The topics for today are Favorite Books of 2012 and Giveaways. I have both.

Best Books I’ve Read in 2012

Besides The Saffron Kitchen that I talked about yesterday I picked 2 other books.

The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great by Eva Stachniak

This is the story of the arrival in Russia and rise to power of Catherine the Great as seen by one of her mother-in-law’s spies at court. This is the beginning of a series.

The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy

The story of the Holocaust is told from the German point of view by a girl who was a teenager working in her father’s bakery. Fifty years later she runs a German bakery in Texas and is looking back at the war years and the decisions that her family and neighbors made.


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49 Replies to “Armchair BEA Day 2”

  1. I’m going to have to check out The Baker’s Daughter. I love books set during WWII and ones from different points of view. Have you read Skeletons at the Feast? That one was good.

    Girl Who Reads

  2. The one about Catherine the Great and Russia sounds interesting, because I’ve always been curious about that period.

  3. I’ve got Winter Palace on my shelf to read — it looks so good, and that cover – gorgeous! 🙂 The Baker’s Daughter sounds like it’d tweak your heart, but it must be a good story to make such a short list of greats 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. What a great giveaway! The Winter’s Palace sounds great; thanks for alerting me to it! 🙂

  5. Great picks, I’ve heard a lot of great things about The Baker’s Daughter. Sad, but good sounding. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  6. The Winter Palace looks beautiful and really interesting. I don’t know anything about that time in history and love reading novelised (and somewhat fictionalized) accounts of history.

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  7. I haven’t read those two books yet but they sound like fascinating reads. I really like the title of The Winter Palace. Court intrigue!

  8. Great picks! I bought The Winter Palace a few months ago, but haven’t had the chance to dig in yet … and The Baker’s Daughter is on my wishlist!

    Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂


  9. Thanks for visiting my blog, I am now a new follower of yours 🙂
    I’ve read both of these books and enjoyed them both, although Winter Palace was my favourite of the two.

  10. Those sound like fabulous books. I’m a World History teacher & love Russian history. It’s like the Wild, Wild West of Eurasia. Catherine the Great is a very interesting character. I absolutely love visiting the TX Hill Country. It is one of my favorite places. It speaks to my soul. And of course, German bakeries are always on the top of our MUST stop list.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity & thanks for sharing.

    bookgoonie at yahoo

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