Picture Book Picks: Not Just for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day!

In the last few months, we’ve had celebrations for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. While I do love reading themed/holiday picture books on and for specific dates, I must say I do enjoy reading picture books on all subjects throughout the year…(even more so now that I have a three year old who loves to have Halloween-themed books read aloud all the time!). Picture books that celebrate parents, grandparents, family members and families in general, are always welcome, I think. Here, I’m sharing some of my picks (picture books and board books) that can be appreciated any time of the year:

 
Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley
Made for Me by Zack Bush, illus. by Gregorio De Lauretis*
Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad by Liz Climo
Wish by Matthew Cordell
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Little Elliot, Big Family by Mike Curato
Little Cub by Olivier Dunrea
My New Mom and Me by Renata Galindo
Baby Penguins Love Their Mama! by Melissa Guion
Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
Mother Bruce (Bruce #1) by Ryan T. Higgins
The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee, illus. Eliza Wheeler
My Dad Used to Be So Cool by Keith Negley
A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary, illus. Qin Leng
Where You Came From by Sara O’Leary, illus. Julie Morstad
The Mommy Book by Todd Parr
Harris Finds His Feet by Catherine Rayner
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, illus. Henry Cole
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam Schiffer, illus. Holly Clifton-Brown
Town is By the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, illus. Sydney Smith
David Gets In Trouble by David Shannon
One Family by George Shannon, illus. Blanca Gomez
Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein
Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein
You and Me, Me and You by Miguel Tanco*
Pete With No Pants by Rowboat Watkins
Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms by Robert Paul Weston, illus. Misa Saburi
A Bedtime Yarn by Nicola Winstanley, illus. by Olivia Chin Mueller**

Board Books:
Edgar Gets Ready for Bed by Jennifer Adams, illus. Ron Stucki
My Mommy (Peppa Pig) by Neville Astley
Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins
My Dad is Amazing! by Sabrina Moyle, illus. Eunice Moyle
My Mom is Magical! by Sabrina Moyle, illus. Eunice Moyle
Little You by Richard Van Camp, illus. Julie Flett
We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp, illus. Julie Flett
We Belong Together by Joyce Wan

*Titles were sent in for review consideration courtesy of Raincoast Books. Thank you! Inclusion on this list, opinions and comments are my own.
**Title was sent in for review consideration courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada. Thank you! Inclusion on this list, opinions and comments are my own.

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Picture Book Picks: Perfect for Summer!

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From classics to new titles, here- in no particular order- are some of my picture book picks for summer:

 

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Rules for Summer by Shaun Tan
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan
Flotsam by David Wiesner
Wave by Suzy Lee
Fred and Pete at the Beach by Cynthia Nugent
Harry by the Sea by Gene Zion
Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko, illus. Tim Miller
Oi Frog! by Kes Gray, illus. Jim Field
The Specific Ocean by Kyo Maclear, illus. Katty Maurey
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
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Land Shark by Beth Ferry, illus. Beth Mantle
Out of the Blue by Alison Jay
Quackers by Liz Wong
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Stella, Star of the Sea by Marie-Louise Gay
This Is Sadie by Sara O’Leary, illus. Julie Morstad
Secret Tree Fort by Brianne Farley
The Night Gardener by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
Emily’s Balloon by Komako Sakai
Pool by JiHyeon Lee
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I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead
Where Are My Books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John C. Birmingham
The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water by Gemma Merino
Pig Kahuna by Jennifer Sattler
Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas
Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Melanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Melanie Watt
Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, illus. Erin E. Stead

You can find more of my seasonal and ‘best-of’ book lists on this page!

