This was one of the hardest categories to narrow down, FYI.
10) Dead Harvest and The Wrong Goodbye by Chris F. Holm. One of the best discoveries of this year. A reaper named Sam tries to cancel the apocalypse.
9) Live By Night by Dennis Lehane. Another must-read by Dennis Lehane. I wish I could make his books mandatory for everyone to read.
8) The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. Her novels are basically one of my main vices—not guilty pleasures, because there’s nothing at all guilty here. But actual vices. Do not attempt to distract me while I’m reading one.
7) Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie. Catherine McKenzie was an author I discovered this year and all three of her books are amazing and wonderful. Read them and help me pressure Harper Collins into releasing her fourth book here in the US soon. Like, TOMORROW. (She’s a Canadian author.)
6) Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks. This was compared to Room. Don’t you want to read it now?
5) In Need of a Good Wife by Kelly O’Connor McNees. This book became Christmas presents for several people. It’s just a fantastic book (no surprise for those who read her first book, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott).
4) The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns by Margaret Dilloway. Margaret Dilloway is one of my must-reads now.
3) The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March. One of the most fun books I’ve read this year—how can you not love a book about family and movies?
2) Defending Jacob by William Landay. Intense and wonderful.
1) Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. This book is not for the faint of heart, but if you like books that can take your breath away by the power of what’s inside, this is for you.