2014 was a whirlwind of a year for me in so, so many wonderful ways. One of my favorite–and no doubt, most enjoyable–experiences of 2014 was my introduction to book reviewing. By good graces, in January of that year I stumbled upon a review of Kristina McMorris’s The Pieces We Keep on Luxury Reading; life forever changed that day after I saw the high quality of reviews on the site and decided to join Vera’s review team. One year, four reviewing groups joined, multiple authors met, and an ACFW conference later, my book reviewing career has taken off in the most fantastic ways imaginable. I read and reviewed over forty books in 2014 and have grand plans for 2015, including reading at least fifty books. Do you think I can do it? It’ll be a challenge…but what better challenge can a reader ask for?
Below you’ll find my list of my favorite books read in 2o14. The list is in no particular order but rather comprises a plethora of genres, industry categorizations, and specifications. Although I read over forty books last year, there are still many books on this “favorites” list that are missing, simply because I was unable to read the many books on my “to-read” bookshelf. Perhaps adding in those extra ten books on my 2015 challenge will help me to widdle down that shelf to less than one hundred to-read books. Well, that’s unlikely because 2015 is already looking like a stellar year for the publishing industry. Again, what more can readers ask for?
Enjoy my list of 2014 favorites! What book made your favorites list for last year? Are you looking forward to any particular books in 2015?
2014 Book Favorites
1) Kept by Sally Bradley–CBA contemporary
Kept is a stunning debut of a novel in every way possible. With its honest truths of contemporary living, the raw emotions of its characters, and its realism in dialog, setting, and description, Kept has livened the indie side of CBA publishing with its strong numbers and overwhelmingly positive reviews.
Debut author Dawn Crandall’s series set in the Gilded Age is one of the best from the CBA. Blending suspense, mystery, lyrical prose, and passionate romance with faith-filled lessons of God’s truth, The Hesitant Heiress and The Bound Heart are just the beginning of Crandall’s gripping series.
3) The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron–CBA historical
A stunning blend of historical and contemporary stories, this novel of faith, hope, love, trust, desperation, and goodness brings a new dimension to World War Two books. Cambron’s passion for the time period and art history shines through her historical and contemporary plot-lines.
4) In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin–CBA historical romance
Beloved World War Two novelist Sarah Sundin takes her Wings of the Nightingale series to even greater depths with her story of redemption and love in In Perfect Time. Readers of historicals and Sundin’s fans will love this latest entry into her series.
5) My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade–CBA contemporary
One of CBA readers’ favorites books, My Stubborn Heart is best known for its romance and humor. Beck Wade expertly brings light-hearted moments to a contemporary novel that delves into faith-filled situations that show readers how to live lives that honor God.
6) Letters from Grace by Rachel Muller–CBA historical romance
One of my favorite books of all times, Muller’s debut novel is a blend of third-person and epistolary styles that makes World War Two come alive for its readers. The battlefields and home-front are detailed so vividly that readers are taken directly into the action of the men and women from the Greatest Generation.
7) Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brower–CBA historical
Thief of Glory, a World War Two novel of Dutch people interned in Japanese internment camps in the Philippines, is a must-read novel for World War Two and historical fiction readers alike. Brower touches upon subject not usually set upon in novels of this period, and the information is fascinating.
8) The Wounded Warrior’s Wife by Hannah Conway–CBA contemporary
Debut author Hannah Conway penned a tale of love and heartache in her novel set between a Army soldier and his wife living on the home-front. A poignant story that shows the power of determination, forgiveness, and love, The Wounded Warrior’s Wife is one of my favorite contemporary novels because of its emphasis on the honesty of military families’ situation in the present day.
9) Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin–CBA historical
Prolific CBA author of historical and Biblical fiction, Lynn Austin has added another tome to her written works. Keepers of the Covenant brings the story of Ezra to life in her novel that centers on fulfilling God’s calling for your life.