Blogger's Note: With Christmas just around the corner, there's still plenty of time to ask Santa for a few new reads under your tree. Rather than share 12 writing tips (like in 2011 and 2012) or some favorite writers (like last year), this year we are sharing 12 notable (and potentially Christmas list-worthy) books from the past year. I have enlisted the help of my good friend (and voracious reader) Whitney to create this list. Enjoy the 12 Days of Reading.
12 Days of Reading 2014
In addition to these 12 noteworthy reads of 2014, there were several more stories we loved and wanted to share. Unfortunately we weren't able to find a way to turn 12 into 20 (the official 'calendar people' could not be persuaded) and in most (okay, all) cases we just ran out of reading time. Still, we felt these books deserve to be paid homage, so we are adding them to our Honorary 12 Days of Reading Bonus List.
Honorary 12 Days of Reading Bonus List
1. Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Edited by Pamela Smith Hill - The autobiography originally written by LIW before the rest of the series, this offers a more grown-up look at what happened on the prairie. The only reason this book didn't make the main list is because demand is so high for this book, our copies haven't arrived yet. Whitney and I can't wait to finally sink our teeth into this read.
2. Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella - This is the continuation of the many adventures of Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood). If only there was more time in a year.
3. The Collector by Nora Roberts - Again, I (Laura) ran out of time to read this one, but I have an audio copy ready to go during my upcoming vacation days. Huzzah.
4. How Do You Know? by Meredith Schorr - I'm a big fan of Meredith's and I can't wait to dig into her latest book. It's ready and cued up on my Kindle for imminent reading.
5. One Plus One by JoJo Moyes - Love her, can't wait to read the latest! If you haven't read Me Before You, do it now. Then be prepared to read every other book she's every written, including One Plus One.
6. Driving with the Top Down by Elizabeth Harbison - Why do all of my library requests come at the same time. Will make this one a priority before it's due.
7. Tempting Fate by Jane Green - Lately I have loved Jane Green's books and look forward to this one just based on the plot alone.
8. Catching Air by Sarah Pekkanen - If I didn't go to bed at 9:00 p.m. this one might be finished, but I am liking what I've read so far...
Thanks for joining us this holiday season as we counted down our favorite reads. From both of us, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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