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.


Heart Song – Book Review

Heart Song

Heart Song

Author: Desiree Williams

Genre: Christian Fantasy

227 pages

Kindle, paperback (June)


Heart Song – Book 1 Blurb


In Aldonnia, the evil of Varkadon overflows its borders. War ravages the lands…

For as long as eighteen year-old Alanna can remember she’s lived in hiding, sealed off from the outside world. Despite a future built around a steadfast rule of seclusion, Alanna dreams of the impossible. Of a life outside of her parents’ cabin. A life with more for company than just birds and woodland creatures. A life she knows deep down is impossible for someone with gifts like hers.

That all changes the day Alanna finds a man floating face down in a stream. Despite her parents’ warnings, Alanna pulls the injured man out of the water and heals him with her elemental talents. Just another good deed. Until the man wakes and Alanna realizes so much more has happened than simply a life saved. The healing she performed on the stranger bound her soul to Jerric, the prince of Aldonnia.

Alanna’s heart wants to keep the prince, but duty and destiny intervene. Alanna’s world is rocked as her parents are lost. Left in the care of family she didn’t know, Alanna learns more than she wanted to about the evil threatening the lands. There is much more behind her parents’ drive to protect. Alanna learns her gifts were bestowed in order to fulfill a greater purpose. A greater calling. One her enemies seek to destroy at all cost.

Alanna’s choice is clear. To either ignore her destiny and remain hidden, or boldly fight to keep what sings to her heart.

My thoughts:

Heart Song by Desiree Williams is the first book in the Heart Song Trilogy. It has the element of a fairy tale. It’s enchanting and makes you want to turn one more page. One point that I’m so thankful for is the author used names I could pronounce. Many science fiction and fantasy authors create names that are impossible to remember how to pronounce and it distracts from the story. Williams made it easy to focus on the spellbinding supernatural tale.

My favorite part is when Alanna and Jerric go into the town and he wants to buy her everything, but she sees a woman and perceives that her landlord is terrorizing her and her daughter. Alanna tells her she will help her and she uses her powers and captures the man. She also buys all the lady’s wares and provides work for the daughter in the castle. I loved the descriptions of all the clothing.

The characters were super. Alanna is strong, a warrior, and Jerric so loving. My favorite characters were Alanna’s Aunt Tala and Jarek’s sister Laelynn. I regard this book highly for it’s references to the Lord of Heaven. For a quick read and a treasured story, I recommend this book and look forward to the rest of this trilogy.

HS giveaway

To celebrate her new book Desiree Williams is giving away a package consisting of an origami owl necklace representing the main character, Alanna, a $10 Amazon gift card, and a $10 iTunes gift card.

To enter this giveway click here →a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner of the giveaway will be selected randomly via Rafflecopter and announced on the author’s blog site and Facebook account the morning of Jun 13th.

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