Stand-Out Reads of 2016, So Far…(Part 1)

As we are just over the halfway mark of the year, I thought now would be a good time to look back over the stand-out reads of the year, so far…

For part one, I am taking a look at three big categories: children’s fiction, young adult fiction, and adult fiction. The titles picked here are the reads that have surprised, delighted, impressed, or ones that I feel have done something innovative and fresh. In no particular order, here are my picks:

In Children’s Fiction:

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
Avenging the Owl by Melissa Hart
Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend
The Ministry of Ghosts by Alex Shearer
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
Completely Cassidy series by Tamsyn Murray
The Summer We Saved the Bees by Robin Stevenson
Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan
Royal Wedding Disaster (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess #2) by Meg Cabot
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

In YA:

Flannery by Lisa Moore
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee
With Malice by Eileen Cook
Dan Versus Nature by Don Calame
Boys Don’t Knit series by T.S. Easton
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Into the Dim (Into the Dim #1) by Janet B. Taylor
The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand
The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace #1) by Erin Bow

In Adult Fiction:

My Last Continent by Midge Raymond
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
Killing Trail (A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery) by Margaret Mizushima
Eligible (The Austen Project #4) by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Widow by Fiona Barton

 

Picture Book Picks: Spring & Other Nice Things

When I think about picture books for springtime, I often think of changing seasons, flowers blooming, sunshine…and lots and lots of cute animals. Here is a list of some of my top picks for spring-ready picture books. From classics to new titles, from whales to wombats, here- in no particular order- are my picks:

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If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, illus. Erin E. Stead
Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson, illus. Jane Chapman
Daisy and the Egg by Jane Simmons
Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
Petunia by Roger Duvoisin
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
A Leaf Can Be… by  Laura Purdie Salas, illus. Violeta Dabija
The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, illus. David Small
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming, illus. G. Brian Karas
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
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The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Bunnies!!! by Kevan Atteberry
Peggy by Anna Walker
Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee
Noni the Pony by Alison Lester
Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein
A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid
Gossie by Olivier Dunrea
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw, illus. Margot Apple
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
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Five Little Chicks by Nancy Tafuri
Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus. Peter H. Reynolds
Oink-a-Doodle-Moo by Jef Czekaj
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, illus. Anita Jeram
Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
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UnderGROUND by Denise Fleming
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illus. Betsy Lewin
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Enormous Turnip by Kathy Parkinson (though there are many editions of this folktale!)
Diary of a BABY Wombat by Jackie French, illus. Bruce Whatley
Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly by Mo Willems
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na
Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth, illus. Jane Porter
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Spring Is Here by Will Hillenbrand
Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Where Is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin
The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

 

You can take a look at my Book Lists for more themed picture book ideas!

Picture Book Picks: Friendship, Love & Kindness

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Picture books about friendship, love and kindness are, I think, always welcome! We get a lot of questions at our library regarding the aforementioned themes, and I’ve slowly been cultivating my list of favourites over the a number of years.

Here, in no particular order, are my favourite picture books about love and friendship. (…This list could also come in handy for any Valentine’s Day themed storytimes…!)

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Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus. Peter H. Reynolds
Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus. Scott Magoon
Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman
Chick ‘n’ Pug by Jennifer Sattler
Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. E.B. Lewis
Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson, illus. Jane Chapman
Gossie and Gertie by Olivier Dunrea
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The Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner
A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy
Oliver by Birgitta Sif
Henry in Love by Peter McCarty
I’m Not. by Pam Smallcomb, illus. Robery Weinstock
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, illus. Jon J. Muth
Boy & Bot by Amy Dyckman, illus. Dan Yaccarino
Friends by Eric Carle
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson, illus. Tara Calahan King
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Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
Jennifer Jones Won’t Leave Me Alone by Frieda Wishinsky, illus. Neal Layton
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illus. Erin E. Stead
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
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A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, illus. Anita Jeram
Very Special Friends by Jane Chapman
Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee
A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead
My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
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Harris Finds His Feet by Catherine Rayner
Forever Friends by Carin Berger
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, illus. Patrick Benson
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, illus. Ruth E. Harper, illus. Nancy M. Leak
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Melanie Watt
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems
Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! by Mo Willems
You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown

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Encore! Picture Book Picks: Storytime Favourites

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A read aloud can make or break the success of a storytime. I’ve had those storytimes where, just a few lines into a picture book I can tell it’s going to be a clunker with the kids. The sweating begins, the voice becomes uncertain and it…doesn’t…go….well…and you’re dying a slow death on stage. But when a read aloud goes well- the kids are enchanted, engaged, and excited? YESYESYES.

