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Sunday, December 20, 2009

It's time for my annual Favorite Books of the Year! Aren't you thrilled? These days, if I can get through a book, it's automatically a favorite. Oh, how I miss the days of being content to read any novel my fingers stumble upon.

In no particular order--hey, it was hard enough to narrow it to ten:

The Host by Stephanie Meyer (A strange speculative fiction story that somehow held me captive anyway)

The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner (Compelling romance and history in a contemporary setting)

The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck (A heartwarming Christmas story)

Windless Summer by Heather Sharfeddin (An engaging tale of a man and his mute daughter)

Love Starts with Elle by Rachel Hauck (A fresh contemporary romance)

Vision in White by Nora Roberts (Could've done without the bedroom scenes, but it's a romantic, captivating story)

Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin (A well-told tale of three generations of women)

The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand (Intriguing story about a murder amongst a group of Nantucket couples.)

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah (A touching tale of friendship)

Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer (3rd installment of the Twilight Series)

That's my top ten. Of course, I'm telling you all this in hopes you'll share your favorites, which just might make my list for 2010.

The photo is our youngest son and our dog, Daisy, after our first snow on Saturday. Have a merry Christmas, friends!

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Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:04 PM  
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At 9:45 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I can't remember what I ate for breakfast this morning let alone come up with ten favorite books for the year. But I will say I've enjoyed the knitting books by Kate Jacobs. "Friday Night Knitting Club," and right now I'm reading, "Knit the Season."

I really liked Debbie Macomber's latest book "One Simple Act!"

At 8:47 PM, Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

Last January, a friend and I made a pact to read Les Miserables together. (I believe it was one of those self-improvement, lose 20 lbs, be a better person sort of things that are induced by too many indulgences over Christmas...)
Anyway, long story somewhat shortened, she quit the book to go on a missions trip to Rwanda. (The lengths that girl will go through to get out of something!) I couldn't come up with anything nearly as good, so I ended up slogging through it.
And it was the best book I've ever read in my life, save the Bible. Yeah, I was shocked too!
I can't say I'm a better person for having read it, but it WAS an accomplishment. This January, however, I'm not getting suckered into another "deal" like that...

Can't wait to read the suggestions, here!

At 4:16 AM, Blogger SketchGirl said...

I've read a lot of books this year hmm favourites
1. Single Sashimi by Camy Tang
2. The making of a gentleman by Ruth Axtell Morren
3. The Passion most pure, A Passion Denied and A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman
4. The Widow's Secret by Sara Mitchell
5. Along came a cowboy by Christine Lynxwiler
6. Charles Towne Belles - The Red Siren and The Blue Enchantress by M L Tyndall
7. The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn
8. The Watchman by Mark Mynheir
9. Sisters Ink, Coming Unglued and Scrapping Plans by Rebecca Seitz
10. Sweetwater Gap by Denise Hunter
11. Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones
12. The Jewel of Gresham Green by Lawana Blackwell

At 4:11 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, girls! I'll have to try some of your favorites! Except for your #10, SketchGirl. Already read that one.

At 8:37 PM, Blogger SketchGirl said...

The author did a really great job with that book don't you think ;)

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

It took me a while to get back to you on this because I had to go through my list. So far I've read 101 books in 2009. I'm hoping for more than that in 2010. I kept track of them all on my blog so I printed the list out and then narrowed it down. These are in no particular order:

Get Cozy Josey by Susan May Warren
Ruby's Slippers by Leanna Ellis
Sky Blue by Travis Thrasher
Dear Mom by Melody Carlson
Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo
For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn (I try to read this at least once a year!)
Kiss Me if You Dare by Nicole Young
She's In A Better Place by Angela Hunt
Limelight by Melody Carlson
On A Someday by Roxanne Henke

And as an honorable mention, my choice for my favorite new author "find" of the year: Jenny B Jones. I LOVE her books!
The Katie Parker Production series (In Between, On the Loose, The Big Picture) and A Charmed Life series (So Not Happening and I'm So Sure) are great YA novels that this 40 year old mom adored. Just Between You And Me is her "adult" novel which was just as good.

My other surprise was discovering Travis Thrasher. If you haven't read Sky Blue you need to. AMAZING book!

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Wow! I'm honored!!

Hey Di, I spent some time with Debbie Macomber last week. She's amazing.

Merry Christams GirlsWriteOut! Love you all!


At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exciting. I just stumbled on this blog since a friend recently gave me one of Colleen Coble's books. I have now read two of hers which I think belong on my 2009 list. I'm just so excited to see what other ladies have read. Anyway, here's my list. . .(also, no particular order)
Kiss- T Dekker
The List- R Whitlow
Lonestar Sanctuary- C Coble
An Irish Country Doctor- P Taylor
Wedding Ring- E Richards
Next- M Crighton
Eclipse- S Meyer

At 7:22 PM, Blogger heather said...

Thank you for choosing my book! That's very cool.


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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