Favorite Book of the Month–January 2011

Well, nothing surpassed the book I stayed up past bedtime reading earlier in January. An Echo in the Bone, by Diana Gabaldon, is a contemporary/historical/time travel novel. The majority of it is set in the U.S. in the first year of the Revolutionary War. The series, which started with Outlander—the book with which I recommend any reader begin—initially focused on just two main characters. However, by the time you get to Echo the cast has expanded to include children, extended family, and friends. And, hats off to Gabaldon, I find I care about every one of them. I don’t know when we can expect the next novel, but I pray Diana Gabaldon writes fast!

The runner-up, for January, is another adult novel, by another of my favorite authors. Like Echo, The Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters is a historical novel (I love historical fiction!), this time a mystery, set in Egypt in the early twentieth century. Main character, Amelia Peabody, and Emerson, her archeologist husband are in Luxor at the time of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. Treasure seekers and Egyptians agitating for freedom from Great Britain rank among the suspects when the Emerson family finds itself being stalked. With humor, a cast of characters who are decidedly unique, and fascinating detail Peters has crafted another dynamite mystery that inspires both laughter, shivers, and a near irresistible urge to keep turning the pages!

Like An Echo in the Bone, The Tomb of the Golden Bird is only the most recent of a series of novels Peters has written about the Emerson family. I’d recommend you start with the first of the series, Crocodile on the Sandbank.

What was your favorite book you read in January? What was your children’s favorites. Please share your recommended reading here. I’m always looking for a great read!