Delancey by Molly Wizenberg - I had loved Wizenberg's previous book but I think I loved this one even more. I really had no interest in opening a restaurant but now I really have no interest! That being said, I would wait in whatever line I had to wait in to get a seat in Delancey!
Murder on the Home Front by Molly Lefebure - a true account from a female journalist turned secretary to one of the most renowned early pathologists. She gives us a look at the morgue and police investigations in World War 2 era London.
The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue by David Sax - I read this book back in January and March and am still talking about it. It's fabulous but don't go into a grocery store right after reading it or you will spend far too much money!
Louisa Catherine: The Other Mrs. Adams by Margery M. Heffron - I know a lot about John and Abigail Adams but I know very little about their son and President John Quincy Adams and even less about his wife. This was a really interesting look at a little known First Lady.
Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison - I really enjoyed this modern day mystery set in England. It had touches of history, lots of mystery and great characters. I'm hoping there will be another one out very soon.
Buried in a Bog by Sheila Connolly - Do you ever have an author whose writing just works for you and you're not even quite sure why? That's Connlly for me. Her mysteries are definitely not flawless but I always enjoy them. This is the first of a series set in Ireland.
When the Rogue Returns by Sabrina Jeffries - I read Jeffries when I first started reading romances back in college but had stopped years ago. I was thrilled to rediscover her with this fabulous story. The plot was intriguing and the characters were well developed.
The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow - I was almost afraid to read this book as my expectations for it were so high but it didn't disappoint! There's a lot of history, a touch of mystery and a good dose of heart.
The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier - This book wins the award for book I've recommend the most this year. The Birds is the short story that Hitchcock loosely (and I mean loosely) based his movie of the same name on. I've always thought the concept was kind of silly until I read the story. Now I'll never look at birds the same way again. The other stories in this collection are great too.
Goodnight June by Sarah Jio - This is the most feel good book I read this year. Throw in the children's book references and the treasure hunt through bookshelves and if you put this book down without a smile on your face I'm not sure we can be friends!
I wouldn't have expected it but this was probably one of my best years for non-fiction. I had a hard time picking just a few and I definitely feel like I'm leaving great ones out. What were your favorites this year?