Thursday, December 3, 2009

2009 Christmas Book List

First, to kick off the Christmas season, I'm signing books on Friday, December 4, at the Lindon Seagull Book: 1:00 p.m.

Also, for those who live in St. George, over the weekend I stopped in the Seagull Book (Washington) and Deseret Book (St. George) and signed all of their stock.

Heather’s 2009 Book Recommendations

With the gift-giving season upon us, everyone on my list will be getting a fantastic book. Problem is, there are so many to choose from. Below I’ve included books that I highly recommend, published in 2009, and only ones that I’d consider “very family friendly.” There are more out there of course, I just haven’t read them yet.

The Actor and the Housewife – Shannon Hale (Great women’s fiction. This book has received some mixed reviews and controversy. But I love controversy)

All the Stars in Heaven – Michele Paige Holmes (Companion book to Counting Stars. Love Michele Paige Holmes)

Agent in Old Lace - Tristi Pinkston (For cozy mystery lovers!)

The Chosen One – Carol Lynch Williams (Powerful YA book. Unforgettable. You’ll have trouble sleeping.)

Christmas Jars Reunion – Jason F. Wright (Nice follow-up to Christmas Jars. True meaning of Christmas revisited.)

The Christmas List – Richard Paul Evans (Classic Evans. Must-read for holiday season.)

Dragon Spear – Jessica Day George (3rd book in Dragon series. Kids 10+ and adults will enjoy!)

English Trifle – Josi S Kilpack (Deliciously good. 2nd in Sadie Hoffmiller cozy culinary mystery series. A mouthful.)

Everything Is Fine – Ann Dee Ellis (Powerful. YA. Older YA recommended!)

Eyes Like Mine – Julie Wright (Wow. Compelling. Not what I expected.)

Farworld 2: Land Keep – J. Scott Savage (A favorite with my kids! C.S. Lewis needs to watch his back.)

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford (Can’t praise this enough. One of my favorite books of the year!)

The Hourglass Door – Lisa Mangum (Intelligent, romantic, exciting YA read)

The Hunt for Dark Infinity – James Dashner (My kids can’t get enough of this author. Book 2 in The 13th Reality series. Love Atticus Higgenbottom!)

The Last Waltz – GG Vandagriff (Timeless and breathless. I lived 3 lifetimes reading this.)

Lemon Tart – Josi S. Kilpack (Book 1 of the Sadie Hoffmiller series. It’s as delicious as it sounds.)

The Maze Runner – James Dashner (Again. Take my word for it. Hint: your teenaged son will love it!)

My Fair Godmother – Janette Rallison (YA fairy tale in a whole new twist. Hilarious and delightful. Favorite Janette Rallison book.)

Princess of the Midnight Ball – Jessica Day George (Had to read this—my favorite folk tale. Great job.)

Shudder – Jennie Hansen (Intense and captivating story about an abused woman.)

Tower of Strength – Annette Lyon (Brilliantly researched. Poignant and charming.)

Trail of Storms – Marsha Ward (Western classic at its finest.)

Warbreaker – Brandon Sanderson (If you haven’t read a Brandon Sanderson epic novel, this won’t be the last.)

Wings – Aprilynne Pike (Sweet debut YA. Cool science.)

When Hearts Conjoin – Erin Herrin and Lu Ann Staheli (True story of the conjoined Herrin twins in SLC. Fascinating.)


Cheri Chesley said...

Thanks for doing this. I'm low on Jessica Day George and Julie Wright books. Better bump them to the top of my list

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the two shout outs! Actually, though, Dragon Spear is the THIRD book. Don't confuse people, I'm already getting enough email demanding a fourth!

Rebecca Irvine said...

Thanks for the recommendations! It is always interesting to hear what others have read and recommend.

Heather B. Moore said...

Cheri & Becky--I hope you enjoy some of these.

Jessica, I made the change, and I don't feel sorry for you one bit. If you'd only write faster . . . just kidding. Although you do bring it on yourself and have no scruples about teasing the Goodreads people with book covers that are yet to come out.

Taffy said...

Well, great! My list just got longer! :) Enjoyed MANY of the books you recommended. Thanks for more. Hope to see you tomorrow! Good luck!

Marsha Ward said...

What a pleasant surprise to get a Google Alert and see your gift recommendation of Trail of Storms! Thanks, Heather.

Tristi said...

Woohoo! I'm on Heather's favorites list! Thanks, Heather!

Kimberly said...

I've read about half the books on the list (and loved them), so naturally the other half is calling my name now. Oh how quickly the To Read List grows!

Stephanie Black said...

Thanks for the great recommendations! I'm currently reading Julie Wright's Eyes Like Mine, and it's great.