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.

So, let me share with you the best books I’ve read so far this year—ones I haven’t already mentioned that earned a 5-star rating from me, listed in no particular order.

My Best Reads: Fiction Books

After a Fashion1. After a Fashion (A Class of Their Own 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.

Lassoed in Texas2. Lassoed in Texas series by Mary Connealy.

The second book in this series might be my favorite, and it led to the Montana Marriages series, and the two combine in the Sophie’s Daughters series (the first book is another top favorite is this set of nine books). Be prepared for good handling of some tough topics and lots of giggles.

The Silver Chalice3.The Silver Chalice by Thomas Costain.

This is a classic that I grabbed from my Dad’s library when he was cleaning off his shelves. It was interesting to read about biblical characters of the early New Testament in this story about Basil, a young silversmith commissioned by the apostle Luke and Joseph of Arimathea to fashion a holder for the cup Jesus used at the Last Supper.

The Centurion's Wife4. The Centurion’s Wife by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke.

A wonderful story set in early New Testament times. The cast of characters and events reminded me somewhat of Lloyd Douglas’s book, The Robe. Yet instead of focusing on the Centurion at the foot of the cross, this story pivots around a centurion somewhat outside the events of the day.

My Best Reads: Nonfiction Books

Discerning the Voice of God1. Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer.

I’ve now read this book three times, once by myself and twice with a group. The author thoroughly discusses the topic without going overboard. She keeps it simple and easy to apply without making me feel stupid or inadequate. Her examples were perfect, and she regularly had me reaching for my highlighter so I would remember something she said. I highly recommend this to any Christian who more confidently wants to hear God speak in their lives.

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

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.

Traveling Light3. Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Intended to Bear by Max Lucado.

I’m not big on poetry, so reading the Psalms is often difficult for me. Yet this book pulled out the promises of the Twenty Third Psalm in such way that I enjoyed it all. I learned some of the deep, heart-changing truths that are easy to overlook in the simplistic wording and cultural differences.

What about You?

Now that I’ve shared my best books of the year, will you share yours in the comments below? I want to know what I may be missing out on!


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