I know most of you are readers and like to hear about great new books or authors. Every couple of months, I try to review one of the great books I’ve read, but I read far more than that. Wondering what my best reads are this year?

Well, here you go! Below are the best books I’ve read this year (ones I didn’t do individual book review posts on) that earned a 5-star rating from me, listed with my most favorite first.

Side note: If you want to know what I think of more books, check out the books I’ve review on my blog by clicking here OR join me on GoodReads by clicking here!

My Best Reads: Fiction Books

The Healer's Apprentice1. Hagenheim series by Melanie Dickerson.

I love fairy tales. Cinderella has always been my favorite, but I also enjoy many of the others. And yes, I’ve read the old Grimm Brothers and Anderson versions. In the Hagenheim series, Melanie Dickerson has updated them to the 1300s. She stays true to the original stories but also casts her own beautiful tales around them, interweaving them in wondrous ways. This is a series I imagine I’ll return to read again and again. (The series starts with The Healer’s Apprentice.)

Behind the Scenes2. Apart from the Crowd series by Jen Turano.

I love Jen Turano’s ability to create lovable characters that innocently embroil themselves in the worst kinds of laugh-out-loud circumstances. More than once, my family looked at me oddly as I giggled beside them completely lost in the story. This was a great blend of romance, snarkiness, and fun with just a touch of mystery and a sappy ending perfect for an enjoyable afternoon. (The series starts wtih Behind the Scenes.)

A Defense of Honor3. Haven Manor series by Kristi Ann Hunter.

This series dives into a side of life that polite society doesn’t necessarily want to talk about, even today. Yet Kristi Ann Hunter handles it with care, honor, and grace while delivering great stories that kept me reading. The stories were wonderful, the characters delightful, and the relationships between the friends beautiful. The third book doesn’t release until February, but I’m sure I’ll pick it up to finish off this excellent series. (The series starts with a free novella called A Search for Refuge. The first full-length novel is A Defense of Honor.)

My Best Reads: Nonfiction Books

The Armor of God1. The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer.

I went through this study with my small group, and its impact was powerful! We all immediately came under attack from our enemy, but we saw it for what it was and determined to fight through. We gained ground in so many ways, both as individuals and as a group. While we’ve discussed several books together and the various members have undertaken many studies, this one was highly impactful in tangible aas well as in intangible ways.

Christ's Discipleship Deal2. Christ’s Discipleship Deal by Richard Christenson.

I mentioned this one in July, but the message within its pages still resonates with me. A passion for both Christ and people flow from each page while the author earnestly calls for Christians to consider their approach to those around them. Jesus never offered a watered-down Gospel, even when He knew that the person would accept an easier assignment but reject the full calling of God. We should do no less.

Blink3. Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

I wasn’t entirely sure what to think about this book before I listened to it, but the idea intrigued me and the description drew me in. Now, not only do I understand myself better, from why I make some of the choices I do to why I react a certain way in some situations, but I understand those around me better as well. I can more easily look behind other’s actions to begin to grasp how much is truly going on, often without their full cognition, deep within their minds—and mine as well.


What about You?

Did your To Read List just grow a little? Or a lot? Find this post on my Facebook page or Tweet me @CarrieDaws to tell me what makes your Best Reads for 2018.


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