Being a mother to a toddler. Working full-time. Writing novels and short stories. All the reasons I’ve been challenged to find as much time as I’d like to read. I love reading. Always have. So, I don’t want to admit to the low number of books read on my list this year compared to previous years.

I thought I’d share my top three reads this year–the books I couldn’t put down (which is saying a lot when you are chasing a one-year-old around the room).

  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon: I was fascinated by this book and read in just a few nights. It is the story of a teenage boy with un-named Asperger Syndrome who tries to solve the murder of his neighbor’s dog. As Christopher investigates, he unlocks a real-life mystery about his own life. Told in first-person, you will feel like you truly understand Christopher and his plight.
  2. Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry: I am normally not into zombie-thrillers, but I could not put this one down. I was fortunate to hear Jonathan Maberry speak at the DFW Writer’s Conference this past May. I was so inspired by his writing story, I bought his book, and now am a huge fan! This novel is the first in the Joe Ledger series. Ledger is kind of like the James Bond of zombie hunters, I guess you could say. He has to stop the biologically engineered zombies from destroying mankind. Good stuff. Be warned, there is a lot of zombie violence and some language. I mean it’s a zombie novel, what do you expect?
  3. Wool by Hugh Howey: So I’m a little behind here, just starting this series, but it is a great read. Admittedly, I just started it, so I’ve only finished the first part, but I’m going to start the next one over Christmas break. This is such a unique world, set in a silo of all places. The first part tells Holston’s story and begins to unravel the mystery of why all these people live in an underground silo in a post-apocalyptic world. I can’t wait to find out more!

How about you? Any great reads from this year? I’d love to hear about them.