Here we are at the favorite fiction reads of 2011!
First, The Coolest Book Cover of the Year Award goes to....
I just thought this was marketing genius - a blank white cover with this colorful crayon - I mean, you couldn't help but pick it up and try to figure out what in the world this room was all about! The room is a small shed, actually, where a little boy and his mom are being held captive. He was born in "room" and he doesn't know anything else - no trees, no lakes, no sky - it's creepy and fascinating at the same time.
One of my surprise finds this past year - Sky Blue by Travis Thrasher. A great mystery about a man trying to find his wife when she disappears during their honeymoon. Thrasher has written many Christian fiction books in his career -- check out his new ones for teenagers as well, like Solitary and Gravestone.
Have I mentioned T. Greenwood lately? I would read her grocery list if I could. Her next book Grace comes out at the end of March this year. Check out her website for cool book trailers of these two books I have above.
Favorite new author? Tom McNeal.
This book consumed me for awhile. You can view the book trailer here at the bottom of the page. I hope to read more of his work this year. It's a love story, but more a story about figuring out who you are and the tiny choices that create a life.
Other fiction I devoured this year:
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
When She Woke by Hilary Jordan (a modern take on The Scarlet Letter!)
Rescue by Anita Shreve
I Gave My Heart to Know This by Ellen Baker
Lots of books by Kristen Hannah - She's like potato chips, you can't read just one...
Stay tuned! The third and final installment of Favorite Books 2011 is next and it's full of great non-fiction. It's a doozy!