I apologize for the long absence.
I'm just going to jump right back in and let you know my favorite books of the year so far! I've leaned more towards non-fiction than in past years, with a ratio of 45% nonfiction, 55% fiction. Here are my perfect, 5 star reads so far.
by Jennifer Haigh
A non-sensationalized novel about an inherently sensational event—the abuse of an 8-year-old boy by a priest.
Destiny of the Republic
by Candice Millard
A brilliantly written account of the tragic time when James Garfield, Civil War hero, pioneering congressman and 20th president, was mowed down by a madman as his administration began.
Garlic and Sapphires
by Ruth Reichl
Tasty revelations of Gourmet magazine editor Reichl's undercover antics as the former food critic at the New York Times.
by Cassie Beasley
A poignant debut novel in which young Micah discovers magic is real at the same time his grandfather begins to fail.
We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
Young Adult Fiction
Candace Sinclair Eastman attempts to piece together the cause of an accident that has left her with no memory of it.
by Tess Gerritsen
A not-for-the-squeamish murder mystery set in both Boston and Botswana.
A Thousand Naked Strangers
by Kevin Hazzard
A former EMT details his action-packed tenure in the field.
Secrets of Midwives
by Sally Hepworth
A warmhearted and engaging novel that follows three generations of midwives as they deal with family secrets.
by Lyndsay Faye
Jane Steele seeks retribution and redemption in Faye's latest novel, an homage to Jane Eyre.