Countdown of my favorite books – part 1.

Instead of signing off for two weeks, I want to try something different. For the next two weeks I’ll post my book recommendations. Books from this past year that I really enjoyed, okay, loved!

Because the frantic Christmas countdown is on! And I still have Christmas cards to mail. Presents to wrap. Cookies to burn. Self imposed deadlines to meet. Squirrels to torment and scare off, I mean  feed with little special nut cakes. And of course sit on my duff and indulge in some eggnog by the fire.

So here are my first two picks.


I absolutely loved the beautiful writing, the mysterious story, and the relationship between the sisters.

And the new paperback cover:

BECOME by Ali Cross

When I saw the cover I knew I wanted to read it. I never know when I read a self published book what it’s going to be like. But this one was terrific. The writing. The story. The characters. Worth reading.

Know that I’ll be reading your blogs this next week but most likely won’t be commenting! Feel free to leave your book recs in the comments all week!

Hope you are all farther ahead in your Christmas prep than I am! Yikes!

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16 Responses to Countdown of my favorite books – part 1.

  1. Andrea December 19, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Good luck with getting it all done, Laura! I’ll be reading your book recs, even if I don’t comment.

  2. Natalie Aguirre December 19, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    That’s a great idea Laura. Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll check out your recommendations until Friday when I leave to spend time with family and will be offline.

  3. Creepy Query Girl December 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    I remember seeing imaginary girls everywhere for a bit. I think I even added it to my tbo list but never got around to it and yeay for Ali! So glad to hear her book is one of your favorites this year! I’ll have to check it out!

  4. terry lynn johnson December 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    I haven’t read either of these. Thanks for rec. Such a great idea doing a count down.

  5. Traci Kenworth December 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    I’ll have to look into these two books. Thanks, Laura!!

  6. Sheri Larsen December 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    Imaginary Girls is one of those I’ve yet to get my hands on. I really want to read it. Thanks for sharing these picks!

  7. Lydia Sharp December 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    This is a great idea!
    Imaginary Girls has been on my to-read list FOREVER. I need to bump it up. Thanks for reminding me!

  8. Susan Kaye Quinn December 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    I’m reading Become right now! It’s engrossing, and the conflict is tremendous – daughter of Satan with a hidden destiny. So, so good.

  9. Alex J. Cavanaugh December 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    Now that’s a great idea! And kudos to Ali.

  10. Donna K. Weaver December 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    Oh, good choices! A friend recently finished “Become” and loved it. I’ve got my copy but haven’t had a chance to start it yet.

  11. Karen Strong December 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    I *just* finished yesterday. But I still have to wrap them all. Oy! 🙂

    As you already know, I really loved IMAGINARY GIRLS, such a good book.

    And I’ve heard so many good things about Ali’s book. Plus, she’s a great blogger and all around nice person too.

  12. Laura Marcella December 19, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    I’m looking forward to your books posts! I’m always on the look-out for new reads. 🙂 Good luck with all your Christmas prep. Laura! I still have to wrap presents.

  13. Leigh Moore December 19, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    Oh, very cool that a self-pubbed book is so good. I have to snag a copy. And wow. Why would they ever change that gorgeous cover on Imaginary Girls? 😉

    Good luck w/all the Christmas stuff. I’m probably going to have to take next week off, too. Have a super holiday time~ :o) <3

  14. Tasha Seegmiller December 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    I have been wanting to read Imaginary Girls for the longest time. Moving it up the list…

  15. Alicia Gregoire December 19, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    The cover for become is gorgeous, but I *really* don’t need more books on that TBR right now.

  16. Leslie Rose December 20, 2011 at 4:49 am #

    Yay. You’re helping me spend my Amazon gift cards to feed my Kindle. I’ve always had Imaginary Girls on the back burner. Time to bring it forward. My best read of the year was BOOK THIEF. It’s been with me everyday since I read it.

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