Monday, May 24, 2010

Question of the Day

As the sixth month mark approaches, I am curious to know:

Of all the books you have read so far this year, what is your favorite?

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  1. I haven't read anything fantastic yet. I've read several decent books, but something that made me go, "wow", nope, haven't been there yet.

    But I expect that to end when I get my copy of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's tomorrow.

  2. Great question! I reread a fantastic book recently: THE SPARROW, by Mary Doria Russell. But the best first-time-read for me would have to be REMARKABLE CREATURES, by Tracy Chevalier - I loved that book!

  3. Oh my. I've not had an exceptional reading year so far. Last year by this time, I'd read so many good books, but this year...not so much.

  4.'s hard to choose between several. Probably the best book overall I've read this year was my recent one, CUTTING FOR STONE.

    However, the best mystery I've read this year was THE CROSSING PLACES.

  5. I'm going to have to agree with Kay, Cutting for Stone has been my favourite read thus far and I expect it to be one of my favourites for the whole year.

  6. Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein was fantastic.

  7. Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary - a lovely wistful book that I won't forget. Probably a serious contender for best of year.

  8. The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald. It's the story of a man who was a 1950's "practice baby".
    Great writing, great story, great characters.
    -Helen Ellis

  9. I've had 8 books that I gave a 4.5/5 when I read them. I'll pick Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson as the best of those.

    I seldom give a book 5/5 when I read it, that mark has to come upon reflection.

  10. So far, my best read has been The Lunatic, The Lover, and The Poet.

  11. It is tough to choose between the 4 books that have so far been 'best of the month,' but if I had to I would defnitely say "The Weight of Heaven" by Thrity Umrigar, with honorable mention to "The House of Tomorrow" by Peter Borgnanni.

  12. The biggest surprise for me so far was a YA book - me, a diehard historical fiction fan.

    TUCK EVERLASTING is a quick, beautiful, thought-provoking read.

  13. I loved The Queen of Palmyra and Let the Great World Spin. Either of them could be considered a fave at this point.

  14. For 2010 so far my favorite has been The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

  15. Secret Summer of Louisa May Alcott
    Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte
    Almost Perfect
    Secret History of the Pink Carnation
    Sounds Like Crazy
    The Hunger Games
    Pull of the Moon
    Out of My Mind
    South of Broad
    On Folly Beach

    Too many????

  16. Dan Brown - The Lost Symbol, with out a doubt. Not for the story but for the content. The story is typical Dan Brown but the information the book contains is life changing!

  17. Tough question - it looks like I've been having a good year, and picking just one favorite is always hard for me. The fact that my only five-star review was a re-read (The Sparrow) makes it more complicated, too! So here goes:

    Favorite fiction: The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, by Kelly O'Connor McNees

    Favorite nonfiction: Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, by Susan Jane Gilman

    Great question, Wendy - thanks for asking! The responses are interesting.

  18. Definitely Cutting for Stone. Awesome book!!!

  19. Can't choose between these four:

    The Passage by Justin Cronin

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

    The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

    Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie, & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood by Jane Yolen

    It's been a really good year so far!

  20. In Harm's Way by Irene Hannon
    The audio version of The Guernsey Liteary and Potato Peel Society. I really want to read the Help because so many people love it and I listened to the first three cds of the audio book. :)

  21. This is a great question! My favorites so far:

    When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

    Fences by August Wilson

  22. Great question, but oh so hard to choose, LOL.

    Here's a few of my favourites:

    Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
    Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster
    On Folly Beach by Karen White
    Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
    Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
    The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

  23. Hmmm...Surprisingly my favorite so far has been MATTERHORN by Karl Marlantes.

    Life by Candlelight

  24. The Island at the End of the World by Sam Taylor!

  25. I have read so many great books this year and it has to be Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. Even though Paper Towns by John Green is also high up there!

  26. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I also loved:
    Testimony by Anita Shreve (you have to do it in audio), the Boneman's Daughters by Ted Dekker and The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian (funny book)

  27. Sooo hard to choose since I've read much better books this year than last (thank goodness). I'll go with...The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan. I just bought the second in the series over the weekend and can't wait to get to it.

  28. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers. I'll be pleasantly surprise if something else ends up knocking it off #1!

  29. Fiction: The Hunger Games/Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

    Non-Fiction: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


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