What I’m Reading Right Now (2011 Recap)

What I'm reading right nowI’m reading a great book right now- it’s a monster (700+ pages!) but it is so good I don’t even mind the fact that it is quite a project to read.  I’ll share some thoughts about it in an upcoming post, but I thought that today I’d share a recap of some of my favorite reads from 2011.

You will recall I do a monthly “What I’m Reading Right Now” post.  You can check those out for more detailed reviews of the books.

Here are my top five favorite books for 2011: (in no particular order)

  • The Cupcake Bakery Mysteries.  These were sooo cute.  I am looking forward to #4 in the series.
  • A Discovery of Witches.  This was an awesome book. I believe there is another one coming out for this series, too. Can’t wait.
  • The Peach Keeper. I love anything by Sarah Addison Allen. She is such a talented writer.
  • Juliet. Romeo & Juliet reinvented. Very engrossing.
  • Prayers for Sale. This one was so, so good. Great characters, great story.

And one more for good measure:

  • Game of Thrones (I’m reading it right now, but started in 2011, so it counts, right?  REALLY good. More on this one soon.

What about you? What were your favorite books in 2011?

Are you planning any good reads for 2012?  I’m hoping to read the next installment of Game of Thrones and I’ve got these books on my to-read wish list on my Nook:

Well, that’s it for now. I’m sure I’ll be adding more books to my wish list…

I’d love to hear from you on any suggestions you may have!

What I’m Reading Right Now ~ November

Life has been so busy lately – haven’t had time, it seems, for much of anything – and yet I seem (somehow) to have managed to finish three books this month.

Granted, they have been short books… short and sweet ones.  They’re part of a cute series of mysteries – the Cupcake Bakery Series by Jenn McKinlay.

I’m not sure how I ended up with the first one – maybe a Friday Freebie?

I read it pretty quickly – it was really cute and “light” (if a murder mystery can be light) and a great escape at the end of the busy days of October.

The story revolves around three best friends who own a cupcake bakery together… and the murder in which one of them becomes the prime suspect.

There were a few sub-plots involving the main characters, which continue throughout the three stories, developing as they go.

I liked this continuity of story, combined with the different murders in each book – the characters are just off-beat enough to be fun and while it is hard to believe these folks have this many murders surround them (you’d start to wonder – in real life – what was up if you had this many murders around you!) the ongoing stories and goofball characters they encounter keep you engaged and curious enough to see what is coming next.

There’s the hateful owner of the bakery who is their chief competition, the eccentric fashion designers, the couples who take the Valentine’s-themed baking class and can’t stop arguing, the geriatric gentleman who tries to win the raffle for a Valentine’s dream dinner so that he can “get a life” – the books are full of colorful characters.

I’m reading #3 in the series now, which is focused on a cooking contest in which one of the judges is killed. Of course, he was a mentor and close friend of one of the main characters and she feels compelled to investigate his murder at the same time she is competing against her nemesis (the hateful bakery owner) in this competition.  Add to that the fact that her uncle is the investigating detective and her boyfriend is the DA (and her best friend and co-owner’s big brother) and you have some kookiness to come.

If you’re looking for something light and fun – a great escape from everyday life – this is a great series of books to read.