I finished a good book yesterday and when I went to jot it down on my list, I noticed that they were all rated really good - and there were a lot of them! So it's time to share, I guess! I hope you find time to pickup a book - I feel like my time should be spent sewing or listing items in my shop or getting things ready for our scrapbooking retreat which is coming up soon, so I may not devour as many in the next months as I would when times are slower. Can't not read, though.
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel - He has descriptive writing that really transports you to another time and place, but can be a little odd at times, too. There are three different characters in different times that all tie in to one place in the end. There was one theological error that bothered me since so much research would have had to go in to the rest of the story; why get that part wrong??
Distortion by Terri Blackstock - she writes decent Christian Fiction. Not a ton of depth, but it was ok. (Maybe more of a 3.5? I'm sure you can find more amazing books, but in a pinch, pick her off the library shelf.)
The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva - A WWII story with lots of layers in the spy game. I picked this one up because I thought it was the first in his series, but this was a stand alone.
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd - This one is about an affair, so if you don't want to go there, don't pick this one up. It is more of a psychological look at a woman finding herself unsure of who she really is once she's facing an empty nest, and what she goes through to understand who she is and what she wants. Kidd's understanding of people is well captured.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for Day by Winifred Watson - Written in the 30's, this was a fun read with a delightful cast of characters.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson - Really good. It'll take you a few chapters to get into it, maybe, but quite interesting, if you can accept the strangeness of the main character living her life over and over again.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - Another really good one. It follows a few characters after a nasty virus kills off most of the world's population.
The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva - This is the first in the series that I was looking for. Israeli spy / restoration artist. Good guys vs bad guys all around Europe...
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman - Grumpy old man that you fall for as you slowly learn his story.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - I started this one years ago but got distracted by something easier probably, so decided I'd read it for the reading challenge I'm attempting this year. Glad I read it, though I'm sure I missed lots - very wordy and I was not always clear what he was talking about! Great story, overall. First Dickens I've read - is that sad?
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline - Despair and hope. Set in the 30's in the US, it chronicles an Irish immigrant girl sent on an orphan train to the Midwest to find a family. Also set in the present day as a teen helps the same girl, now in her 90's, clean out her attic, and all the memories it uncovers. That sounds a little cheesy, but it really is well done. This one stuck in my brain for a long time.
If you are looking for more good recommendations, I would send you over to Modern Mrs. Darcy - her blog has lots of good lists.
Happy page flipping!!