5 Minutes for Books — Your Favorites

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

Comments

  1. says

    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. says

    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. says

    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. says

    * 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 :)

  5. Heather says

    “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”.

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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!

  8. says

    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.

  9. says

    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

  10. says

    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?? :)

  11. says

    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.

  12. says

    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!

  13. Erin M in MO says

    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.

  14. says

    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!

  15. says

    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! :)

  16. says

    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.

  17. says

    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!

  18. Dodo O says

    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.”

  19. Jenny M says

    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

  20. Cindi Hoppes says

    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

  21. says

    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.

  22. Taryn says

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

  23. says

    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.

  24. says

    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!!

    Alyson
    LID 01/27/06

  25. says

    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.

  26. says

    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.
    Maemae

  27. Hollie P. says

    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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