Here, in no particular order, are picture books I have personally used during toddler and preschool (and up) storytimes that have become my Most Valuable Players. Some authors appear multiple times, some are classics, some are new, and some are just pure fun:

I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illus. Jon Klassen
Look, Look Again by Agnese Baruzzi (board book)
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Stanley’s Diner by William Bee
Stanley’s Garage by William Bee (any of the ‘Stanley’ books!)
Blown Away by Rob Biddulph
Everyone Is Yawning by Anita Bijsterbosch
I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabey
I’m Bored by Micheal Ian Black, illus. Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Shapes, Reshape!: A Minibombo Book by Silvia Borando
Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite by Nick Bromley, illus. Nicola O’Byrne
Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. Clement Hurd
This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (one of my favourite felt stories!)
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (a favourite felt story as well!)
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Arctic Animals by Tad Carpenter (board book)
There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins
Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins
Oink-a-Doodle-Moo by Jef Czekaj

Dragon Was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. Greg Pizzoli
What Pet to Get? by Emma Dodd
One Day, the End.: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illus. Fred Koehler
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illus. Zachariah OHora

Olivia by Ian Falconer (and other Olivia titles)
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Barnacle is Bored by Jonathan Fenske
We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers by Julie Flett (board book)
Box by Min Flyte
Thank You Bear by Greg E. Foley
Don’t Worry Bear by Greg E. Foley
The Cat’s Pyjamas by Catherine Foreman
Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox, illus. Judy Horacek 

Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching by Laura Gehl, illus. by Joyce Wan
I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs (any of the ‘I Spy’ series)
Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz, illus. Eda Kaban
Cat Knit by Jacob Grant

Who’s Hungry? by Dean Hacohen, illus. Sherry Scharschmidt
Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper
Bernice Gets Carried Away by Hannah E. Harrison
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Butterfly, Butterfly: A Book of Colors by Petr Horacek
The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horacek
Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
Goodnight Already! by Jory John, illus. Benji Davies
I Love You Already! by Jory John, illus. Benji Davies
Penguin Problems by Jory John, illus. Lane Smith

Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier, illus. Suzy Lee
Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth, illus. Jane Porter

The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers
Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt, illus. Shahar Kober
I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt, illus. Scott Magoon
Please, Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt, illus. Matthew Forsythe
Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt, illus. Matthew Forsythe
Noni the Pony by Alison Lester
Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin

The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear, illus. Chris Turnham
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr., illus. Eric Carle (classic felt story)
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell
1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book by Juana Medina
The Cow Who Climbed a Tree by Gemma Merino
The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water by Gemma Merino
Night Animals by Gianna Merino
Too Tall Houses by Gemma Merino
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer

A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, illus. Felicia Bond (terrific as a felt story as well)

Use Your Imagination by Nicola O’Byrne

Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow by Sharon Gibson Palermo, illus. Christina Song
I Don’t Want to be a Frog by Dev Petty, illus. Mike Boldt
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli
The Baby That Roared by Simon Puttock, illus. Nadia Shireen

Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit by Catherine Rayner
Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda
Bunny Slopes by Claudia Reuda
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illus. Peter Brown

Sylvie by Jennifer Gordon Sattler
There Are Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry (great felt story as well)
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (even more fun as a felt story!)
Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone, illus. Michael J. Smollin

Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor, illus. Jean Jullien
Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
The Doghouse by Jan Thomas
What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas (yes, pretty much any of Thomas’ books!)
Press Here by Herve Tullet

If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki VanSickle, illus. Cale Atkinson
Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere
Max the Brave by Ed Vere

Noisy Touch and Feel: Cow Says Moo by Libby Walden, illus. Amanda Enright (board book)
The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan
That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! by Mo Willems
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems (any Pigeon book, really!)
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, illus. Jane Chapman (most of the Bear books work well!)
Quackers by Liz Wong
The Napping House by Audrey Wood, illus. Don Wood (also great as a felt story!)

