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.

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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.


Gone Girl – Book Review

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Gone Girl
Author – Gillian Flynn
Publication: June 2012
434 pages
Psychological Thriller
Hardback, paperback, kindle, audio


Book Description from Goodreads

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?


My thoughts

My online book club was reading this psychological thriller for their monthly selection so I thought okay, sounds good, I’ll give it a try.

The book moves from New York City to a small town in Missouri.  I liked the way the book would switch from Nick’s perspective to Amy’s. I didn’t like Nick from the beginning, but by the end of the book I felt sorry for him. At first it seemed to be copying the Laci and Scott Peterson crime. Boy, Was I really off base! It’s really hard to describe the book without giving anything away. I would have liked to have seen the character of Go developed more and I liked Boney. I’d like to see her in another book. The plot was wonderful.

However I think it would have been just as good if the foul language had been omitted. Despite what some authors may think, all people do not talk like that, nor do I feel that it would have hurt the character semblance. But that’s just my personal opinion.

How can I describe Flynn’s writing? Think Hitchcock or Patricia Highsmith.

This book was nominated for 2013 Barry Award for Best Novel.

I don’t know if I would read the book again. I have anxiety disorder and this book made me very, very anxious.

Other books by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places: A Novel, 2009, 452 pages
Sharp Objects: A Novel, 2009, 272 pages