Sunday, January 9, 2011

December Reads

I actually managed to read 11 books in December which is absolutely astounding to me and makes me very happy. Granted, I barely watched any TV (maybe a few hours total the whole month) and went to sleep later than I should have a few nights here and there, but it was all worth it.

The theme for December was christian/inspirational fiction and with the exception of Lonesome Dove & Solitary, I stuck to it.

1. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers - christian fiction, historical fiction, 19th cent. America

2. The Walk by Richard Paul Evans - inspirational fiction

3. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry - western, classic, historical fiction

4. A Very Private Grave by Donna Fletcher Crow - christian fiction, murder mystery

5. Song of the Silent Harp by BJ Hoff - historical fiction, christian fiction, Ireland

6. Heart of a Lonely Exile by BJ Hoff - historical, christian fiction, Ireland

7. Healer by Linda Windsor - historical christian fiction, romance

8. Darlington Woods by Mike Dellosso - thriller, christian fiction

9. City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell - historical fiction, christian fiction, China

10. The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow by Joyce Magnin - christian fiction

11. Solitary (Escape From Furnace 2) by Alexander Gordon Smith - YA thriller

Song of the Silent Harp (The Emerald Ballad)Redeeming LoveCity of Tranquil Light: A Novel
Solitary: Escape from Furnace 2

The best read was, hands down, Song of the Silent Harp, closely followed by Redeeming Love, City of Tranquil Light and Solitary. BJ Hoff and Bo Caldwell are new authors for me but they are definitely making my top writers list. The remaining two are already on there:-).
Healer: A Novel (The Brides of Alba Series)

The biggest disappointment in December was Healer. I expected it to be a really good historical fiction judging by others' reviews on Amazon and GoodReads but history is probably the weakest point in this book (some expressions used by the main character are glaringly wrong, as they didn't even exist then). It's a pleasant, easy romantic read but definitely not a 4 or 5 star novel.

December was a very fruitful and pleasant month in reading and I hope that my good fortune in reading good books will continue into the new year (so far, it looks promising).