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With eleven days to go in 2012, it’s entirely likely this list may change or at least grow before the end of the year. But I got thinking today about some of the best books I read this year.

I’m extremely lucky to have a number of good friends who are writers and who are generous enough to share their not-yet-published works with me, and some of those were my most memorable reads of the year so far, but for this post, I’m including only published books.

I glanced at my bookshelves before I sat down to write this post in case I was overlooking anything great. But in the end, I decided to stick with the handful that came to mind first. It’s a good sign that I remembered them off the top of my head, I think.

I have a TBR pile that includes books that are years old that I’ve only recently discovered, new books, books I’ve been meaning to read but have never quite been in the right mood for and ones I buy because I have to read them Right Now, so often what I read is not newly in print, and that is certainly true of some of this year’s favourites.

last letter from your lover I talked about this one in the summer, and all these months later, it’s the first book that comes to mind when I think about recent reads. Lovely, lovely book, beautifully written.

 

 

 

 

the rose garden This is the third Susanna Kearsley book to feature on my blog. ’nuff said.

 

 

 

 


my husbands sweethearts This book’s unusual premise caught my interest. In it, a wife whose husband is dying figures she shared her husband’s good years with other women, so they can bloody well take a turn at his deathbed, too. It had the potential to be vindictive or perhaps voyeuristic on her part, but it’s neither of those. It’s about finding support and creating a family out of unlikely circumstances, and I enjoyed it.

 

 

renegade This is the second in Jack Whyte’s Guardians trilogy, (The Forest Laird is the first) and focusses on the young life of Robert the Bruce. I feel like I know young Robert after reading this book, and am looking forward to the next installment.

What were some of your favourite reads this year?

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Like most as-yet unpublished writers I know, I daydream from time to time about seeing my books on the shelves of my local bookstore. I suppose it’s a dream that motivates me on those days when the words don’t come easily, just like the dream of that new book smell I anticipate when the first copies of my published book arrive in the mail. (I’m not the only one who likes the smell of books, am I? It’s one of my favourites.)

Until I get to enjoy seeing my own books in print, I’m lucky enough to enjoy the experience vicariously through the books of some of my friends and acquaintances. Like any good writer friend, I dutifully check to make sure they’re on the shelves and talk them up to the bookstore staff at the slightest opportunity. It works, too. Bookstore staff are often book lovers, and they’re as much on the lookout for great new titles to read and to recommend as the rest of us who have towering, ever-growing TBR piles are.

Looking for a great book? Why not try one of these authors?

A Walk Through a Window

A Walk Through a Window

Book 3; book 1 is Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers

Book 3; book 1 is Kendra Kandlestar and the Box of Whispers

Book 4; Book 1 is The Scent of Shadows

Book 4; Book 1 is The Scent of Shadows

Order in Chaos, book 3 in the Templar Trilogy

Order in Chaos, book 3 in the Templar Trilogy

An Echo in the Bone, book 7 in the Outlander series

An Echo in the Bone, book 7 in the Outlander series

kc dyer writes terrific middle grade and teen fiction; Lee Edward Fodi is a favourite of my nine-year-old and her friends; Vicki Pettersson’s gritty urban fantasy takes us to a different Vegas than we see on the strip; Jack Whyte and Diana Gabaldon, both great friends of the SiWC, both have new books out in their current series: Diana’s is book 7 in the Outlander series, and Jack’s ties up the Templar Trilogy in style. (Apologies that kc’s name is up by Diana’s book; it’s a blip I can’t seem to get rid of, no matter how many paragraph breaks I put in the text. But in case you missed it, it’s she who writes the terrific middle grade and teen fiction. :))

Enjoy!

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