The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
It is no great secret that I am a bit of a Susanna Kearsley fan girl. I am not sure what it is exactly but her voice, the stories she chooses to tell, the dual time frames, the characters, the relationships and more really work for me. I actually started this book at the end of last year but I deliberately dragged the reading of it out because I wanted it to be one of the first books I finished this year!
Easy by Tammara Webber
I had heard a lot of good things about this book but I was still blown away by how much I loved it. I have borrowed one of this author's other books but I had to return it unread! Maybe next year!
The Best Man Kristin Higgins
Sometimes you just get lucky and read the perfect book for you right at that exact moment and I think that is what happened with this book. I have read most of Higgins back list and liked a lot of them but I must confess that I prefer her later books where she moved away from the first person narrative where you never got inside the heroes head to third person.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Well this is a first! This is a book that I had on my best of list last year. This year I reread it (unusual in itself) and still loved it even though I already knew the story!
Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman
A few years ago I saw that Paullina Simons blurbed one of Kimberley Freeman's earlier books but I didn't end up reading it. Last year I finally read one of Freeman's books, Wildflower Hill, and liked it a lot, but I was totally engaged with this book. I have now read my way through her back list and have her latest book here to read soon.
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
If I had to pick just one author as my discovery of the year it would be Melina Marchetta! I had been told to read her for a long time and all those people were right! I actually listened to this one on audio twice. I gave the first listen 4.5/5 because the first portion of the book was a bit confusing but on the second go around I was very impressed with the way that there were many important clues to what was going on. Oh and there was a crush on a way too young character too!
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
In between Jellicoe I listened to Saving Francesca which I really liked. This book features the same characters that are in Saving Francesca but it was this story which had me feeling all the emotions on all three occasions that I listened to the audio!
I will hopefully be able to post all my 2013 stats next week. Might have to try and write at least some of that post when I go back to work so I can do all the analysis on something bigger than my tablet screen!
Thornwood House by Anna Romer and listening to Finnickin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (yes, her again)
I am not really sure. I really need to take a look at library due dates etc!