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1. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay: One of my favorites!!! But I find that I don't talk about it enough and I don't even know why!! I think sometimes it's just SO special to me and it was a hard one to talk about how great it was...that I just don't.
2. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson: I LOVED this book (even gave it 5 stars) and it was one of the first books I read in 2014 and then I went on to have a great reading year with lots of 5 stars and new faves. I think it got lost when I talked about all my faves because I read it so early in the year that it wasn't as fresh and also I had books that impacted me a lot. But omg I will take this time to say READ ITTTT!
3. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager: I LOOOOVED this book and shouted all about it when I read it back in 2011. But it's been a while!!! Also, I think I didn't talk about this one as much after because it wasn't available in the US (at least at the time). It's worth ordering from Australia!
4. My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh: This was a wonderful coming of age story that I just couldn't put down. I devoured it in about a day and a half. I refused to go to work or eat until I had finished. It was that good. Yet, I feel like it never really got all of the love it deserved from me or from the critics. Please read!
5. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes: I read this a while back and I absolutely loved it. I loved the discussion about remodeling and all of the work that went into that home. I loved the discussion about food. I loved the discussion about learning and becoming a part of a new culture. I definitely need to re-read soon.
6. Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine: This was an interesting story about a boy whose parents die and he goes to live with his exotic, older half-sister. They have to figure out how to make their way in the world of New York City and it's a toss up over who really raises whom. But they love each other and make it work. Ugh. I need to re-read this one soon too...
7. East of Eden by John Steinbeck: Several summers ago I read this one for the first time and it was transformational. A wonderfully epic re-telling of Cain and Abel. Full of grand sweeping descriptions of the landscape that only John Steinbeck can pull off. Fun fact--At the time of my first reading, Jamie and I totally fangirled over this novel. :)
8. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffennegger: This is one of the few books that I have loved and read again and still loved. It brings me to tears each time I read it. It just is so good to me, way better than the movie. I haven't read it in at least 5 years. I think it is time for me to break this puppy out again!
9. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (review): This is another book that I ripped through and just fell in love with. I studied abroad in China so I feel sort of connected to their culture in a way, but this book really transported me back in time to a time where women only really had each other to rely on and were not in control of their own destinies. But despite that distance of time and culture, you can relate to Snow Flower and Lily in so many ways.
10. The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy: I just had to include this one. I was introduced to this book in high school in my Classic and Modern Novels class (best high school class ever. Literally we sat in our seats and read the entire period). This was a wonderful coming of age story and a story about some great friendships. The characters really jumped off the page at me and I was so invested in their lives. This is the only Conroy book that I have read, and I have been meaning to revisit it as well as his other novels. I was so sad to learn that he had passed. His work will always hold a special place in my heart.
What books have you not talked about in a while or enough but SUPER love? Tell us!!