By Orson Scott Card
I always enjoy Orson Scott Card, and this book was no exception. It added a lot of flesh to a familiar Bible story, breathing life into the characters and making them real, tangible, and accessible.
Cry the Beloved Country
by Alan Paton
Beautiful. Along the lines of Grapes of Wrath. A simple, sweet story about change, about faith, about despair, growth, love, redemption. It made me feel safe, giving me a sense that while life can hurt, it can also be beautiful. That there is always hope, even in the darkest of despair.
by Brandon Sanderson
I have such admiration for Brandon Sanderson-- he can not only create a cast of believable characters, but a whole world with its own geography, history, and political and social structures. I seriously loved Elantris, which (along with the recommendation of my friend, Andrew) is why I picked up Mistborn, the first book in series. And I enjoyed Mistborn. Good characters, interesting ideas, good plot shaping. I did feel like it could have used a little more editing, as some of the fighting/allomancy scenes ran a bit long and detaily, but overall it was a good read.