Can you believe it is the end of the year already? I looked at my calendar today and was surprised to see that it's time for my end-of-the-year post highlighting my favorite books of the year. I am so proud to have been part of many blog tours, meetings both seasoned authors and junior authors who published a book for the first time this year. Whether I met you in person or online, thank you for the great opportunity! I hope to continue working with you all in 2017.
In no particular order, I will recap my favorite books, with highlights from my reviews:
ARTIFICIAL By Jadah McCoy
"It was the type of book that sinks its claws in you, drags you into the characters' world, and makes you not want to leave. I wanted the book to keep going and going....and then it said "Epilogue" and I about threw my Kindle. It was that good."
I actually have read this book a few times this year, and each time has been such fun! I love the world Jadah McCoy built in her story, and I am eager to read her next novel. I am excited to let you know that the next in the series, Organic, is expected to be released in May 2017.
FLYING BY THE SEAT OF MY KNICKERS By Eliza Watson
"All I can say is read this book. Buy it, borrow it from a friend, get a copy from the library - whatever you have to do! If you're having a bad day, this will cheer you up. If you're having a good day, this will be the cherry on top."
Since reading Eliza's first novel, I have given a few copies to family and readers alike, hoping to draw them into her superb writing! Her second book is already out (buy link), and a third is on the way! I highly recommend her books, not only because they are greatly enjoyable reads, but she is just a wonderful person. Very engaged with her readers, and one of the friendliest authors I have met to date.
ALL SHOOK UP By Chelsey Krause
"What really worked was that I could relate to Natalie and Casey. They were realistic and accepting of each other's faults in a way that makes me want to grab the nearest guy and sing Kumbaya with him. I want a Casey. Lord, hear my prayer now - send me a Casey!"
This was possibly the most relatable book I have read in a long time. It's not necessarily that I relate in every possible way, but I feel that I just got it. I understood the characters, I felt for their joys and their sorrows, and I finished the books feeling like I knew them completely. My desire to leap into the book and become friends with them speaks volumes.
THE CAPTIVE HEART By Michelle Griep
"The Christian element in the story was subtle yet powerful. It was a warm breeze on a chilly day, letting you know it's there and life will get better. Both Eleanor and Samuel let God guide their actions, and it was a lovely thing to watch."
What a powerful novel! I haven't had the change to re-read yet, but it's definitely on my list of feel good novels, in the event that I need an emergency pick-me-up. It was a subtle Christian novel, allowing the religious elements to subtly blend into the book as opposed to hitting you over the head like an anvil. I am particular about the Christian books I read, but this one gets two thumbs up from me!