May 7, 2009 I became a kindle owner. It's hard to believe it's been 2 years! On May 7, 2010 (my first kindle-versary) I shared a list of my favorites I had read in my first year (see it here); consider it a tradition as I share some stand-outs from year 2.
I've done a much better job this year of writing reviews as I go along so you'll be able to learn more about each book listed.
Favorite New (to me) Author
My college AXO bff Maura recommended Sarah Addison Allen's novel The Girl Who Chased the Moon (which I reviewed here). I've subsequently read all three of her other books and loved them all. As usual, if Maura offers you a recipe or a book recommendation, don't pass it up!
I Want All my Mom-friends to Read...
For mothers of school-aged daughters, I recommend Girls on the Edge (reviewed here) about the hidden dangers in being a teenager in a new world/the new millennium.
Too tough to choose just one as I read so many great ones this year (all completely diverse) that I really enjoyed. In chronological order: Pat Benatar's Between a Rock and Heart Place (review here), Nancy Brinker's Promise Me (review here), Condoleezza Rice's Extraordinary Ordinary People (review here), John Kralik's 365 Days of Thank Yous by (review here) and Elin Stebbins Waldal's Tornado Warning (review here).
A Book That Will Change Your Life
I cannot say enough good things about Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It will give you a clear picture of the international issues affecting women and give you both hope and concrete ways to make a difference. See also my review here, more about Circle of Sisterhood here and a report on Nick Kristof's visit to Tallahassee here.
There are so many other books I'd award Honorable Mentions, but I'll keep this brief. Thanks again to everyone who recommended books this year - please continue to send great ideas my way!