It's Christmas Eve and I'm sure a lot of you are ticking down the last minutes till the end of the workday or some may have started their holidays already! Perhaps you're traveling to see loved ones or staying put and welcoming guests into your home. Or better yet, perhaps you've got time off to snuggle under cozy blankets and catch up on some great reads.
If the latter is in your near future, here are a few books that made the top of my list this year. Not all YA but sure to knock your socks off.
ROOM by Emily Donoghue
I watched the movie, then quickly ordered the book. Word of advice if you happen to watch and read in that order: if you are a sleep deprived mother at one of those schmancy theatres where they let you drink win at your seat, WARNING! Your eyes will become overflowing reservoirs of salty liquid for TWO HOURS!
EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng
Reading Ng's debut is like listening to Adele for the first time. I know, that's a mighty comparison but you don't make it to the top of Amazon's list of 100 Best Books in 2014 because you're average. Ng's story is about characters that love and live and make you want to hug your child.
I think I'm noticing a trend here?
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah
A story of two sisters during WWII who couldn't be more different. The author makes writing strong female characters seem easy - but that's because she does it so well. If you're looking for a study in conflict, this is the book.
Two non fiction books also made my list.
YEAR OF YES by Shonda Rhimes
Shonda, Shonda, Shonda. As blogmate Lauren mentioned, I recommend audio booking this one because Rhimes' voice is like butter and she invites you to drink wine with her. A glass of wine in one hand and Rhimes' voice dancing in your ear and singing words of wisdom (or drink more wine). It's a fabulous treat.
Apparently wine is another trend in my life.
JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson
Real, intense. We take a journey with the author as he battles the broken system that is death row. Hooked by the first page.
PAPER TOWNS by John Green
An oldie but a goodie. My YA pick for the year. It's young, it's fun and if you finish the book, you can pick up the movie and compare.
What were your picks of the year?