2. Best Novel -- Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Everyone I've talked to that has read this book loves it! Written during WWII, by a woman who was evenutally killed in a concentration camp, this book gives a firsthand look at what the German Occupation was like for those living in Paris and the surrounding countryside. Nemirovsky was a very talented writer and that is evident in this novel.
This cookbook is filled with beautiful photos, delicious recipes, and engaging commentary. The recipes are from a famous bakery in New York by the same name and include soups, sandwiches, salads, muffins, cookies, scones, and similar items. I'm looking forward to getting a copy myself someday!
This book is all about being a Christian mother. All of Sally Clarkson's books have been wonderful encouragements to me. She knows how to challenge, inspire, and encourage. She also loves to drink Yorkshire Gold tea! :)
This books explores the topic of "the Sabbath" and what that means for a Christian. This is a subject I have thought long and hard about over the years and am always looking for books that expound the subject. This book was balanced, challenging, and refreshing.
Travel memoirs are one of my favorite genres. Turnbull was fascinating and funny as she described what it was like trying to learn to live in Paris as a Parisian would.
This book has been around for many years but I had never heard of it until a friend mentioned that it was her favorite. Set in Nebraska in the late-pioneer era, it tells the story of pioneer life through the recounting of one life in particular -- Antonia. I love reading about what life was like "back then" and this book did a good job of making the pioneer life come alive.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle tells the story of Kingsolver and her family as they decide to eat locally for one year, and grow as much of their food as possible. Since I love to read about food, I enjoyed all the descriptions of what they grew and how they cooked it. Is this kind of life possible for most of us? No. So, one learns some new things, tries a few things, and then lets the rest go.
9. Best British Book -- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Shaffer/Barrows
This was a fun read, once I got past the letter-style and became attached to the story. It tells of life during WWII on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel. Since I love WWII, Britain, and history, it was a perfect fit.
10. Best Homeschooling/Creative Book -- The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule
I didn't read too many books in this category, but did enjoy The Creative Family. I read Amanda's blog daily and love being inspired to draw, sew, cook, paint, and otherwise create with my children.