As I look back over my books from this year, I realize yet again, that I am incredibly stingy with 5-star ratings. To me, 3-stars means average, and over the course of the books I read, most of them should average out to 3 stars. I still like 3-star books; I love 4-star books; but 5-star books are something extra special - a book I can't put down, or stop thinking about, one that sticks with me long after I put it on the shelf, return it to the library, or archive it on my Kindle. Sometimes, to be fair to the author, because I really do think my 3-stars and 4-stars are good books, I will adjust my rating upwards on a public review.
Anywho - without further ado, here are some of my favorite books from the year, spanning random genres, topics and authors!
Counting by 7s - Holly Goldberg Sloan
My book club seemed to have a running theme of orphans and/or gifted kids this year, and this book had both. But it was so quirky and fun that it rose above the others as one of my favorites this year.
Love Mercy - Lisa Samson and Ty Samson
I picked this up from my church library on a whim, because it was on an end cap, but I was so glad I did. I have loved a lot of Lisa Samson's fictional work (see below!), and I loved this non-fictional account by her and her daughter of not only their trip to Africa, but their transition to a new lifestyle that they were being called to. It was humorous, but it was also eye opening and heart changing. It's difficult, if not impossible, to read an account like this and not feel more compassionate to "others."
Runaway Saint - Lisa Samson (again)
Some other books that weren't maybe my favorite-favorites of the year, but that I enjoyed nonetheless:
Unspoken/Undetected - Dee Henderson
Although I didn't love Full Disclosure, I did love these two books that joined the series. I love Dee Henderson's military books, and I still have high hopes that there will be a book about the third brother from this family!
Cress, audio book - Marissa Meyer
I'm not usually one for audio books, because I tend to get distracted by the narrator's character interpretations, but I really really enjoyed this one, mostly because the narrator was fantastic. I enjoyed the other books in The Lunar Chronicles, but the narrator made this book even better for me.
And as an extra bonus, here are some of the books I'm most excited to see come to print in 2015. (I'm not usually a reader who looks ahead, but several of my favorite authors have new releases coming out that I've been waiting anxiously for!)
Reservations for Two, by Hillary Manton Lodge
This is book 2 in the Blue Door Series, of which book one was Table by the Window - a book I immediately purchased for a friend before I'd even finished it.
The Art of Losing Yourself - by Katie Ganshert
I have loved every book by this author, and I can't wait to read more! Every book has depth, and growth, and great characters.
Flames - by Ginny Yttrup
Still Life - by Christa Parrish
This Quiet Sky - by Joanne Bischof
The Cadence of Grace series, every one of which I loved.
SOOO,,,,There we go!
What were your favorite books of 2014?
What books are you looking forward to in 2015?
Do you set reading goals?
Note: While some of the books above were provided to me for review (and I've tried to link to my reviews where applicable), this post was solely written as a recollection of the books I've enjoyed and look forward to.