Favorite Books of 2016: A Look Back

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:


"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.


"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 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!

#specialpost #favoritebook