I did a lot of reading this year, and a lot of it was pretty random – plays, memoirs, cookbooks, etc. Here are some of the books that entertained and stayed with me even after I finished the final page.
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
Pembrook Park, a Jane Austen themed park, is not the relaxing escape Charlotte Kinder had in mind, but that’s OK since this fun read is inspired by Northanger Abbey.
The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
The world is going to be hit by an asteroid but that doesn’t mean Detective Hank Palace stops investigating crimes.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone Laini Taylor
Monsters. Magic. A girl with blue hair. Karou discovers a terrible secret with deadly results.
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
Through fate and intelligence, a minor German princess becomes empress of Russia.
The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer
Brother and sister, Prudence and Robin, are masters of disguise, but their new roles create problems when Robin falls in love with a girl who thinks he is a woman and Prudence who falls in love with a man who thinks she is a boy.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Ursula Todd is born. She lives a little bit. She dies. Then, she gets a chance to do it all over again. (See my full review here.)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home and is pulled back into his youthful memories of fear and magic.