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10 Favorite Books

These are books that inspire me, are thought-provoking, that entertain and entrance. In no particular order, my top 10 favorites that I’ve read in 2018 are:

Photo by Laura Kapfer

Photo by Laura Kapfer

  1. In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen: A World War II story in Britain and the death of a man whose parachute doesn’t open against the backdrop of the blitzes of London, war time deprivations, and evacuations.

  2. Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans: The author’s return to a life of faith as an exvangelistic Christian.

  3. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: a World War I story about an aristocrat on house arrest in his hotel room, the politics of his time and the varied people he meets.

  4. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: A World War II story of three young people—a young Polish woman, a Lithuanian nurse, a Konigsberg artist—fleeing as the Red Army marches through East Prussia.

  5. Perception by Terri Fleming: A story of the Bennett’s middle daughter, Mary, from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

  6. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson: A story of a young woman and the events that separated her from her four best childhood friends.

  7. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: An eccentric artist and her young daughter move into a respectable neighborhood and four children of an upstanding couple become friends with them.

  8. Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper: Written by a former Merriam-Webster associate editor, a wonderful peek behind the scenes about creating and updating the dictionary and the fascination of words in the English language.

  9. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill: Villagers sacrifice babies to a appease a witch who lives in the woods nearby. The witch accidentally feeds one baby from the magic of the moon.

  10. Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones: A young girl, whose father is a bigamist, and the effect of living as a secret child on her life.

What are your top 10 favorite reads from 2018?