Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Best of 2013 - A Look Back

2013 has been a great year for reading!  We've reviewed many, loved some, and have all added more books to our shelves than we could possibly read in a year ... and yet we're still adding more!

Here are some of the favorites we've added this year - in no particular order.

Review here.  I got completely lost in Goodwin's amazing in-depth biography of Lincoln.

There's nothing like a good mystery to get your blood pumping on a rainy night, and no one can write a mystery like Agatha Christie!  Review here.

Hilarious and poignant, we're coming to expect great things from Markus Zusak!  Review here.

A multi-generational tear-jerker ... whether you like spiders or not.  It's a classic for a reason!  Review here.

This one may not be a literary work of art, but it has a special place in my heart.  Review here.

We're always on the lookout for a great series to recommend to our younger readers.  Review found here.

Families come in all shapes, sizes, and makeups. Heather fell in love with this perfect portrayal! Review here.

This is a life-changing book for introverts everywhere.  Definitely a must-read, with the review found here.

This amazing novel has taken the book world by storm - with good reason.  Review here.

The Giver has been given the perfect conclusion.  Read Kari's review here.

Dubbed a "short story that just wouldn't stop growing" by the author, this is definitely not one to miss!  Review here.

Kari found her teaching kindred spirit in the author of this book - review here.

This is the kind of book you can read in a hammock on an afternoon, but the characters stick around for days!  Review here.

From the author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, this is another quiet novel full of heart that packs quite an emotional punch.  Read Heather's review here.

The only problem my son had with this book was putting it down - it's even inspired him to host a Mad Science birthday party next month!  (HELP!!)  Review here.

This is a great book to remind you how special you really are.  Read our review here.

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