Happy Thanksgiving! I thought I would share the top ten library books I'm thankful to have read this past year. If you love the library, you might want to create a top ten list of your own! I'd love to read your list if you do make one!
The Night Gardener. Jonathan Auxier. 2014. Abrams. 350 pages. [Source: Library]
I love and adore Jonathan Auxier's The Night Gardener. Love and adore is probably even an understatement. I read this one twice this year. I have a review here at Becky's Book Reviews and a review at Operation Actually Read Bible.
Here's how this one begins:
The calendar said early March, but the smell in the air said late October. A crisp sun shone over Cellar Hollow, melting the final bits of ice from the bare trees. Steam rose from the soil like a phantom, carrying with it a whisper of autumn smoke that had been lying dormant in the frosty underground. Squinting through the trees, you could just make out the winding path that ran from the village all the way to the woods in the south. People seldom traveled in that direction, but on this March-morning-that-felt-like-October, a horse and cart rattled down the road. It was a fish cart with a broken back wheel and no fish. Riding atop the bench were two children, a girl and a boy, both with striking red hair. The girl was named Molly, and the boy, her brother, was Kip. And they were riding to their deaths. This, at least, was what Molly had been told by no fewer than a dozen people as they traveled from farm to farm in search of the Windsor estate.
2. Goodnight, Mr. Tom. Michelle Magorian. 1981. HarperCollins. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
I checked out the book and the movie from the library. Both are highly recommended!!!
3. Unbroken. Laura Hillenbrand. 2010. Random House. 473 pages. [Source: Library]
This memoir is so intense and compelling!!!
Bridge to Haven. Francine Rivers. 2014. Tyndale House. 468 pages. [Source: Library]
Historical fiction set in the 1950s. Would love to see this as a movie!!!
5. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights. Steve Sheinkin. 2014. Roaring Brook. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
Love this nonfiction title!
6. Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles. Douglas Florian. 2014. Penguin. 160 pages. [Source: Library]
Without a doubt my favorite poetry book of the year!!!
7. Frozen in Time. Mitchell Zuckoff. 2013. Harper. 391 pages. [Source: Library]
Yes, it's more nonfiction! And, yes, it's set during World War II.
The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson. 2013. Simon & Schuster. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
More World War II. But it's so good. A Holocaust book for the audience of Number the Stars perhaps.
9. The Midnight Library. Kazuno Kohara. 2014. Roaring Brook. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
There is something oh-so-magical about this picture book. It just captured my heart.
10. A Snicker of Magic. Natalie Lloyd. 2014. Scholastic. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
It wasn't easy choosing the final book. Hence why there will be honorable mentions!
Bo at Ballard Creek. Kirkpatrick Hill. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 2013. Henry Holt. 288 pages. [Source: Library]
Free to Fall. Lauren Miller. 2014. HarperCollins. 480 pages. [Source: Library]
Kiss of Deception. (The Remnant Chronicles #1) Mary E. Pearson. 2014. Henry Holt. 489 pages. [Source: Library]
Absolutely Almost. Lisa Graff. 2014. Penguin. 304 pages [Source: Library]
© 2014 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews