Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.
My favorite books of 2011 in 25 words or less. (There are lots of hyphenated words to enable me to keep it under the limit.) YOU should read these books (in random order):
1. The Bronze Horseman Trilogy (The Bronze Horseman, Tatiana and Alexander, The Summer Garden) by Paullina Simons. A captivating love story beginning in WWII Soviet Union, spanning continents and decades. You'll laugh. You'll cry. But always, you'll root for Tatia and Shura.
2. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren. Set in Depression-era South. One man's corruption; another man's redemption. Some of the most beautiful prose I've ever read.
3. In the Woods by Tana French. Team of detectives solving the murder case of a child in Ireland. Suspenseful and thrilling. Fresh and beautiful writing.
4. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Best YA novel of the year! Legend of water-horses comes to life. Subtle love story and to-die-for prose.
5. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Based on Biblical book of Hosea and set in Gold Rush California. One man's beautiful and forgiving love for the prostitute he married.
6. The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes. Amnesia, adultery, car crashes, love letters, overbearing husband, earnest lover, divorce, freedom. partings, reunions.
7. The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. Ultimate good-girl/bad-boy romance set in turn-of-the-century London. Sid is a gangster; India is a goody-two-shoes doctor. Inexplicably they fall into enduring love.
8. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. The story of Hadley, Hemingway's first wife. Paris in the 1920s: art, booze, and love. Real and heartbreaking.
9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. A must for book-lovers. Coming-of-age story of Francie told in a compelling and vivid voice.
10. Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman. Based on the medieval story of Joanna--King John's illegitimate daughter--and her marriage to Llewelyn the Great, Prince of Wales. Well-written and well-researched.