Top 10 Best Books I’ve Read So Far This Year


It’s Tuesday so it must be time for The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten.  This week the theme is Top 10 Best Books I’ve Read So Far This Year.

I’ve only read 38 so far and this is my list from that 38. (in no particular order)


1.  Between Us Girls by Sally John

I got this from NetGalley and really didn’t know what to expect, but I loved it and am waiting on the sequel.

18143789 (1) 2.  The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley

I read the Orchard House by Riley, so was waiting for this one to come out.  Didn’t disappoint me. Loved it.  Probably my favorite so far this year.


  3.  Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein

Great ideas!  Want to go back and read it again it was that good!

8442457 (1) 4.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Loved the twists and turns in this novel.  Hope the movie version with Ben Affleck is just as good.

Beggars or Angels

5.  Beggars or Angels: How a Single Mother Triumphed Over War, Welfare and Cancer to Become a Successful Philanthropist by Rosemary Tran Lauer with Scott Beller

This was very surprising. So much inspiration in one book and very well written.


6.  The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children by Stormie Omartian

Every parent, young or old, should have a copy of this.


7.  Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

Historical fiction, chick lit, and I got a whole book list from this book.

Heart Song

8. Heart Song by Desiree Williams

The world needs more Christian fantasy like this.  Great story. Lovely descriptions.


Team Us by Ashleigh Slater

I love this book and I’m not even married.  The author is so personable.  I want to make her my new best friend.

the stand

The Stand by Stephen King

Technically I’m not finished with it yet, but I know it will be one of my top ten.  This is the updated version.


Between Us Girls – Book Review


Between Us Girls
Author: Sally John
Publisher: Harvest House, July 1, 2014
352 pages
Paperback, Kindle
Christian Fiction


Between Us Girls is the first book in a new heartwarming series (Family of the Heart series) by Sally John.

The novel builds as you read it and eventually you just can’t put it down. The characters are what makes this book great. Jasmyn Albright is the main character who feels she just can’t fit in anywhere, but there is also Sam, Liv, Keagan, Chad and Beau. During the novel each character grows. The novel is set in communities in California and Illinois.

I liked this book because it was different from anything I had ever read. There is a Christian slant to it, but it definitely is not preachy.The plot was well thought out and it and moves very quickly.

The main setting, Casa de Vida, is a place I’d love to live. The characters are far from picture
perfect. They could be people you’d know in your own community.There is an element of romance, but it is not the main theme. I would recommend it.

A complimentary copy of this book was given to me from Harvest House through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Other books by Sally John
The Beach House, 2006
Heart Echoes, 2012
Moment of Truth, 2005
A Journey By Chance, 2008
Desert Gift, 2011
Just to See You Smile, 2008
Castles in the Sand, 2006
A Time to Mend: Safe Harbors Book One, 2008
In a Heartbeat, 2004
The Winding Road Home, 2008
A Time to Gather: A Safe Harbor Novel, 2008
Flash Point, 2004
A Time to Surrrender: Safe Harbor, Book #3, 2009
Ransomed Dreams, 2010
After All These Years, 2008
Surrender of the Heart, 1999
In the Shadow of Love, 1998
To Dream Again, 2000