Saturday, December 31, 2016

Best books of 2016 (in my opinion)

Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of 2017?!  I'm still in shock, personally.  Where did 2016 go?  Did it fly by for anyone else?  It seems like I was just halfway botching doing one of these posts for 2015 and now, a whole year has passed in the time it took me to blink!  Am I the only one so not ready to start another year?  Not that I have any say in the matter, unless I want to keep dating my checks for 2016, I can't do anything to change it . . .  So, without further ado, seeing as this is primarily a book blog, my Best Books of 2016 list!  And be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what's on your favorite reads list and if I left anyone out!
Oh, and these are in no particular order, which is driving my alphabetizing self crazy.  But this way will be more fun, right?

Book: Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson
Reason: As always, Ms. Henderson is one of my
very favorite authors and I loved the depth she brings
to this story.  Evie is a unique character and I so enjoyed
getting to know her, along with the rest of the cast. 
I can't wait for her next book, which is on my most anticipated list!
Book: Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig
Reason: Tox, plague, suspense, Kasey,
what-happens-next, London, can't-put-it-down,
Israel, Ram, Syria, questions.  So many reasons . . .

Book: Giver of Wonders by Roseanna M. White
         Reason:  I'm not really a "Christmas person."  But this
       story brought it to life in a brand new way.  I loved the
         unique time period and how it took the truth of Christmas
         back to the beginning, to when the celebration was still new
      and the sense of awe wasn't yet lost in traditions and shopping
 and gift giving.

Book: Love Everlasting by Julie Lessman
Reason: This book is both sweet and passionate,
humorous and serious.  I loved getting to know
Sam and Shannon.  Laughing and crying with them
and anticipating that Cat's book will hopefully be next.
Book:  Without Warning by Lynette Eason
Reason:  Ms. Eason is one of my go-to authors when
I want a book that will keep me on the edge of my seat,
but also has characters that touch my heart, and this one
perfectly fits the bill!  And spoiler, though the next book is on
my anticipated list, I can go ahead and tell you that it is ah-mazing, too!

Book: The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White
Reason:  I'm always a sucker for marriage of convenience
stories and this one quickly became one of my favorites.
I loved watching Brice and Rowena learn how to intentionally love
someone.  And as always, I loved the suspense Ms. White weaves into
her books.

Book: Playing the Part by Jen Turano
Reason:  Jen's books always crack me up!  Just ask Lucetta
about the moat or Bram about his motley crew of staff and pets.
Complete with a dress-hating goat and a basement that doubles as a dungeon.

Book: Her One and Only by Becky Wade
Reasons:  This cover!  I mean, honestly.  The Porters (if you haven't read
her books, you're totally missing out).  Also, a hot football player
and a female bodyguard.  Can you say "sparks"?  So many
sigh worthy moments between these pages!

Book: Close to You by Kara Isaac
Reason:  It's set in New Zealand.  Hobbits are a feature.
I loved the chemistry between Allie and Jackson.  And the dialogue!
Definitely an excellent debut novel!

Book: Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey
Reason: Honestly, I think this was one of the
first books I read this year and I totally need to read it again,
because I remember adoring it, but I don't recall why!
But, it's on here anyway.  Just because.  And I can't wait
to read Still Life!
Book: Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar
Reason:  Tessa has a way of bringing the Bible to life
that I just so enjoy!  Her books cause me to look at the stories
found in God's word more closely, to see the people behind the words written
on a page and to wonder what they must have been like.  I love
her unique take on things and the questions she raises that cause me to stop and think.

Book: Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson
Reason:  Returning to the Red Door Inn.  Getting to hang out in Caden's kitchen.
Adam - so swoon-worthy!  Seeing PEI through their eyes.  I can't wait
to make a return visit next year!

Book:  A Harmony for Steve by Hallee Bridgeman
Reason:  I've been eagerly anticipating this book for a couple years
and was so not disappointed!  Ms. Bridgeman tackles some very difficult
subjects in this story, addiction and spiritual warfare being the biggest ones.
And she does in a way that was totally engrossing.  I didn't want to put the book
down for anything.  Her books are so realistic and I loved being draw into
Steve and Harmony's lives, as well as getting to reacquaint myself with some old friends.
I couldn't choose between these next two books, so they're both on here! 

Books: A Time to Speak and A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes
Reasons:  These are books two and three in Ms. Brandes' Out of Time series
and I couldn't pick just one of them!  They each had an impact on me and caused
me to reevaluate how I view things.  I loved the honesty in how Parvin approaches God
and following her path as she sought His will and fought to right a terrible wrong.
These books were my first foray into the dystopian genre and will hopefully not been my last!  
Well, I think that's all I can manage to think up right now.  So Dear Reader Friends, who am I missing??  I know there's at least a couple books that I've misplaced in my brain that deserve to be on this list, but I just can't remember!  I'm also doing a "most anticipated" list in a day or two, so please chime in with what you think should be on it, as well! 
Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy New Year!
P.S. I was too lazy tired to find the links for all of the books here, but you can find all of them on Amazon and most of them everywhere else, should you be interested in checking them out further.  I've also reviewed most of them here, if you'd like to see my thoughts on them.  I'm still only doing this thing halfway.  Oops!  


  1. Close to You is on my Kindle ready to be read asap in the new year!

  2. Loved your list, Sarah! I've enjoyed four of these books so far. While suspense isn't my favorite genre, I really like Dani Pettrey's stories. Jen Turano is hilarious! I discovered her writing this year (actually last year now) and loved Playing the Part. I haven't had time to compile my list yet, but hope to this week. Happy New Year, dear Sarah!