Favorite Books from 2018!

2018 was a down year for me when it came to numbers of books read. I’d set a Goodreads goal of seventy-five books, which is low for me, but I only read fifty-one. Ouch! Not even a book a week, but I guess that’s what happens when you publish three books within eight months.

But, of those fifty-one, there were several gems. Below you’ll see my Favorite and Recommended Reads from 2018.

And be sure to stop by tomorrow when I’ll share my most anticipated read for 2019!

Have you read any of these books?
What were your favorite reads from 2018?

6 thoughts on “Favorite Books from 2018!

  1. I just can’t resist commenting twice 🙂 I’m always amazed at the breadth of your reading. You don’t become defined or hemmed in by one genre. And I’m always so pleasantly shocked that I’m on your list! Thank you for being an author I admire, read, and am read by in turn!

    • You’re too kind, Laura! When it comes to books, I figure if the book is well written, the genre won’t matter. And your stories are always very well written, not only for story, but for prose and description. I’m eagerly waiting for A Bound Heart to arrive in my mail box–it’s taking too long!

  2. My favorite was Francine Rivers’ The Masterpiece – it made my Top 5 All-Time. I know you didn’t care for it, Bren, but it touched me deep. Right up there are Sibella Giorello’s novels – I know I read Stone and Sunset (one of the prequels), but off the top of my head I can’t remember if she had an “adult” Raleigh Harmon in 2018. I just know if she did, it would be on my list.

    I read a ton of novels (for me) in 2018, a few general market to scope out a few authors. They wrote well and told good stories, but the graphics ruined them for me. I reviewed most of them, but some (both Christian and secular) didn’t warrant the effort.

    You know I don’t particularly care for novellas, but your Potter House books were done so well. Also, Karin Kaufman’s Juniper Grove Mystery Series is/was a great escape. Karin’s voice is perfect for the stories.

    (Joseph Courtemanche’s Nicholas of Haiti would definitely be on the list, but I think I finished it in the New Year. 😉 )

    • Having read The Masterpiece, I can see how it resonated with you. That’s the beauty of art–it touches everyone’s heart in a different way, and I love that the feelings went deep for you.

      As for novellas, I’m not a big fan either as it’s very difficult to fully develop characters and story in so few words, so I’m tickled that you’ve found mine well done. 🙂

      I had the privilege of reading an early copy of Nicholas of Haiti–a very unique & eye-opening story. Now I need to read the final copy.

  3. Patty Rude says:

    I haven’t actually read any of these, but I have a copy of The Lacemaker in my TBR stack and several of the others on my wish list!

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