It is time! I am pleased to announce the Great Thoughts’ Top Book of 2012!
Great Thoughts’ Top Book of 2012
Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck– I loved this book! It reads like fine literature. It is a coming of age story, a romance, a story of hardship and the story of the quirky but lovable Ernest Hemingway. My prediction is that Robuck is an author to watch as I expect more great books from her. Her next book, Call Me Zelda comes out in May. My full review is here. Penguin Group provided a review copy via Edelweiss. All opinions are my own.
On Thursday, we will formally announce Hemingway’s Girl as the first #Gr8books book club pick of 2013 with book giveaways.
The Top Books of 2012
The Top Books of 2012 (in alphabetical order as I couldn’t possibly rank them) are:
Come to the Edge by Christina Haag I adored this book and have re-read it twice since my first read. It just gets better and better. I also adore the author and now consider her a friend. This is the true story of Haag’s love with John F. Kennedy Jr. It is lyrical, magical, sad, happy and poignant, but never sensationalized. It is simply a beautiful book that leaves you aching and wishing things had ended differently. This was a #gr8books book club pick earlier in the year and everyone LOVED it! My full review is here. Random House provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
The Darlings by Cristina Alger Much has been written about the Madoff scandal. This novel is a fictional tale of a family like the Madoff’s. It is a page-turner, can’t put down novel and seems true. This book came out on February 16th and I finished it by February 17th- tell you anything? I look forward to future books by Alger as she weaves a tale in such a believable way. My full review is here.
The Elusive Mr. McCoy by Brenda Baker What a page turner this book is! I previously reviewed and liked Baker’s first book, Sisters of the Sari. This book couldn’t be more different and I loved it! It is a mystery, thriller and a story of female bonding during a very stressful situation. It is such a thriller that I will say no more other than read it ASAP! My full review is here. Penguin Group provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
I Couldn’t Love You More by Jillian Medoff The amazing uber-author Jennifer Weiner introduced me to Medoff and her book. Talk about high expectations going in! I finished this book and immediately wrote, “Move Over Jodi Picoult as Jillian Medoff is in the room.” It’s that good! A blended family, love, an old flame, adult sibling stuff, an accident, ramifications from the accident- the book has all of these- not to mention the outstanding layered story and the depth of character development. My full review is here. Hachette Book Group provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Last Summer by Holly Chamberlin I have long been a Chamberlin fan as she writes my very favorite beach books. This book, however, is her best as it tackles the very difficult topic of teen bullying. I truly think every parent of a tween/teen girl should read this book. Chamberlin does a masterful job of showing how easily a very nice girl from a very nice family with very involved parents can quickly become the victim of bullying. My full review is here. Kensington Publishing provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Monarch Beach by Anita Hughes I loved the book and now count this author as a close friend. I immediately dubbed Anita Hughes as the new Danielle Steele. She’s that good! And fortunately for us, Anita is a super fast writer. She has two books coming out in 2013 and is furiously writing more. It’s got heartbreak, romance, intergenerational relations, two moms, all spending a summer in a 5 star hotel on my favorite Monach Beach. Loved it! My full review is here. St Martin’s Press provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley All Great Thoughts’ faithful readers fell in love with Lucinda Riley last February when she wrote these two gems of guest posts- here and here. If you love Downton Abbey, you will love this book. It is set in England and Thailand during World War I and features the quintessential big old English manor with its associated gentry and servants. It is a wonderful book that you don’t want to end. My full review is here. And yes, we will have Lucinda back for more guest posts since she is a favorite here. Simon & Schuster provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Outside the Lines by Amy Hatvany Amy Hatvany is our first author to be featured two years in a row in Great Thoughts’ Top Books! Her books are just so perfectly written and I truly think her character development is the best on the market now. We featured Best Kept Secret in the #gr8books book club earlier this year and everyone raved about the book and the author. I am very hopeful that Outside the Lines will be made into a movie- it’s that good. It is so poignant- an adult daughter searching for her father who is a victim of mental illness. My full review is here. Simon and Schuster provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner We all wait impatiently for Weiner to publish and new novel and then read it in one sitting and have to wait again for another. This book proves yet again why she is the maestro of women’s fiction. Think Golden Girls combined with Hollywood, romance, personal struggles and that’s all you get as I refuse to spoil it! I LOVE that Weiner is so approachable- she always responds to tweets. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait long for her next one. My full review is here. engelman and co. provided a review copy of this book. All opinions and gushing are my own.
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani I love everything Trigiani writes but this is, by far, her best book yet. Readers of this site know that I love immigrant stories. I was touched when I read at the end that this book is the fictionalized story of Trigiani’s grandfather, a shoemaker, and her grandmother. A teen couple meets in the Italian Alps. The book follows them as their individual paths end up in America and they find each other again. It is an imperfect love story and thus, is totally believable. My full review is here. Harper Collins provided a electronic review copy of this book via Edelweiss. All opinions are my own.
Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon If you know a woman who is 40 ish married with kids, buy her this book immediately. It is laugh out loud funny. Think Bridget Jones Diary for the over 40 crowd. You will start the book and immediately fall in love with Alice Buckle, the protagonist. Gideon captures our lives beautifully. She had me at wanting to do eyelid pushups. This book BETTER become a movie- it’s that good! My full review is here. Random House provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
#Gr8Books Book Club Pick
Come back here this Thursday to enter to win copies of Hemingway’s Girl for our first 2013 book club.
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