Favorite reads: (because I can never pick just one!)
The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass - Wonderful characters.
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachmann - Again, wonderful characters.
The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai - A great little kid and an appealing, tart authorial voice.
The Passage by Justin Cronin - Great story with suspense and heart.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson - Lovely, sweet, dear, charming love story.
Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross - Intriguing construction. Not sweet or charming!
The Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert. This so-called horror novel is embarrassingly bad, just wincingly awful. It reads like a first-time self-published author, although Herbert is a veteran and has written decent ghost stories in the past.
Most disappointing: The School of Night by Louis Bayard. I've enjoyed each of his historical suspense books until this one, set partially in contemporary times, which seemed dumbed-down for the masses.
What I learned: It is worthwhile to revisit classics that you hated as a youngster. I'm so glad I steeled myself to re-reading Of Human Bondage, because this "boring" book has jumped into my Top Ten Books Ever. On the other hand, I hate Henry James as much as I ever did, and that was good to learn, too.
Total books read: 52, which is a lot for me.
Classic - 13
Fantasy - 1
Historical Fiction - 2
Horror - 4
Humorous - 1
Mainstream/Literary Fiction - 19
Mystery - 6
Nonfiction - 3
Suspense - 3