I always write up my favorite YA books on my blog, so I'm going to give you a list that reflects the adult books I most loved this year -- though actually, I think older teenagers would probably like all of them, too.
You'll see I'm an eclectic reader, and also that I took it pretty EASY this year. I had way more writing to do than usual, so my reading was light, relaxing -- and fun city.
• The Gourmet Cookbook. I got this about a year and a half ago for my birthday and it is a stellar and fun-to-read cookbook. Recently I made an amazing cranberry coffee cake and awesome pimento cheese. It has recipes for everything.
• P.G. Wodehouse, Pigs Have Wings. This is a Blandings Castle story involving the Shropshire Fat Pigs competition and a lot of country house hijinks, written with Plum's inimitable style. I love to read Wodehouse before bed, as he sends me off to sleep feeling the world is a comical, jolly place.
• Janet Evanovich, first three in the Stephanie Plum series, One for the Money, etc. ON AUDIO. This last part is crucial. The actress is Lori Petty, and she only did the first three Plum books -- after that they switched to someone else. But Petty is perfect. So funny. So Jersey. These are great for a long car-ride or a stint at the gym.
• Mo Willems, You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons: The World on One Cartoon a Day. The author of Knufflebunny spent a chunk of his youth touring around and drawing amusing sketches of scenes he witnessed in Thailand, India, Japan, China, Israel, Turkey, and more. A fast and addictive read that's also full of astute observations.
• Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale. I love a good gothic country house story -- and this has bibliophilia, too! And weird twins!
• Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle. I re-read this, and it's just so lovely and wonderful and sad and joyful and funny.
• Matt Groenig, Will & Abe's Guide to the Universe. Heh heh heh.
Oh, and since it's the holiday season and people are buying gifts for the picture book set, here is what I've read over and over this year for the younger crowd -- good presents for people age 3-7 that will make grown-ups happy, too.
Meg Rosoff, Meet Wild Boars, illus. Sophie Blackall
Beverly D'Onofrio, Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary, illus. Barbara McClintock
LeUyen Pham, Big Sister, Little Sister
Amy Schwartz, The Glorious Day
E. then peeked at Rachel Cohn's list and added The Spell Book of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty to her own, calling it "AMAZING and wonderful." Now I'm craving pancakes again. Thanks, ladies.
Find out what others have read and loved this year.
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