Like most other bookworms, great books make their way onto my “things I’m thankful for” list every year. It’s hard to choose favorites – especially this year! I’ve been blessed to read so many amazing books this year! But I went ahead and picked five books I read in 2016 and am thankful for.
- Samara’s Peril, by Jaye L. Knight: This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s a redemption story set it an amazingly-crafted fantasy world with some of the best characters I’ve been privileged to read. The themes, scenes, depth, and spiritual volume in this book moved me. This is book three in a series, so if you ever get a chance to pick up one of the Ilyon Chronicles books, do so.
- Coffee Cake Days, by Amanda Tero: I’ve read several of Amanda’s books this year, and I’ve been blown away. The way in which she captures real life (especially as a young girl in a family with younger siblings) and combines it with a true, earnest-hearted seeking after God is inspiring, challenging, relatable, and uplifting. With this book specifically, I related so well to the character’s struggles to spend time with God on top of family life.
- Family Reunion, by Kelsey Bryant: I read this book early in 2016 and was completely captivated by the witty and realistic way in which the author portrays interacting cousins! The personalities were rich, the conversations were true-to-life, and the plot was intriguing and unique. I’m hoping to get the sequel very soon.
- Lady Dragon, Tela Du, by Kendra E. Ardnek: Elements that particularly make this book stand out are the masterful plot-twists that occur throughout the book and the seamless way the author has woven plots and subplots together in a coherent and fascinating way. Another reason this book makes the list is that with these twists and hints woven throughout, this book is even better on a second and third read.
- Letters from a Scatterbrained Sister, by Amanda Tero: This is another book by Amanda Tero that made me smile, challenged me, was very relatable, and caused me to share it with several young friends
Other books that I read in 2016 that deserve mention are the Destiny Trilogy by Sarah Holman, the Time Captives series by Morgan Huneke, and Dare by Tricia Mingerink.
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to another great year of reading!
Speaking of more reading, here’s one more thing to be grateful for. Books on sale! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors banded together to offer over seventy discounted books on Nov 25-28. There’s literally something for everyone. Every single book listed on Indie Christian Books is on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you. Don’t know what to pick? The fearless Indie Christian Books team created a quiz that will generate a book list perfect for you! Check it out!
What awesome reads of 2016 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017?