I did a post like this last year, and it was a lot of fun, so I thought hey, why not do another? I reviewed 45 books this year, by my very casual count, and I read probably 4 or 5 others that I never reviewed (two that I do intend to review soon, just haven't gotten to them yet). I'm once again astonished by that number, especially since for the last couple months, I've barely read anything other than Hamlet, or so it feels.
Anyway, like last year, I'm breaking it into new-to-me and re-reads.
New to Me
The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery -- I was blindsided by how much I loved this book. I made my mom read it this week while she was visiting me.
Dear Enemy by Jean Webster -- I was also shocked to discover I liked this better than Daddy-Long-Legs, which made last year's list of favorites.
A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz -- so many amazing insights into Austen's books. I want to re-read this one in a few years while also reading through all Austen's novels.
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle -- I can't believe it took me this long to finally decide to read this book. A pure and lovely delight.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell -- despite the rushed ending, it is a gorgeous, complex story filled with amazing characters.
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd -- at one point, my son and I were sitting on the swing in our backyard, him reading the first pages while I was reading the last ones. He loves it like I do, and we gave it to a friend for Christmas too.
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum -- simply a superb spy story.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows -- funny and poignant and charming.
Hamlet by William Shakespeare -- do I have to talk again about how much I adore this play? Probably not.
Persuasion by Jane Austen -- I loved participating in Heidi's read-along for this, my favorite Jane Austen novel.