Saturday, December 31, 2016

Natalie's Top Book Reads of 2016

WOW!! Can you believe it's the last day of 2016??

Have you ever experienced one of those amusement park rides where you're apprehensive at first but committed to ride because um, you've been standing in line for the better part of two hours. 😣 You get on the ride, buckled in, and immediately wonder, "Was this a good idea?" The ride pitches forward and you're like, hey, I can handle this and then it begins to climb and the doubt sets in, maybe I can't handle this-but it's too late. So you hang on. For dear life. You pray. A lot. You scream. You cry. You laugh. You cheer. Maybe you even let go and raise your hands in triumph. And when the train pulls to a stop you breathe a sigh of relief because it's over and you CONQUERED it ... Now, let's do it again!!

As much as I'd like to say that analogy only applies to my life-it very much applied to my reading life as well. So many books!! In fact, Goodreads has informed me that I've read 66 books this year!!! Y'all that is a lot of books!! I gave myself the goal of 50 and surpassed that by 132% (a percentage figure I'm trusting GR on). With that many books you can imagine I've screamed; cried; laughed; and cheered. But I'm happy to report that most of what I was ready was good. REALLY GOOD!! Which, made this list that much harder but without further ado here are my:

TOP BOOK READS of 2016:


Accelerant by Ronie Kendig

Y'all I am not a epic fantasy girl by nature but this book-this story-these characters!! This book had me dreaming of adventure and anxiously awaiting the next installment.
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Can't Help Falling by Kara Isaac

Whimsical, witty, romantic and thoughtful. I loved everything about this story and the characters!
Review Here
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Operation Zulu Redemption by Ronie Kendig

Strong. Women. Warriors. 'Nuff said ... okay, I'll say more because I absolutely love this cast of characters and the fast-pace action. This book is an intricate balance of power, loyalty, commitment, and courage.
Review Here
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A Cliche Christmas by Nicole Deese

It's like a Hallmark Christmas movie in a book!! Easily a Christmas favorite I'll read over and over.
Review Here
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From The Start by Melissa Tagg

My first introduction to author Melissa Tagg and I am smitten! If you're a fan of Hart of Dixie the Walker Family Series will delight you in every way!

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The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron

An era of mystique, wonder, and romance. This well-written, amazing story of a bygone era enchanted me the whole way through.
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 Memory Man by David Baldacci

Baldacci's newest series begins with a broken man with nothing to lose. The story voice is gripping and unlike anything Baldacci's done before.
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Like A River From Its Course by Kelli Stuart
Heart-wrenching in its truth, this fictional story on the historical events in Poland during WWII enlightened me. This is the book I hope to see in every high school library!
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 The Warrior's Seal/Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig

A two-fer, I know, but these thrilling stories pull you on a non-stop adventure across the globe with a team of specialists you won't likely forget. Ronie Kendig holds nothing back as she weaves political, religious, and historical conspiracy in a story that will leave you on the edge of your seat with every turn of the page!
Review  TWS Here CoS Here
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So there you have it!! It's been a great year for books and I'm looking forward to what 2017 is bringing in! What were your favorite book reads of 2016? What new book reads are you looking forward to in the new year?

Wishing y'all a wonderful new year blessed with joy, love, and lots and lots of reading!! 

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4 comments :

  1. What will be your first read of 2017? I am reading a nonfiction book published by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Called Hunting Camp 52, it is a memoir about a northwoods hunting camp started over 60 years ago. I gave this book to my son who is an avid hunter and thought I would read it, also, since the whole northwoods experience is part of Wisconsin's heritage.

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    1. My first reads for 2017 are actually going to be craft books on writing 😁 I've got edits to finish and a new book to plot but I've got Dead Reckoning and a Baldacci and Rosenberg book calling my name!!

      Oh, that sounds fascinating! My dad, uncles, and grandfather hunted in NM-all I remember are them leaving wayyy too early in the morning!!

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  2. We've got many of the same ones! Some really great books this year :D

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    1. We do have a lot of the same ones! There are some on your list I need to look into for this year! 😁

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