- Amanda Davis: Wonder When You'll Miss Me
A traumatized teen girl runs off to join the circus. More than just another troubled coming-of-age story; the excellent writing and storyline are compelling.
- Ann Packer: The Dive Off Clausen's Pier
- Ann-Marie MacDonald: As the Crow Flies
- Annette Sanford: Eleanor and Abel: a Love Story
This is delightful. Reading about a couple of 70-somethings falling in love is totally charming. It's possible that you have to be a 50-something or more to fully appreciate it, but I hope not.
- Azar Nafisi: Reading Lolita in Tehran
- Bonnie Jo Campbell: Q Road
- Chris Bohjalian: Before You Know Kindness
This has been a favorite author for awhile now, and his newest does not disappoint. I've been dragging this everywhere with me, and reading more than knitting in order to finish. Bohjalian has a deft hand with family dynamics. He clearly shows both sides of any argument. He creates characters who a reader can get fully involved with. Read this, read any of his books. Purely satisfying.
- Dan Brown: The Davinci Code
- David Liss: The Coffee Trader
- Debbie MacComber : The Shop on Blossom Street
Pretty treacly. But it was about knitters and yarn and it did keep me interested enough to finish.
- Dodie Smith: I Capture the Castle
- Elinor Lipman: The Pursuit of Alice Thrift
This author is skilled at creating engagingly humorous characters. I always enjoy her books.
- Elizabeth Berg: The Art of Mending
Love this author!
- Gail Tsukiyama: Women of the Silk
A gentle book, it was pleasant to read, but a bit short on exciting plot development.
- Gail Tsukiyama: The Language of Threads
Excellent sequel to Women of the Silk.
- Gregory Maguire: Mirror Mirror
Oh wow! This is his best one yet. I love his writing! Have you read Wicked, or Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister? Don't miss any of them.
- Jeffery Eugenides: Middlesex
- Jhumpa Lahiri: The Namesake
Completely satisfying book from first page to last.
- John Grisham: The Last Juror
- Kent Haruf: Eventide
If you liked Plainsong, this will be equally satisfying. Haruf is good at exploring both the warmth and chill of human relationships. I like his characters, and he leaves the door open for a continuing saga about how these lives keep intersecting each other.
- Laura Kalpakian: The Memoir Club
She is an excellent author, but this isn't one of her more memorable books.
- Lawrence Block: Tanner's Twelve Swingers
My first ever audio book. I'm a Block fan from his books Hit Man and Hit List. This wasn't as good, but it was entertaining enough to finish...and I got a lot of knitting done as well.
- Lela Nargi: Knitting Lessons
Similar to the KnitLit books, offers reflections about knitting from knitters. I enjoyed this.
- Leslie Pietrzyk: A Year and a Day
Highly satisfying read. A dead mother talks her daughter through the difficulty of mourning. This really works, and the ending was just right. I really enjoyed this.
- Linda Perlstein: Not Much...Just Chillin'; The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers
If you have any connection with young adolescents, or about-to-be young adolescents, steel yourself and read this book. It's hard to know all this, but it's important.
- Linda Roghaar and Molly Wolf: KnitLit Too
- Lisa Tucker: The Song Reader
My book club's October selection. It was....okay. I liked until the end. Somewhat trite ending, in my opinion. I'll be interested to hear what the others think.
- Mark Haddon: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Entertaining, informative, and often thought-provoking. This was a good picture into the mind of an autistic child.
- Marlena De Blasi: A Thousand Days in Venice
- Orson Scott Card: The Crystal Cave
- Pearl Buck: The Good Earth
This is considered a classic for a good reason. I first read it forty-plus years ago. Loved it then; loved it now. THe family life cycle in pre-Revolutionary China, and the family life cycle in 21st century America....not much difference in dynamics.
- Philippa Gregory: The Queen's Fool
I love historical fiction from the Tudor/Stuart reigns. This one does not disappoint. Try The Other Boleyn Girl by this author as well.
- Richard B. Wright: Clara Callan
- Roger King: A Girl From Zanzibar
- Roxana Robinson: Sweetwater
- Sara Nelson: So Many Books, So Little Time
Entertaining. She does for books what we knitbloggers do for knitting. Good for small gulps of time. Otherwise, save the time for reading real books.
- Sheila O'Connor: Where No Gods Came
Our August book club choice. A winner.
- Sheri Holman: The Mammoth Cheese
This was terrific. Great character development and several intersecting plot lines. Highly recommend.
- Terry Kay: The Kidnapping of Aaron Greene
A bit slow to get into, and repetitious in parts, but eventually I got caught up in the plot and decided to finish it. Ending falls flat...the whole book was a bit flat. Kay is a good writer, but he needs a better story to tell. His previous book, To Dance With the White Dog," was far superior. Read that one instead.
- Tim Farrington: The Monk Downstairs
- Tobias Wolff: Old School
Interesting coming-to-grips-with-integrity story.
- Tracy Chevalier: The Lady and the Unicorn
- Vivian Schilling: Quietus
This is a can't-put-down book. I was willingly persuaded to suspend belief and go along with the overtones of the supernatural. Through the plot line of survivors of a plane crash being picked off one by one by spectres of Death, the book explores issues of mortality. Not exactly a cheery topic, but like a sore tooth, I am often drawn to probe around it anyway.