My Favorite Books of the Year


I’m slowly crawling out of my editing cave, back into the frigid air of the holiday frozen tundra. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that all you NaNo’ers finished strong. (And even if you stumbled into that final stretch, holy cow, you wrote a book! That’s amazing!)

Speaking of books, I’m in holiday book-gifting mode, so in case you are too or you’re looking for new titles for your own TBR list, here are some of my favorites from the past year:

Lady Thief, A.C. Gaughen
If you love Robin Hood tales or YA with plucky kickass ladies, buy this one right now!

Codex Alera, Jim Butcher
I don't know how I missed this over the years, but I'm finally caught up and it is fantastic! It jumped into my top 2 all-time favorite epic series.

Under the Never Sky, Veronica Rossi
I wasn't sure what to expect going into this one...let's just say my average start to finish time for each of the three books was approximately 24 hours. Yes, they're that good.

These Broken Stars, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This one grew on me in the second half, but boy did it ever! I love these characters together, and I can't wait to see more of them (please!).

Books of Beginning, John Stephens
A must-have for younger readers. I'd read the first book (THE EMERALD ATLAS) a few years ago, and THE FIRE CHRONICLE definitely takes it up a notch or twelve in terms of action and emotional stakes. Love it!

Steelheart, Brandon Sanderson
If I knew a teenage boy, this is the book I'd give him for Christmas. It's angsty, dystopian and action-packed in the best way, with a fun hero and a great twist ending.

Rick Riordan
I am waiting, WAITING, until my nephews are old enough to read Rick Riordan. Doesn't matter if it's PERCY JACKSON or the KANE CHRONICLES. Pick a book...any book...and it'll be a winner. (Oh, wait, I was supposed to only talk about stuff I'd read this year. Well, that's THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS then. Make a note,)

Got any children’s book recs?

My office is collecting children’s books to donate to our local community health center. I already know a few titles I want to give (RAINBOW FISH! WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE!). What else should I check out?


  1. Children's books? Ooh! Here's some ideas:

    The Gruffalo (and just about every other book Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have made)
    Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus by Mo Willems
    This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
    Traction Man by Mini Grey
    Angry Arthur by Satoshi Kitamura

    ...I could be here all day :P

    1. Ahh yesss!! That's an awesome list. Thank you!

  2. Crap, I don't have children, so no idea. Beverly Stowe McClure is an author friend and she writers children's books and middle grade I believe.

    1. Haha, no worries, Alex. And that's so great that your friend writes children's books and MG. I'll have to take a look.