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Friday, December 31, 2010

Top 10 Books for 2010

Wow looking back at some of the books I've been blessed with the opportunity to read and review for the publishers this year is so unbelievable. I started off with a goal of at least 100 books to read this year. I think I saw it on another blog somewhere and thought, in today's technology era, where we are passing up social interactions for virtual ones, I'd go back to basics and pick up my love of reading. Here's my reality...I read a total of 242 books last year!!!

Being a strong Christian woman, I challenged myself to step outside my genre of choice and read anything a publisher asked me to read. I have to admit in choosing my top 10 was harder than I imagined, but I chose the ones that, for me, this year, were life changing, or completely touched my heart and brought me to tears. These are also books I will read more than once, which is why they rank as my personal top 10 picks. I have provided the links on each if you wish to see the review on them once again, or you became a faithful follower after I had reviewed the books. In no certain order here are my selections for 2010:

A Season Of Miracles by Rusty Whitener - for those who love baseball and the story of hope a child brings when he joins the team is guaranteed to make you cry.

A Time To Embrace by Karen Kingsbury
- what faith in God does to unite a family on the verge of divorce and an unforeseen tragedy offers in a lesson of forgiveness. Don't miss this one.

Snow Day by Billy Coffey
- What happens in the life of one man will show us that we all touch one anothers lives in a variety of ways. A soon-to-be Christmas classic.

Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe by Irene Brand and Anita Higman - Two Christmas stories are combined in this book to show the magic of hope and faith in the lives of the people they touch during a unforgettable Christmas.

The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven by Alex and Kevin Malarkey - a true story of a miracle that happened when a family was involved in a car accident and just what happened after that.

Resurrection In May by Lisa Samson - A strange and wonderous friendship ignites the fire of love in May Seymour's life. May Seymour graduated from college with the world at her feet and no idea what to do with it. She's about to find her purpose in a most unusual way.

David and Goliath, The Guardian Angel Chronicles by Bryan Hathaway - David Liberty is a broken, lonely, and embittered old man. With his mind still intact but trapped in a failing body, doomed to spend his last days in a nursing home, David welcomes his impending death—his escape from life. All that changes when he is visited by an angel, Joelle, who confronts his past failings and offers David a second chance at life.

Hurricanes In Paradise by Denise Hildreth
- When Riley Sinclair stepped into her new job as director of guest relations at a posh resort on Paradise Island, she felt the final pieces of her once-broken life coming together. But the waters become choppy when Riley discovers that some who come to the Atlantis Hotel are accompanied by paralyzing secrets and overwhelming fears. Riley and three guests are in desperate but unknowing need of each other, eventually forging unlikely yet powerful friendships. With a hurricane headed straight for the island, together they embark on a journey of laughter, heartache, and healing.

Blind Hope by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher - An unwanted dog. An emotional rescue. Two lives forever changed. A true story that will change your life forever in how you see animals in your life.

The Noticer by Andy Andrews - Orange Beach, Alabama is a simple town filled with simple people. But like all humans on the planet, the good folks of Orange Beach have their share of problems - marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as the many other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses. Fortunately, when things look the darkest - a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up. An elderly man with white hair, of indiscriminate age and race, wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt and leather flip flops carrying a battered old suitcase, Jones is a unique soul. Communicating what he calls "a little perspective," Jones explains that he has been given a gift of noticing things that others miss.

There are certainly so many others that are now permanent members in my own library that I will keep and read over and over again but for now, these, my dearest followers, are my personal picks of 2010. I hope you pick one or all of them up and let them take you away, inspire you and touch your heart. May you all have a blessed and very Happy New Year in 2011!

Please share what you found enjoyable about coming here in 2010 with me as a way to close out 2010!


  1. Wow over 200 books! How did you find the time to read so many.

  2. I read several that were in your top ten, and agree they were great books! Karen Kingsbury is always tops, but I also enjoyed Blind Hope, and Snow Day as well. I look forward to reading more of your reviews in the upcoming year! Happy New Year!


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