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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Having become such a picky reader, this year I went on a search for new authors. So as 2008 ticks off its last hours, I'm sharing favorite new books/authors I discovered this year, in no particular order. These are not new authors by any means, just new to me.

I hope you'll share yours too, as I'm always on the lookout for the next great read. :-)

SAY WHEN by Elizabeth Berg

TWILIGHT By Stephenie Meyer



HEALING STONES by Nancy Rue and Stephen Arterburn

SWEET CAROLINE by Rachel Hauck

THE BAY AT MIDNIGHT by Diane Chamberlin

THE SHAPE OF MERCY by Susan Meissner
Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:33 PM  
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At 12:53 AM, Blogger SketchGirl said...

Love Inspired has a good variety of Authors and some new ones with books coming out in the new year, I loved Rachel Hauck, Some new authors for me is Rebeca Seitz, Camy Tang, Julie Carobini and Shelley Shepard Gray.

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

Wow, hard to believe 2008 is coming to a close.

Some of my favorite books read in 2008 include:

Redemption by M.L. Tyndall
Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck
Love Begins with Elle by Rachel Hauck
Finding Stefanie by Susan May Warren
Castles in the Sand by Sally John
Beach Dreams by Trish Perry
Single Sashimi by Camy Tang

I know there are others, but those are the ones I remember off the top of my head.

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Loved The Shape of Mercy and Love Begins with Elle. :) I haven't read the other authors, I'll have to take a look.

I discovered Anna Quindlen this year. Her book Rise and Shine is a wonderful study in metaphors and great writing. She does use a few (but a very few) words I don't care for, but the usage is slight, and the benefit of the great writing is worth skipping over those. :)

The other book, which was my Novel Journey pick of 2008 is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I interviewed one of the authors (the other passed away before the book published). The story of its writing is neat. But this is one of the best books I'ev ever read. Witty and heart warming.

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Michelle V said...

I also loved "Love Starts with Elle"! Rachel is a new favorite for me.

This weekend I just finished finished "For Better or For Worse" by Diann Hunt and I'm still laughing! It was awesome!

And right now I'm reading "Sweetwater Gap" by Denise Hunter :) and I'm loving it!

At 12:15 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...


BIRDS WITHOUT WINGS by Louis deBernieres (about Turkey).

CHASING FRANCIS by Ian Morgan Cron (about Francis of Assisi).



THREE CUPS OF TEA by Greg Mortenson and David O. Relin

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Harlan Coben books are some of my favorites. He has the most twisty turny plots that keep me guessing. I was also thrilled when a new Stephen King collection, Just After Sunset, came out. I'm a big Dean Koontz fan too and just reread The Darkest Evening of the Year.

A new author for me is Diane Chamberlain (thanks to Denise).

Another new author I've found is Greg Iiles. Terrific stories!

At 4:38 PM, Blogger OK Chick said...

Sweet Caroline is really good. Actually I've become a huge fan of Rachel Hauck. I haven't read Love Begins with Elle.
Right now, I'm reading Twilight. I want to see what all the talk is about the books.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Okay, you make me cry if you list me with Elizabeth Berg. ;)

Thanks, friend. Your encouragement means so much. But Denise, you are beautiful writer. Both in book and in person!

When I get stuck, I have a few go to authors for inspiration. You are one.

Happy New Year. Much love and many blessings.


At 1:27 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

Off your list I would agree about Love Starts with Elle and Twilight (I have yet to read any of the other book(s) in those series). They were both wonderful finds this year. I haven't heard about your other recommendations.

At 2:10 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Robin Lee Hatcher is always a favorite of mine. She writes with so much warmth.

This year I read all of Anne Tyler's books and I'm nearly done with Wally Lamb's. There are some harsh scenes in Wally's books, but somehow that makes the redemption seem so much bigger at the end.

My FIL bought me Three Cups of Tea for Christmas, but that isn't fiction. I have the Shape of Mercy here next, so I'm excited about that one.

I'm also really excited about Kristen Heintzmann's new one, which got a great review in PW. It's a postmodern, sort of "Lord of the Flies" sounding.

At 12:50 PM, Blogger ed said...



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