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen, illus. Mark Teague

Note: I hope to update this list as my reading and storytimes continue.
Last edited: March, 2017

Best of 2014, Part 4: Picture Books

This collage of covers includes my picks for top picture book titles I read in 2014. Please note that some titles may have been published in previous years, but they were all new to me this year! In no particular order, here are my favourites:

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Best of 2014, Part 3: Humour

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While much of my 2014 reading from the humour genre came from rereads of my favourite comic strip collections, there were a few new standouts for me:

Tails Don’t Lie: A Decade of Dog Cartoons (70 in Dog Years) by Adrian Raeside I’ve long enjoyed Canadian cartoonist Raeside’s The Other Coast comic strip, along with his editorial cartoons. This was a terrific collection of his canine comics- genuinely funny and loving at the same time.

Breaking Stephan: A Pearls Before Swine Collection by Stephan Pastis Hullo, zeeba neighba! I missed the crocs. While I thought the previous Pearls collection- Rat’s Wars- was good, I thought Breaking Stephan was just great- fresher, sharper, more focused…and pee in the pants funny.

The Little World of Liz Climo by Liz Climo. You can read more about this wonderful find in my review, and take a look at some of Climo’s beautifully drawn work on her site.

Lunch Wore a Speedo: The Nineteenth Sherman’s Lagoon Collection by Jim Toomey Oh Sherman’s Lagoon, how I love you so! I have been a major (I’m talking major) fan of Toomey’s strip for over ten years now. I can’t get enough! I thought the last few collections- and running gags- weren’t as up to par, but this one one was a real treat- crisp jokes, belly-laugh inducing.

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*Note: These are titles I have read in 2014; titles may have been published in previous years. Rereads are not included on this list.

Best of 2014, Part 2: Children’s Fiction and Young Adult

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My picks for top 5 children’s and top 5 YA fiction I read this year:

Murder Most Unladylike (Wells and Wong #1) by Robin Stevens

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl #3) by Ben Hatke

Now Look What You’ve Done (Timmy Failure #2) by Stephen Pastis

We Meet Again (Timmy Failure #3) by Stephan Pastis

Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus (Origami Yoda #6) by Tom Angleberger

The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing by C.K. Kelly Martin

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

 

*Note: These are titles I have read in 2014; titles may have been published in previous years. Rereads are not included on this list.

Best of 2014, Part 1: Adult Fiction

With the end of my old review site and start-up of this one- along with major LIFE changes- this has been a hectic year to say the least!

2014 has been a slightly strange reading year: a few reading slumps, more rereads than before, and not as much YA read as usual. I feel as though I have become harder on books (especially YA!)- so that definitely changed how I approached genres this year. For 2015 I would like to push myself more- sink my teeth into more classics (in children’s, YA and adult), finish up waiting series, and expand my comfort levels a bit with adult fiction.

With that preamble out of the way, let’s get on my picks for top adult fiction titles I read this past year:

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Road Ends by Mary Lawson

While I very much enjoyed Lawson’s breakout novel Crow Lake, I absolutely loved Road Ends. I was completely swept up in this often sorrowful, moving, and lovely Canadian story- told from three members of the vast Cartwright family. So much beautiful writing in this one, I just wanted to savor everything. I startled in sadness when I turned the last page.

Big Little Lies AND The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

I’ve become a big fan of Moriarty! In a way that reminds me of J.K. Rowling’s ability to interweave and plot with amazing precision, Moriarty keeps surprising me with her contemporary and suspenseful writing. Big Little Lies in particular kept me guessing right until THE moment of reveal.

A Grave Matter (Lady Darby Mystery #3) by Anna Lee Huber

My adoration for this historical mystery series in unabashed. With a great blend of: likable and intriguing main characters; a strong female protagonist; chilling mysteries; and a slow-burning tender romance, I think this third offering in the Lady Darby mystery series is the best one yet.

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by Robert Galbraith

I am also a big fan of Rowling’s Cormoran Strike novels. While I have mentioned previously that I was not as wholly taken with this as the first Strike novel (there was almost a lavish number of minor characters in this one)- it was still terrifically sharp- and yes, definitely darker and more gory.

 

*Note: These are titles I have read in 2014; titles may have been published in previous years. Rereads are not included on this list.