10. Superfreakonomics by Levitt & Dubner (audiobook) – The Freakonomics guys are controversial but always interesting. This sequel has interesting studies on doctors and hand-washing, altruism versus selfishness, and prostitution.

11.  The Robin and the Kestrel by Mercedes Lackey – Book 2 of a trilogy on gypsy bards. A decent fantasy read, but not one of Lackey’s best.

12.  So What Are You Going to Do with That? by Susan Basalla & Maggie Debelius – Excellent book for academics who want to find a job in the “real world.” Look for a review here in the near future!

13.  The Eagle and the Nightingales by Mercedes Lackey – Book 3 of the bardic trilogy.

14.  The Room-Mating Season by Rona Jaffe (audiobook) – Retro-feel chick lit centered on a group of girls who were roommates in the 60s and the tragedy that affected them for the rest of their lives. The narration alternates between the girls over the span of decades, replete with “hey remember the 80s” culture flashbacks for each time period. The characters didn’t feel real to me, and the plot points were a bit forced.

15.  In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan – Excellent book! This was the first I’ve read by Pollan, and I have the rest of his books on my (far too lengthy) to be read list now. If you’re interested in eating natural food, the reasons why our food culture has evolved to its current over-processed state, and the health benefits of avoiding “fake” foods, this is a must read.

16.  First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival by Ken Wheaton – The story of a young, conflicted priest in middle-of-nowhere Louisiana who decides to hold a festival to keep his parishioners from leaving for the lively new evangelical church being built down the road. It’s a very funny story, but not recommended for those who are easily offended (particularly if you’re uncomfortable with depictions of drunk, unhappy priests). I picked this one up because my  husband is from this neck of the bayou, but I don’t think I’ll be passing it along to his parents…

17.  A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg – Finally read this lovely Christmas present! Wizenberg’s book is a quick read, and you can certainly feel the blogginess of it (though not in a bad way). Chapters are about the length of a long blog posts, and each one culminates with a mouth-watering recipe.

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