America’s First Daughter” – This NY Times bestseller is a look inside the complexities that was Thomas Jefferson by someone who knew him best, his daughter Patsy. Patsy’s life was anything but tranquil, and with a father that famous, she lived in his shadow, trying to reconcile the icon with the flawed father. Absolutely amazing! Next, Dray and Kamoie will tackle Eliza Hamilton.
- Best “Happily Ever After”: Tracy Rees’ “Amy Snow” – Part mystery, part Cinderella fairy tale, this book details one girl’s search for her identity after her wealthy benefactress dies and the girl has to navigate a life she never thought possible.
- Best Happy Holidays Choice: Tasha Alexander’s “That Silent Night” – So technically I read this in December 2015, but I think it still counts. Anyone who has not yet experienced Ms. Alexander’s Lady Emily series is missing out, but this holiday novella offers a taste of Emily’s wit, humor, and never-ending sense of adventure. I recommend the series, but this one is perfect for this time of year even as I read Lady Emily’s most recent: “A Terrible Beauty” (stay tuned for that review soon).