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My favorite books this year turned out to be ones I loved early on: fiction--The Woman in the Window (A.J. Finn) and nonfiction--Fly Girls (Keith O'Brien).


I've completed several mystery series this year: the one dearest to me is William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor saga. I'm just starting to get into Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs books, and Charles Finch's books on detective Charles Finch.


More serious reading was done for classes I taught (in particular, on Thomas Wolfe) and book clubs I'm enjoying.


A rich year for reading!

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My favorite book this year has been Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.  It is a book that really touched me and made a lasting impression,  I’ve read a lot of good books this year and several not-so-good ones.  This one is a winner!

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I also read The Woman in the Window and enjoyed it.

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These are mine in no order.  I still have some reading to do for the rest of December, so might add some.


The ones with astericks besides them are new authors.


Tony's Wife - Adriana Trigiani

Not Our Kind - Kitty Zeldis

How To Walk Away - Katherine Center*

Every Note Played - Lisa Genova

Surprise Me - Sophie Kinsella

The Perfect Couple - Elin Hilderbrand

The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

Other People's Houses - Abbi Waxman

The Mother-In-Law - Sally Hepworth

Shadow Child - Rahna Reiko Rizzuto*

An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen*

When The Men Were Gone - Marjorie Herrera Lewis*

Killing It (nf) - Camas Davis*

House Of Belonging - Andrea Thome*

The Dinner List - Rebecca Searle*

Good Heart - Alan Newman*

High Season - Judy Blundell*


Here's to 2019!




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None of my favorite books make the best seller list.  Every Christmas, I look forward to reading the newest Moonglow boook by Deborah Garner.  It is just a feel-good book.  I also enjoy Susan Kiernan-Lewis' book series of Stranded In Provence and The Maggie Newberry Mysteries.  

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Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris.

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Domestically challenged (love that name--I'm with you!), I've been hearing so much about Where the Crawdads Sing. I am definitely going to check it out!

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Re: Favorite Books of 2018

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2018 was a remarkably rich year for me in books.  Incredible, really, looking at them all.  They are in order of how I love them, with my favorite first:


Us Against You by Frederick Backman

The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Room to Dream by David Lynch with Kristine McKenna

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Sanders

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman  Smiley Happy

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

The Grave's a Fine and Private Place" by Alan Bradley (Flavia de Luce)

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

There There by Tommy Orange

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg  Smiley Happy



Smiley Happy   books I was blessed to learned about on this forum 




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The Woman In The Window  A.J. Finn

I Know My Name  C.J. Cooke

The Night Child  Anna Quinn

The Great Alone  Kristin Hannah

Tips For Living  Renee Shafransky

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine  Gail Honeyman

The Waiting Room  Emily Bleeker

Button Man  Andrew Gross

The Girl From Berlin  Ronald Balson

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I read a lot of good books this year, but the two that stand out for me are The Woman In The Window and Circe


I just loved them both.  Circe, especially, had such beautiful writing.  And I loved the way the plot unfolded (layer by layer) in The Woman in the Window. Some people have called them twists (I hate that term now) and I never saw it that way.