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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Top Reads of 2016 - Fiction


I decided to do things a little different this year...I have broken down my top reads of 2016 in a way that is probably just as confusing as can be. I beg of you to just roll with it! This year has been fantabulous when it comes to books and narrowing it down made my brain hurt! I can not believe the incredible books that I have read, the authors that I have discovered, the friends that I have made through blogging/reviewing.

Today I am listing my favorite FICTION books that I read in the year 2016. Listed alphabetically by genre, author, and then by publication date - because I am weird like that.
Contemporary
Dance Over Me - Candee Fick
Close to You - Kara Isaac
Can't Help Falling - Kara Isaac
Love Everlasting - Julie Lessman







Historical
The Thorn Bearer - Pepper D. Basham
The Thorn Keeper - Pepper D. Basham
The Thorn Healer - Pepper D. Basham
The Ringmaster's Wife - Kristy Cambron
The Captive Imposter - Dawn Crandall 
The Beautiful Pretender - Melanie Dickerson
Undaunted Hope - Jody Hedlund
Forever Safe - Jody Hedlund
Newton and Polly - Jody Hedlund
An Elegant Fa├žade - Kristi Ann Hunter
Love's Faithful Promise - Susan Anne Mason
Anchor in the Storm - Sarah Sundin
Playing the Part - Jen Turano

A Lady Unrivaled - Roseanna M. White

Novella Collection 
With This Ring?

Young Adult
The Silent Songbird - Melanie Dickerson
Leviathan Series - Scott Westerfeld







Even though there are many books that hold a special place in my heart, there are two books that have impacted more than any of the others this year. These books have made me cry multiple times, not just while reading, but months afterwards. These books are the ones that have moved my soul in such a way that I can't get their message out of my head, the characters out of my heart. They have impacted my life in ways that I can't even begin to describe. 

I fell so in love with these books that I created a new star rating in their honour. Pepper Basham and Jody Hedlund have completely blown me away this year. They have raised the bar considerably high and I can not wait to see what they bring us next.



21 comments:

Carrie Turansky said...

Wow, that an honor to see The Governess of Highland Hall on this amazing list! I loved your top two as well. I listened to Newton and Polly and was so touched by the story. Thanks for sharing your reviews and encouraging your friends to read great books! Blessings to you in the new year!

Claire Fullerton said...

I'm thrilled to see Pepper Basham on this list! I'm one of her many fans!

Carrie said...

I'm so proud of you for having some contemporary choices ;)

Pepper Basham said...

Oh Rachel, thank you so much!! I'll totally fangirl with you over The Thorn Keeper. I'm thrilled you fell in love with Catherine and David's story too. #swoonoften

And to have ALL THREE books listed??? WOW! Thank you. I'm so thankful for you

Pepper Basham said...

Oh Claire!!! Thank you! Thank you!

Rachel said...

Yay!!! More Pepper fans!

Rachel said...

Thank you Carrie!

Rachel said...

Hehe aww shucks!

Rachel said...

Well..they were just THAT good hehe! <3

Susan Anne Mason said...

Awesome list, Rachel! So honored to be on it!

Janet W. Ferguson said...

Looks like a whole bunch of books I need to make time for :)

Rachel said...

I truly adored Love's Faithful Promise Sue! Thank you for writing!

Rachel said...

There were so many good books this year! I would have put almost all the books I read on this list if I could. And this year looks to be even more exciting!

peccadillo said...

Personally, I really like how you broke up this list. It was simple and beautiful. :D

Rachel said...

Oh thank you so much! I was seriously stressing out over the format!

Sarah Sundin said...

Thank you so much, Rachel! I'm honored to see Anchor in the Storm in such fine company :)

Just Commonly said...

Fabulous list! I still need to get to mine!! =)

Dawn Crandall said...

Thank you, Rachel! I'm so glad we were able to connnect you with the books of The Everstone Chronicles! ❤

Rachel said...

And I have no doubt that your books will continue to be on my list in the years to come! <3

Rachel said...

I still have to get my nonfiction list together and a special post too hehe

Rachel said...

LOVE The Everstone Chronicles! Can't wait to read your next books ;)