Giving Thanks

I am a lover of lists, and on this Thanksgiving (which felt and looked smidge more like Christmas here in the northeast) I’d like to make a list of the Top 15 Authors I am thankful for this year (in no particular order). As we enter the winter months, I hope this list might help you discover a new author or book to check out and help fill the long days stuck indoors.

1. Jodi Picoult. Ms. Picoult is one of my all time faves. Check out her website at, and my previous post about her latest book.

2. Pam Jenoff. Ms, Jenoff came to my attention a number of years ago with the release of her first book, The Kommondant’s Girl. I was instantly hooked – her books are incredibly well researched. If you enjoy historical fiction, I encourage you to check out her website,

3. Marie Bostwick. Ms. Bostwick’s books are like comfort food – warm, uplifting, and honest. I found her Cobbled Court Quilt series because I am a quilter, but I dont think you have to be a quilter to enjoy this series about women who are just like the friends you always wish you had. She has also written some historical fiction which is quite good. Her website is

4. Sarah Sundin. Ms. Sundin is a wonderful author. Sometimes classified as christian fiction (but its not in your face, and always fits in with the story), sometimes historical fiction, her series are addictive and cleverly written to involve the same characters but tell a variety of perspectives.

5. LM. Montgomery. This prolific author is best known for Anne of Green Gables, my all time favorite. This year Ive been reading some of her other books, and really enjoying them.

6. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her Little House books are a childhood fave of so many. I re-read them this year and loved them even more as an adult.

7. Deborah Harkness. This summer the last installment of the All Souls Trilogy arrived in bookstores. Wow. What a perfectly written conclusion. I can’t wait to see what she does next –

8. Kathyn Stockett. If you haven’t read The Help yet, stop reading this blog immediately and get to it….

9. Jojo Moyes. Me Before You was a book club favorite of mine this year. I’ve since read a few more by this author – all different, all amazing. Visit for more.

10. Julie Kibler. Ms. Kibler’s debut, Calling Me Home, is one of the most incredible novels I have ever read. Ever. Her website is If you havent heard of her yet, read the book, then tell your friends. You won’t be sorry.

11. Allyson Richman. I stumbled upon Ms. Richman’s The Lost Wife when it was a Kindle freebie. Its become an all time fave of mine, and her other books are just as good. Learn more at

12. Jennifer Weiner. A long time favorite of mine. You can check out her website,, but I highly recommend finding her on Facebook or following her on twitter….funnier posts you will not find, promise.

13. Adrianna Trigiani. Reading her books is like sitting at my grandmothers kitchen table. And her amazing Big Stone Gap was recently released on the big screen, staring a great cast (Whoopie? Ashley Judd? Jenna Elfman? Yes, please) and filmed in the actual town of Big Stone Gap. Her website just recently got a facelift –

14. Christina Baker Kline. Along with most other book clubs this year, mine read Orphan Train this spring. It was incredible. I have read some of her other books and enjoyed them as well. Check her out at

15. Barbara Delinksy. A long time favorite of mine, her novels are engrossing. Her next, Blueprints, is out in 2015.


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