Happy Holidays! I hope you’ve had a great year. In our busy lives, reading time is always precious. This year, the hours that I’ve spent in skilled authors’ worlds have meant even more, as our own world has been tempestuous. I want to share some of my favorite reads from this past year with you. They’re great to curl up with on a winter night, and/or give as holiday gifts.
– The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Lui
I highly recommend these fifteen evocative short stories and novellas! Lui touches on the history of immigrants, survivors of war, and technological advances “while invoking the magical within the mundane in profound and moving ways.” Even if you don’t read fantasy, you’ll want to read these clever stories, rich in very real emotions.
– Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy
I have recommended this one before. Mystery readers and fans of intense family drama will love this layered story about a Kentucky family haunted by the past.
– The Body Next Door by Gay Yellen
Gay Yellen always tells a great story. Her compelling plots are enhanced by memorable characters. And, damn, can she write about food. Reviewers call this book “a heartfelt, funny novel of suspense and romance, with a dead body thrown in.” This suspenseful, well-crafted novel is a wonderful read for a snowy day.
– A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
Fans of the Gamache series will enjoy this clever tale of an always fascinating character. Described in reviews as artful, powerful, magical, splendid, and moving.
– The End of Temperance Dare by Wendy Webb
I loved this mystery novel with spectral elements, a creepy, Gothic setting, and its likable protagonist. Don’t let the supernatural elements give you pause, Webb is a great writer and all the components come together in her deft hands.
Thank you for following my blog this past year and I hope you enjoy these reading suggestions.