Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Reading Roundup I - Some Favorite Books for Adults from 2011

Books make great Christmas gifts, so if you're thinking of buying books for Christmas, here's a list of some books I've read this year. This list is for books for adults. I'll post my suggestions for children's and young adult books in the next week. You can find my complete reviews of most of these books on

ON CANAAN’S SIDE by Sebastian Barry is an elegantly written, touching story of love and loss, sorrow and joy, secrets and surprises.

KILLING LINCOLN: THE SHOCKING ASSASSINATION THAT CHANGED AMERICA FOREVER by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard is a suspenseful historical narrative that chronicles events that changed America.

THE PRIEST’S GRAVEYARD by Ted Dekker is a fast-paced thriller that doesn’t shy away from dark and bloody scenes, while at the same time being surprisingly tender.

THE LOST SUMMER OF LOUISA MAE ALCOTT by Kelly O’Connor McNees imagines the summer of 1855, a summer that would change the course of Louisa Mae Alcott’s writing career.

THE MAID: A NOVEL OF JOAN OF ARC by Kimberly Cutter is written with vivid details and lovely prose, portraying the range of emotions of Jehanne (Joan of Arc), an uneducated peasant teenage girl who struggles with the destiny she must fulfill.


  1. Donna, thanks for this list - I'll be writing up a similar post soon, too. :) I have THE MAID on my TBR list - glad to hear you enjoyed it. :)

  2. Thanks, Donna. I've not read any of those books, but they sound interesting.

  3. Hi Madeline,
    I think you'll enjoy THE MAID.

    Hi Janet,
    Thanks for stopping by.


  4. There are a couple on this list I'm going to check out. Thanks!

  5. Thanks Donna! I love it when people suggest books for reading and/or gift buying. My husband bought Killing Lincoln and read it nearly non-stop and for him, well I never see him read a book.

  6. I purchased The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott after the author spoke at one of our SW meetings. I loved the story and highly recommend it!

    Critter Alley

  7. KILLING LINCOLN sounds like something that would tickle my fancy. I lean toward nonfiction.

  8. I don't claim to be a student of History, which is why it surprised me by keeping my attention! It gives the reader a glimpse of post Civil War temperment and timeline.


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