1. 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (epistolary/memoir) - New Yorker Helene's correspondence with employees of a bookstore in London is charming because of both the friendships it spawned and the gigantic heart of the writer, who sent care packages to employees until post-WWII rationing ended.
2. I Choose to Be Happy by Missy Jenkins (memoir) - The true story of a school-shooting victim's faith and how she was able to forgive her shooter and turn her bad experience into opportunity to help others.
3. We're In This Boat Together by C. Bishop (business/part fiction) - A fictional account of how the 4 generations in our current workforce might interact during a time of crisis with specific examples of companies that weathered major changes in leadership.
4. A Civil General by Stinebeck & Gill (historical fiction) - The story of George Henry Thomas, a Virginian who chose to fight for the federal army in the Civil War and became a great leader who was trusted by his men yet scorned by his superiors.
5. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (children's) - My friend Melissa calls this, "The cross-dressing bunny book". Silly Melissa. A sweet story of how an arrogant little toy learns how to love.
6. Flight, Vol. 1 (Graphic novel/anthology) - An anthology of tales, each of which somehow involve flight. How I felt about each depended on the artwork and storylines. A rather wildly diverse anthology but overall I enjoyed it.
7. Daylight Runner by Oisin McGann (YA) - A dystopian tale about a teenager living in a futuristic ice age, inside a domed city in a hollowed-out volcano. Taut action, dark & violent. Excellent storytelling.
8. Austenland by Shannon Hale (Chick Lit?) - A young woman's experience stepping inside the world of Jane Austen for a 3-week vacation. Loads of fun.
9. Alpine Americas by Olaf Soot & Don Mellor (coffee table/mountaineering) - Beautiful photos taken in remote places combined with poetic text about the mountains, the climbing conditions and the experience of mountaineering in these ranges. The word "awesome" comes to mind.
10. Recovering Me, Discovering Joy - Vivian Eisenecher (self-improvement) - The author shares her thoughts about recovering from alchoholism, depression and social anxiety from a Christian perspective. Not for me, but probably terrific for those who are battle alcoholism.
11. Never Say Diet by Chantel Hobbs (self-improvement) - The author's story about how she lost nearly 200 pounds and kept it off, with advice for how others can lose weight through exercise and healthy eating.
12. Grace for the Afflicted by Matthew S. Stanford, Ph.D (psychology/Christian) - An exceptional book about what the Bible says about mental illness.
13. Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story by Linda Thieman - A very cute little ghost story geared to 3rd-grade level.
14. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham (graphic novel) - Gorgeous artwork and some fascinating tales but sometimes a little too violent and some of the stories were unsatisfyingly abrupt in their endings.
15. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel) - I absolutely loved this novel about how a monkey king and a boy learn to be happy as they are. Incredible storytelling, both humorous and meaningful, and the artwork is pure delight.
16. Written in Blood by Sheila Lowe (mystery) - A mystery starring a handwriting analyst. The handwriting info was fascinating, the mystery so-so. Not family friendly.
17. The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter (literature) - Absolutely brilliant writing, definitely not family-friendly but the writing was so amazing that even graphic sex didn't put me off.
18. No Experts Needed by Louise Lewis (body, mind, spirit) - The author's story about being let go from her job, traveling around to ask people their opinion of the meaning of life. Uplifting and fun. Looks like you can get a free copy at the author's website.
19. The Porcupine Year by Louise Erdrich (YA) - The adventures and trials of an Ojibwe family in search of a new home. Lovely storytelling; I hope to read the entire series and will review this one for Estella's Revenge. Speaking of which . . . the February issue of Estella is now available for your reading pleasure.