5 Minutes for Books — Your Favorites

by Jennifer Donovan

Merry Christmas Eve! I wanted to take the opportunity to announce the winners from last week’s post.

There is no new review today, but I would love to hear from you faithful readers. Please leave a quick comment answering one or more of these questions. I will draw a winner next week and send you a surprise book or books from my stash!

  • What is the best book you read this year? Think across the genres–fiction, parenting, marriage, general nonfiction.
  • Did you dip into, and enjoy, a new genre or author this year?
  • Did you enjoy any of the books featured here at 5 Minutes for Mom over the last seven months–for yourself or for someone else? Perhaps you won the book, bought it on your own, or checked it out at the library.

And now–the winners
This is My Planet: The Kids’ Guide to Global Warming — #16, Brooke

The World Atlas for Young Explorers — #76, Laura

Email Author    |    Website About Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Carrie K. December 24, 2007 at 12:23 am

Favorite non-fiction: Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself by Alan Alda, and Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Favorite fiction: An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, The Cure and River Rising by Athol Dickson, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Favorite new find: the poetry of Billy Collins


2 Rose December 24, 2007 at 1:20 am

Favorite Non-fiction: Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

It totally changed how my family eats. After my husband read it he stopped complaining about paying a little extra for farmers market meat. :)


3 Laura December 24, 2007 at 2:17 am

What is the best book you read this year? Boo Humbug

Did you dip into, and enjoy, a new genre or author this year? Yes, several new to me authors

Did you enjoy any of the books featured here at 5 Minutes for Mom over the last seven months–for yourself or for someone else? Yes


4 pussreboots December 24, 2007 at 2:59 am

Favorite fiction: Better Than Running at Night by Hillary Frank.

Favorite nonfiction: The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs.

Yes, I read many new authors and genres. With reading close to 400 books, I’d have to!

I don’t know if I’ve read any of the books featured here. Sorry.


5 TheAngelForever December 24, 2007 at 8:54 am

* What is the best book you read this year? – I really enjoyed Steve & Me by Terri Irwin. I have always loved watching the Irwin’s and got to see a different side of The Crocodile Hunter. It was an extremely touching memoir done to show the other side of their life. In addition to this I really enjoyed finishing up the last of the Harry Potter series.

Did you dip into, and enjoy, a new genre or author this year? – Yes! Aside from the book mentioned above, I also read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. So many people suggested it on their blogs that I wanted to try it out. I do not like vampire books and was very skeptical, but pleasantly surprised.

Did you enjoy any of the books featured here at 5 Minutes for Mom over the last seven months–for yourself or for someone else? – I have checked several of the books suggested out of the library and have enjoyed them. Thank you :)


6 Heather December 24, 2007 at 9:01 am

“Did you dip into, and enjoy, a new genre or author this year?” I discovered Christopher Priest recently. As a person who enjoys mysteries, I really liked his novel “The Prestiges”.


7 Sarah at In the Trenches of Mommyhood December 24, 2007 at 9:42 am

I read (and loved) The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Sons. They are well worth they hype. Lovely writing. Sad tales.

One that stayed with me long after I read it was The Ties That Bind by Chris Bohjalian (author of Midwives). This is one that will keep you guessing until the VERY end!


8 Brit December 24, 2007 at 9:51 am

My favorites this year were the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, the last Harry Potter, and The Kite Runner.


9 Tina December 24, 2007 at 10:43 am

The best book I’ve read this year was The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, by Kim Edwards.

My publisher just sent me Boo Humbug today though and now that someone mentioned it in an earlier comment, I believe I’ll start it!


10 Naomi December 24, 2007 at 10:49 am

We really enjoyed the personalized Miffy book we won at 5 Minutes for Books, thanks! The Daring Book for Girls and the Dangerous Book for Boys will be under the tree this year.

I wish I had more time to read for myself but the baby doesn’t like me to have free time at the moment… hopefully that will change soon.

My daughter’s favorite new book this year was Purplicious because she loved Pinkalicious so much.


11 Melissa Markham December 24, 2007 at 10:56 am

The best book I read this year was The Meeting of Anni Adams.

I have been reading more Christian romantic fiction this year


12 Stephanie December 24, 2007 at 12:05 pm

Favorite Non-Fiction: The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley and The Vaccine Book by Dr. Robert Sears

Favorite Fiction:Peculiar Treasures (Katie Weldon Series #1) by Robin Jones Gunn


13 mama k December 24, 2007 at 12:30 pm

What is the best book you read this year?
The No Cry Sleep Solution, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Changes that Heal (currently reading this one and it’s great so far)

Did you dip into, and enjoy, a new genre or author this year?
Not really. I haven’t had much time to explore as much as I’d like.

Did you enjoy any of the books featured here at 5 Minutes for Mom over the last seven months–for yourself or for someone else?
No, but I did add several to my Amazon wish list. Maybe I’ll be getting a few for xmas?? :)


14 Mama Zen December 24, 2007 at 12:46 pm

My favorite book this year was Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood!


15 Christi December 24, 2007 at 1:40 pm

I can’t narrow it down to one book that was the best, so I’ll go with two.

Fiction best was “Splitting Harriet” by Tamara Leigh. It hit close to home, since I’m a preacher’s kid, and had a story that I just didn’t want to end! The characters became my friends.

Nonfiction was “After Long Silence” by Helen Fremont. This was about discovering that her parents were survivors of the Holocaust and that they were, in fact, Jewish. The story personalized the horror that Jewish persons lived in during this time, and the pain that they have had to endure for the rest of their lives.


16 bebemiqui December 24, 2007 at 2:21 pm

I read “Crashing Through” about a man who’d been blind since age 3. He regained his sight and had a lot of struggles to overcome. Very interesting book!


