December 24, 2015

Best Books of 2015

Those of you that actually read my blog know that this past year I started reviewing books for a website. Part way through the year I actually switched review websites so in case you missed that switch I'm now reviewing on a site called Booktalk which is a subsidiary of Fiction411.com. You should definitely check out both sites.

Because of this new found hobby of reviewing books for a website I started reading even more than ever before and made myself a lofty goal of 180 books for the year on Goodreads. And I am excited to announce I made it and am actually starting my 181st book of the year today!

You can find all of my year to date reviews for Booktalk here: http://booktalk.fiction411.com/author/denise/

Some of the books I read this year I LOVED so much that I'm super excited to tell you I came up with a list of the 20 best books I read this year! For the most part these are in no certain order...except the first one which was by far my favorite of the whole year :)


Taken by Dee Henderson
1. Dee Henderson is my all-time favorite author. I read Taken in one sitting and then proceeded to read it AGAIN! You can read my review here: http://booktalk.fiction411.com/fiction/taken/

Married 'til Monday by Denise Hunter
2. Denise Hunter was a new to me author this year but I love her books so much and have even gone back to read some of her older ones too! This whole series was amazing and comes highly recommended. You can read my review here: http://booktalk.fiction411.com/fiction/married-til-monday/

Drawing Fire by Janice Cantore.

3. I've read all of Janice Cantore's books and loved them all. She is a former police officer and writes from her own experience with vivid detail! Her books are real page turners. You can read my review here: http://gallopinto2.blogspot.com/2015/08/drawing-fire.html

Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke
 4. After reading Saving Amelie I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and she didn't disappoint! You can read my review here: http://gallopinto2.blogspot.com/2015/09/secrets-she-kept.html

Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin.
 5. I'm embarrassed to say that even though she writes in one of my favorite genres this is my first Sundin novel...but I guarantee all of her others are on my to-be-read pile! You can read my review here: http://gallopinto2.blogspot.com/2015/08/through-waters-deep.html 

By Your Side by Candace Calvert

6. This is your clean novel version of Grey's Anatomy written by a former ER nurse! If you like medical drama you'll love her books! You can read my review here: http://gallopinto2.blogspot.com/2015/03/by-your-side.html 

Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey

7. Really this whole Alaskan Courage series... Just the right mix of adventure and romance! You can read my review here: http://gallopinto2.blogspot.com/2015/01/sabotaged.html

The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert

8. You might need a box of kleenex for this one but it is an amazing and powerful read especially if you have struggled with loss. You can read my review here: http://gallopinto2.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-art-of-losing-yourself.html

Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy

9. This book is full of humor, adventure and romance set in historical fiction. You can read my review here and find out why I loved it so much: http://gallopinto2.blogspot.com/2015/10/fire-ice.html

A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

10. This is another historical book full of adventure, humor and romance. You can read my review here: http://gallopinto2.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-worthy-pursuit.html


Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter
11. You know an author is good when you find TWO of her books on my list! Read my review here: http://booktalk.fiction411.com/fiction/falling-like-snowflakes/


A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade
12. I didn't write a review on a blog for this one but my friend Amy at Booktalk did! Check out her review here: http://booktalk.fiction411.com/fiction/a-love-like-ours/

The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren

13. This whole Christiansen Family series was amazing. I didn't write a review for this one myself but please check out my friend Kelly's review here: http://booktalk.fiction411.com/fiction/the-wonder-of-you/

One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg

14. This is a novella. And if you know me well you know I HATE novellas because they just aren't long enough... but this one was SO GOOD that it makes my list of top books of the year! I couldn't put how much I loved it into words without spoiling it but you can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/One-Enchanted-Christmas-contemporary-inspirational-ebook/dp/B017V6PZGO

And a few honorable mentions that were 4.5 stars...

15. From the Start by Melissa Tagg: http://gallopinto2.blogspot.com/2015/03/from-start.html
16. Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas: http://booktalk.fiction411.com/fiction/until-the-harvest/
17. Jaded by Varina Denman: http://booktalk.fiction411.com/fiction/jaded/
18. Better All the Time by Carre Armstrong Gardner: http://booktalk.fiction411.com/fiction/better-all-the-time/ 
19. London Tides by Carla Laureano: http://gallopinto2.blogspot.com/2015/07/london-tides.html

And a final honorable mention since it was technically released in 2014 in electronic format and paperback in 2015

20. The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall: http://booktalk.fiction411.com/fiction/the-bound-heart/