Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books of 2013
(and yes, I should of posted this one last week)

1. An Accidental Life by Pamela Binnings Ewen
Wow. This was an amazing novel about a lawyer who is caught up in a case that brings life birth abortions to the public's attention. It educated me, since I had never stopped to consider what happens when a baby that was meant to be aborted is born alive. It's horrible! I recommend that you look it up.

2. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
Okay, so I was a little miffed at first that this story seemed ripped off of Daddy Long Legs,  but then I got into it. While Jean Webster will always have a special place in my heart, but I have to say that novels from that time didn't grab one on an emotional level. Well, this story does. The main character is so realistic and she wins one over from the get go.

3. The Cutting Edge by Ace Collins
This novel got me to thinking a lot about beauty and how we as a society perceive beautiful people. It's thought provoking.

4. The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate
It has long been a dream of mine to discover something like the prayer boxes in this novel. The main character comes across oodles of boxes in an old house that contain the story of the older woman who lived there. I usually like Lisa Wingate's stories, but found this one to be exceptional.

5.  Invisible by Ginny L. Yttrup
Another thought provoking novel, this one about several different woman and their struggles with weight. I thought that it was interesting and well handled.

6. The Church Builder by A.L. Shields
 It took me a bit to get into this novel, but when I did, I found that I liked the twists and turns of the story. It left off on a cliff hanger though, so now I have to try and wait patiently for the continuation of the story.:D 

7. Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden
I like this author's novels, since they are a nice reads loaded with historical novels. Ms. Camden breaths life to historical events, such as the Chicago fire. I think I have read all but her first book (which is on my kindle, so I should read it soon....).

8. The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen
I have a confession to make when it comes to Julie Klassen's novels. I had read a couple of them before and found that they were filled with to much drama for me. I don't know why I decided to pick up this one (wait, scratch that, it was offered on netgalley.com, so I thought I would give her another chance), but I am glad that I did, since it was different from her previous books. I loved the story, as it was a lot like a Jane Austen novel and had wonderful secondary characters.

9. Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell
Another Regency style book that I found enjoyable! I loved the characters and the spy element of the story.

10. A Cast of Stones by Patrick Carr
If I had to pick one book from this past year that I loved, this would be it.;) I like that it is a clever fantasy style book that has more than one character. It is the start of a trilogy; the third book comes out soon! I can't wait.:)

So, there you have it. A week late, but that is my list of favorites from the past year.


  1. Very interesting blog!!! My parents always told me not to play with food, but by looking on food photography, I think they might be wrong. For me food, is always one of the greatest inspirations, very tasty inspiration: )!!! Do you also think so?

  2. I love top ten Tuesday! Book lists are great fun to see.