#9) House of Sand & Fog by Andre Dubus III -mystery/suspense/edge of seat type book and is apparently a movie
#8) I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak - this is the author of The Book Thief, but this book is completely different. It's a fun book with twists and a message for all of us.
#7) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - I wasn't sure I was going to like this series, and I am only on the second book now but I find myself thinking about the characters even when I'm not reading.
#6) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (books 1 through 6 on my list were hard to put in order because I LOVED them all!!) This is historical fiction and really, really good.
#5) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - author of The Kite Runner. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with this author. I loved all three of his books.
#4) Serena by Ron Rash - strong lead character in this one that you will love to hate. It has now been made into a movie also but I haven't seen the movie. GREAT book!
#3) Orphan Train by Christina Kline - picked this one up just by the intriguing cover while on a Barnes and Noble trip - best book I have ever randomly picked up - historical fiction & great story of a woman's life
#2) The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom - love, love, love this book and fell in love with the characters!
#1) Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - I put off reading this book for a long time because I don't usually do well with non-fiction, but this is by far the BEST book I read all year. Amazing life story!! You don't want to miss this one! Movie came out Christmas day, but you need to read the book first. Trust me!
**Best books for children I read this year were Wonder by R.J. Palacio & Found by Haddix :)