Awhile back I had fun looking back in time to books I loved in pre-blogging days. So I did some EXTREME mini reviews of those books listed on my side bar as my top ten favorites. Here's another set! These are my favorites from my 2004 reading year:
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer: A crazy intense story about a kid who is bred for his parts and DNA. It's one of the first dystopian books I read and I was blown away.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman: After loving the movie so much, I finally decided to read the book, and I loved it!
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand: This book was making a big buzz and even though I'm not really a horse person, I thought I'd give it a try. And I'm so glad I did because I loved this story and recommend it all the time, even for non-horse people!
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett: I was blown away by the craziness that is the book when I read it this first time around. I loved the writing and the story and all the characters.
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly: This is a great historical romance that takes place in both New York and London. Lots of intrigue... murder, romance and adventure. I loved it and need to read more like this again. I miss this time of book!
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke: Ah, what a fun book! The story about what happens when you have the ability to read yourself into a book! You'd think it would be cool, but it causes all sorts of craziness! What a fun first book to a fun trilogy.
Educating Esme by Esme Raji Codell: One of those books that makes you want to go out and fix the world! Very inspirational.
The Killer Angles by Michael Shaara: A fictionalized account of the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. If you are visiting there, read this first.
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck: This must have been a re-read that year, probably because of Oprah's book club? But I love this book and was fascinated with it just as much this second time around as the first.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston: So if you don't want to watch that movie 127 hours, read this book instead. The movie was based on this book, which is Aron's account of getting pinned by a rock while hiking and how he got himself out of it. So good!