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Best of 2013

I was a reading overachiever this year, not only accomplishing the goal I set out for myself, but exceeding it by 44%! There were many excellent books, but a few really stood out. Here were my favorite titles by genre from 2013.

Historical Fiction
So Shines The Night by Tracy Higley

Set in Ephesus during the events of Acts 19, Tracy brings the Bible and ancient history to life. You feel like you are there. It's particularly challenging to fictionalize a Bible account, but Tracy succeeds magnificently.

Young Adult Fiction and Speculative Fiction
Anomaly by Krista McGee

Normally I separate these categories, but "Anomaly" wins both easily. In the futuristic world when nuclear war has destroyed most of the planet and humans are genetically engineered for specific tasks, Thalli realizes that there's more than the sterile world around her. If her differences and longings are discovered, it will require her death.

Contemporary Fiction
Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman

Lily is entering the middle of her life when she finds out that she has an identical twin sister living in Australia. Taking one of the first risks she has ever tried, Lily sets off the find the sister who was separated by adoption. This novel beautifully touched on many aspects of family relationships and the hurt and hope that many struggle with in this area.

You Were Born For More by Harry R. Jackson Jr.

I wasn't so sure about reading this book, but God got the last laugh on this one. Bishop Jackson brings out straightforward truths which would be beneficial to every believer to grasp and implement in their lives.

Classic Literature
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

For this year it could be nothing besides "Les Miserables." Not just because it was the only classic I read this year (hey, it's 1450+ pages!), but because I drew so much inspiration from it.

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Jan. 1st, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
Absolutely love your book selections! I've actually been looking forward to seeing them on your post so I can check them out at the library or buy them at the store. Though I probably won't ever really read as much as you do! (Too many text books and bible studies to read a head of pleasure reading.) But it's good to see what is out there. I love young Adult fiction. "The Fortunes of Indigo Skye" by Deb Caletti was my latest young adult book I just finished. It's about a young teen who became very rich after one simple act of kindness. She had to think about how best to use the money. It was a very neat ending to the book! It's a thoughtful book so I had to put it down several times to consume it. But it was goo.d =)
Jan. 5th, 2014 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the encouragement, Tara! I love spreading the joys of good books. :-)

I have heard of "The Fortunes of Indigo Skye," but I didn't know what it is about. Thank you for the recommendation. It sounds good!
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