Miss Billy by Eleanor H. Porter - (the same author as Pollyanna & Just David). just a light, fun read. (btw, I used a free upload for Kindle)
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese - Liked the story, despite needing to do some heavy-handed suspension of disbelief (which I'm always willing to do for good fiction - grin) and some minor skimming thru medical details. I would have liked to have seen some of the characters better "fleshed-out" & developed. (free Kindle upload/lending via my library)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen - ok, I'll admit this was a fun, quick read. But it was also shallow, completely implausible, and lacking mature writing. I was glad not to have spent money on it - got it free (for my Kindle) from Amazon's lending library.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - my book club's selection for December. intricate plot structure & multi-layered intriguing first person narrative. filled with unlikable character after unlikable character. this book left me scratching my head and wondering, "WHY is this considered a classic?" For that matter, I'm still scratching and wondering ... not my favorite. (another freebie upload for Kindle)
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen - ('nuther Kindle freebie & this month's book club selection). probably Jane Austen's most light-hearted story, a gentle spoof of gothic novels of the day. doesn't displace P&P in my affections, nor will I probably ever reread this story; but, per Jane Austen norms, there were moments when I was laughing out loud ...
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick - clever, original narrative construction. two separate, but overlapping, stories. one advanced thru traditional medium of words, one advanced solely thru use of pencil drawings. I liked it. And immediately passed it off to my 12yo son. :-) Will likely soon read The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - despite the glorious title, this is a devastating, heart-wrenching story filled with quiet desperation. set against a backdrop of 40ish years of recent Afghani history. I will definitely be reading The Kite Runner, also.