Today’s Armchair BEA post is all about our favorite books of 2011. I have read quite a few 5 star books this year and they deserve all the shout-outs I can give ‘em! So, in no particular order, my favorites of 2011 (so far) are:
This book spoke to me on so many levels. It is the story of a marriage and how life partners can become strangers to each other. It is a story of second chances; of new beginnings – if both partners will accept them. The novel is crafted so intricately, leaving you craving more and more with each passing chapter. Weaved throughout the narrative is the story of how the couple met, fell in love, got married, started their lives together, launched their careers, and then began to fall away from each other. It is the story of how four minutes and eight seconds can change the course of a life in innumerable ways. I loved this book.
This is a roller-coaster of a ride. Four women who have one thing in common – a little boy named Joshua: Allison, a 21 year old girl who was just released from prison; her 20 year old sister, Brynn; a college student named Charm, and Claire, the owner of a bookstore. How are these four women connected? And what does an innocent young boy have to do with it? Let me tell you – once you pick up this book, you will not want to put it down. There are so many twisty-turny, knock-your-socks-off moments in this book that you won’t be able to rest until you have turned the last page and know how everything comes together. I definitely recommend this book for those of you who like books filled with secrets!
I love Jodi Picoult’s novels. She has a way of tackling tough social issues through her writing in a way that I haven’t seen many authors do. Her latest is probably her most controversial yet in that it confronts the subject of same-sex marriage and reproductive science. I found it fascinating. I found the radical church members a bit stereotypical, which concerned me (all you hear about are the crazy Christians who are protesting funerals and such…we aren’t ALL like that, you know!). But, I digress.. This is a wonderfully told story as only Jodi can do. Lots of emotion and depth. I would definitely recommend it, especially to those who like Picoult.