Best of Books

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Here’s my top 10 best fiction books of 2013

As I looked back at the 70+ books I read this year it was hard to pick 10 of my favorites, there are so many wonderful authors. I hope if you haven’t read some of these you will take time to check them out. They are well worth it!


Number 10 – Dangerous Stage by Camy Tang

My Review-I really like the main character, Tessa. She comes from a rough background and knows how to hurt people. Yet having become a Christian in prison she knows she can’t go back to her previous occupation. The thing that appeals to me in this book is how Tessa isn’t perfect. She struggles with her past and learning how to forgive others. The story is full of action and there are some lighthearted fun moments in the story as well. This is a book two and could be read independently of book one, but I would recommend reading them in order.

Number 9 – The Crystal Scepter by C.S. Lakin

My Review-This entire series has been a beautiful escape. This is a story where we meet an extremely cruel King who attempts to destroy any threats to his kingdom. The thing I like about this book as well as the rest of the series is the author does a beautiful job painting the story with her words. It is easy to visualize this lands. Each story is independent to the others yet there is also a character or mention of a story that ties to the other stories. You could start with any of the books and enjoy them.

Number 8 – The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots by Karla Atkins

My Review-I loved the book by just it’s title! The story itself was worth a top 10 placement. The story definitely had some funny moments but it was not all giggles. The author deals with some pertinent topics for the day. The main character has a son with autism as well as a teenager struggling to figure out who he is. The author also tackles the difficulties pastors face in older established churches. (A topic near and dear to my heart). This story made me laugh and cry.

Number 7 – Singularity by Steven James

My Review– In this story we know at least one of the bad guys (there’s hints that there may be another one) and we know what he’s capable of and that sets the reader on edge. I found myself thinking “Who is he going to torture THAT way?” I also like the direction the author is taking the characters and will be fun to see where it all ends up.

Number 6 – Dark Justice by Brandilyn Collins

My Review-Collins is a master storyteller. In this story the good Samaritan finds herself in the middle of a terrorist attack with no idea who she can really trust. To add to Hannah’s stress she has to deal with her mother’s declining mental health and unpredictable mood swings. Staying true to her Seatbelt Suspense this story is fast paced. This is one of those stories that will make you think of the “What ifs” especially if you read the author’s notes on how she came up with the story idea.

Number 5 – The Scum of All Fears by Christy Barritt

My Review-This is another series that I love the main character. Gabby St. Clair is full of spunk as she finds herself in the middle of trouble. She also became a Christian during book two so you get to see her struggle to live out her faith. Each story in the series has been good, but this one the author took it to the next level in regards to the tension. The good news is it looks like there will be more in this series!This is a series and I’d highly recommend checking them all out, you will get the fullest experience.

Number 4 – The Days of Noah by Virginia Smith

My Review-This may be the only book that I’ve ever dreamed about, so it had to be in the top ten. It was also a very interesting book. We all know about Noah and his three sons, but we know little else about the circumstances surrounding the building of the ark. The author takes us an engaging journey of what that time might have looked like. I loved the characters, especially Shem. A man of integrity but one that struggled with temptation. Such a great story.

Number 3 – Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock

My Review– A new series by Terri Blackstock is always a good thing and this book didn’t disappoint. As always, the author keeps you guessing and who is really behind the murder. The characters are interesting and likable. It’s a quick read and will leave you wanting more.

Number 2 – Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales by Randy Singer

My Review-First off, the title is just awesome! (This, of course, coming from a Disneyland fan) but the story itself was excellent. The author kept you guessing to the very end. The mystery aspect of it was well done. The author gives clues throughout the story but it was easy to miss a critical one. The ending itself was absolutely amazing. Didn’t see it coming which makes it a great book.

Number 1 – Damascus Countdown by Joel C. Rosenberg

My Review– This wasn’t a hard decision. As with the first two books in the series, this story grabbed me from the opening pages to the very end. Part of the appeal in this book is how many of the events here mirror what is happening in our world today. I love the main character, David Shirazi. He is smart, tough, full of integrity, and a developing Christian.This is definitely a book that you want to read the first two before reading the third.

Bonus Pick – Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

My Review-Originally this was my number one pick, then I realized although I read it for the first time this year, it didn’t come out in 2013, so I decided to make it my bonus pick.This was an amazing story of love, forgiveness, and second chances. Michael Hosea is a man after God’s own heart. Likewise, Angel, represents us very well. Stubborn and full of corruption. We all need God’s love and forgiveness. Absolutely LOVED this story. The author’s style just pulls you in.

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