Since I’m home, amongst readers with diverse tastes, I thought I’d collect favorite books from some of my family members and share them with you while I compile my own Best of 2010 lists.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Chosen by: my mom
“Half the Sky was the most impactful and important book I read this year. This well-written nonfiction work details the plight of women and children in developing countries. It opened my eyes to the magnitude of this global issue and presented ways a little help can make a big difference in transforming the lives of these women. It’s a book everyone should read; book raises the awareness level for all of us.”
My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
Chosen by: my mom
Genre: historical fiction
“I loved this book for its well-drawn characters and its believable and engaging plot. It also shed light on a more obscure aspect of the Civil War era: women in medicine. An all around great read!”
Erin’s note: I loved this one as well!
The Malazan Book of the Fallen Series by Steven Erikson
Chosen by: my husband
“This series was great because of how skilled Erikson is at creating a massive world and populating it with a wide variety of characters. Erikson is an anthropologist, which definitely helps with this aspect of his novels. The Malazan Book of the Fallen is great for people who’ve enjoyed Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.”
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Chosen by: my sister
“I enjoyed The Forgotten Garden because of how well it wove together several different plot lines, all occurring at different times over the past century. Despite the story’s intricacy, I never felt confused. As the main character uncovers her grandmother’s story, answers are gradually revealed until the end, when everything comes together.”
Other Family Favorites
Other books my family has recently read, enjoyed, and recommended to each other include City of Thieves by David Benioff (which four of us have read and loved), Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (which I bought at my sister’s urging but haven’t gotten to yet), and Graceling by Kristin Cashore (which my sisters and I have all read).
What books have made the rounds in your family?