17 Erin M in MO December 24, 2007 at 2:32 pm

I think the best book I read this year would be “Summer” by Karen Kingsbury. Ten years ago I lost a baby sister to anencephaly and it was as if Karen had researched my family’s situation before she wrote it. It was so beautiful and sad.


18 Tara Robertson December 24, 2007 at 2:32 pm

Hmmm… well this year I DID try reading a new genre of fiction- I read the Harry Potter series for the first time. I must admit that I REALLY enjoyed them. I was challenged to read them by a friend of mine and I’m glad I did.

My favourite book this year though has been a non-fiction book called “The Everything Parent’s Guide to Sensory Integration Disorder” by Terri Mauro. My son is being tested for this disorder right now and the book has REALLY helped me to understand the disorder and in turn understand my son. It has been SO helpful.

And on a spiritual level I read “The Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer and it has been very enlightening for me as well.

I have only recently been introduced to 5 minutes for Mom so I’m not sure what books have been featured on this site!


19 Not the Queen December 24, 2007 at 2:45 pm

I just finished The Chosen. Wow! Great read! Also, The Time Traveler’s Wife. And the A.D. Chronicles.


20 jessica December 24, 2007 at 3:30 pm

I also read and loved A Thousadn Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner is almsot finished…loved them both, great writing, but yes, sad tales!


21 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls December 24, 2007 at 3:38 pm

I won two books here on 5MFM and I enjoyed both of them. I especially liked the Woman In Red – I really felt a relationship with the characters and I liked the two different timelines and how they fit so neatly together as a whole story.

I didn’t read nearly as many books this year as I used to – I just haven’t had the time, and what time I have had has been filled with reading other things (like blogs!). I used to always have a book in my hand, and was very thankful for winning books here since it gave me a reason to sit down and read an actual book again. Thank you! :)


22 Shauna December 24, 2007 at 3:40 pm

The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns were both excellent. I loved The Moonstone, a classic by Wilkie Collins that is considered the first English detective novel. I also really liked A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and the finale to the Harry Potter series, as well as a lot of other books.

My favorite non-fiction titles this year were Don’t Waste Your Life, Believing God, and The Well-Adjusted Child.


23 Susanne December 24, 2007 at 10:12 pm

What is the best book this last year? Definitely “Uncharted” by Angela Hunt

New author for me this year was Alton Gansky and yes, I enjoyed the one I read.

Any featured books from 5MFM? I haven’t been able to get around to read any but I have some on my TBR list, for sure!


24 Dodo O December 24, 2007 at 10:37 pm

The best book I read this year was “The Egyptologist” by Arthur Phillips. It has suspense, mystery, and a chilling ending that will haunt the reader after finishing the book.

A new author for me this year was definitely Mavis Gallant. Her short stories are extremely good, especially “Mlle. Dias de Corta.”


25 Carolyn Barnett December 25, 2007 at 2:24 am

The Ties That Bind


26 Jenny M December 25, 2007 at 8:14 am

What is the best book you read this year? Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
Did you dip into, and enjoy, a new genre or author this year? Yes- Jon Krakauer
Did you enjoy any of the books featured here at 5 Minutes for Mom over the last seven months–for yourself or for someone else? Perhaps you won the book, bought it on your own, or checked it out at the library. Yes


27 Cindi Hoppes December 25, 2007 at 3:48 pm

Merry Christmas! I really enjoy reading the book
called “Morley and Me!” I tend to like non-fiction, but am starting to try romantic suspense and science fictions! Thanks,Cindi


28 Fruitbearer December 26, 2007 at 2:57 pm

I enjoyed reading My Life Unscripted by Tricia Goyer and then I gave it to our niece.

Have a blessed New Year!


29 kitty December 26, 2007 at 6:10 pm

Best book I read this year was Tender Bar by JR Moehringer.


30 Nichole December 26, 2007 at 7:16 pm

Until this week, I would have said “A Spot of Bother” by Mark Haddon was my favorite book of 2007. But then I finished “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak, and it just bowled me over.

I have tried a lot of new authors this year; Haddon and Zusak were two of them. The rest of my reading list is on my Web site, if you’re interested.


31 Taryn December 26, 2007 at 10:17 pm

The Kite Runner – I love reading out of my comfort zone occasionally and found this one riveting. I couldn’t put it down!


32 Diana December 26, 2007 at 10:58 pm

I tried a new genre this year, on the request of a student of mine. Science fiction for young adults. Gregor the Overlander (5 books in the series) by Suzanne Collins. My favorite is still James Patterson, though.


33 Alyson December 29, 2007 at 11:27 am

If you need a quick read to get your money and marriage on track, this was very easy and helped me think over what my (our) goals will be relating to giving, spending and saving (Christian-based book): Your Money Counts by Howard Dayton. Enjoy!!

LID 01/27/06


34 Amy December 29, 2007 at 9:05 pm

Most fun fiction; it’s kind of embarrasing because I borrowed the books from my 15 year old neice and I’m 34, but the Twilight series! I couldn’t put them down. I felt like I was in high school again, neglected my homemaking duties, and enjoyed myself for several days.


35 Andrea Lynn December 31, 2007 at 5:17 am

Bible, biographies, historical novels


36 Racheal December 31, 2007 at 12:32 pm

I like to read the big book of AA


37 Maemae January 2, 2008 at 7:24 pm

I am a fantasy-ahalic I love fantasy stories that take you into a whole world other then the one we know. I love the Narnia Books they are great.


38 Hollie P. January 4, 2008 at 11:51 pm

My favorite book was The Innocent Man. I love John Grisham and James Patterson, although with a little one and teaching full time I do not get to read as much as I would love to.


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