Top 10 Tuesday – Favorite Reads From The Past 3 Years

3 Mar

It’s Tuesday, so it must be another Top 10! This week’s topic is Top 10 all time favorite reads from the past three years. That’s a hard one! To check out all the other bloggers and their favorite books, click HERE.

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MY TOP 10 FAVORITE NOVELS FROM 2013-2015

(In no particular order)

I like all kinds of books, so my list includes a variety of genres — mystery, historical fiction, literary fiction, YA, etc.

mirandawarning_fc_smallMiranda Warning by Miranda Day Gilbert (mystery)

Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache. The Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her. But when an anonymous warning note shows up in her best friend Miranda’s mailbox — a note written in a dead woman’s handwriting — Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia. Hot on a cold trail, she must use limited clues and her keen insight into human nature to unmask the killer…or the next victim might be Tess herself. Tinged with the supernatural and overshadowed by the mountains’ lush, protective presence, this twisting psychological mystery is the first in A Murder in the Mountains series.

731472Burning Sky by Lori Benton (historical fiction)

Abducted by Mohawk Indians at fourteen and renamed Burning Sky, Willa Obenchain is driven to return to her family’s New York frontier homestead after many years building a life with the People. At the boundary of her father’s property, Willa discovers a wounded Scotsman lying in her path. Feeling obliged to nurse his injuries, the two quickly find much has changed during her twelve-year absence—her childhood home is in disrepair, her missing parents are rumored to be Tories, and the young Richard Waring she once admired is now grown into a man twisted by the horrors of war and claiming ownership of the Obenchain land.

When her Mohawk brother arrives and questions her place in the white world, the cultural divide blurs Willa’s vision. Can she follow Tames-His-Horse back to the People now that she is no longer Burning Sky? And what about Neil MacGregor, the kind and loyal botanist who does not fit into in her plan for a solitary life, yet is now helping her revive her farm? In the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, strong feelings against “savages” abound in the nearby village of Shiloh, leaving Willa’s safety unsure.

Willa is a woman caught between two worlds. As tensions rise, challenging her shielded heart, the woman called Burning Sky must find a new courage–the courage to again risk embracing the blessings the Almighty wants to bestow. Is she brave enough to love again?

the-butterfly-and-the-violin-e1400461439664The Butterfly And The Violin by Kristy Cambron (historical/contemporary fiction)

Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl—a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes.

In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover, the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul, who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together, Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting’s subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron.

A darling of the Austrian aristocracy, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire.

As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: in the grim camps of Auschwitz and in the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.

688226The Devil Walks in Mattingly by Billy Coffey (literary fiction)

It has been twenty years since Philip McBride’s body was found along the riverbank in the dark woods known as Happy Hollow. His death was ruled a suicide. But three people have carried the truth ever since—Philip didn’t kill himself that day. He was murdered.

Each of the three have wilted in the shadow of their sins. Jake Barnett is Mattingly’s sheriff, where he spends his days polishing the fragile shell of the man he pretends to be. His wife, Kate, has convinced herself the good she does for the poor will someday wash the blood from her hands. And high in the mountains, Taylor Hathcock lives in seclusion and fear, fueled by madness and hatred.

Yet what cannot be laid to rest is bound to rise again. Philip McBride has haunted Jake’s dreams for weeks, warning that he is coming back for them all. When Taylor finds mysterious footprints leading from the Hollow, he believes his redemption has come. His actions will plunge the quiet town of Mattingly into darkness. These three will be drawn together for a final confrontation between life and death . . . Between truth and lies.

badgroundsmBad Ground by Dale Cramer (literary fiction)

Poignant and thought provoking, this is a down-to-earth, sometimes humorous novel filled with suspense, action, redemption, and even romance. Seventeen-year-old Jeremy Prine decides to honor his mother’s dying wish and seek out his estranged uncle who was badly burned in the accident that killed Jeremy’s father. He ¹nds the man working as a hard-rock miner in the south, an extremely dangerous occupation. His uncle seems a bitter and lonely man, but Jeremy senses more beneath the surface. Against his uncle’s wishes, Jeremy takes a job as a miner and soon his young faith is tested by his rough and gritty co-workers, the threat of danger … and the possibility of love.

jupiter-winds-400Jupiter Winds by C. J. Darlington (YA/Science Fiction)

In 2160, a teenager becomes the bait to capture her missing revolutionary parents she thinks are long dead.

Grey Alexander has one goal—to keep herself and her younger sister Orinda alive. Not an easy feat living unconnected in the North American Wildlife Preserve, where they survive by smuggling contraband into the Mazdaar government’s city zones. If the invisible electric border fence doesn’t kill them, a human-like patrol drone could.

When her worst fear comes true, Grey questions everything she she thought she knew about life, her missing parents, and God. Could another planet, whose sky swirls with orange vapors and where extinct-on-Earth creatures roam free, hold the key to reuniting her family?

732935_w185Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker (YA)

Scarlett Blaine’s life in 1960s Georgia isn’t always easy, especially given her parents’ financial struggles and the fights surrounding her sister Juli’s hippie lifestyle. Then there’s her brother, Cliff. While Scarlett loves him more than anything, there’s no denying his unique behavior leaves Cliff misunderstood and left out. So when he wishes for a rocket to Jupiter, Scarlett agrees to make it happen, no matter how crazy the idea might be. Raising the rocket money means baking pies, and the farmer’s son, Frank, agrees to provide the peaches if Scarlett will help him talk to Juli. The problem is, Scarlett really enjoys her time with Frank, and finds herself wondering if, someday, they could be more than friends. Just as she thinks everything might be going her way, Cliff suffers an accident that not only affects the rocket plans, but shakes Scarlett’s view of God. As the summer comes to an end, Scarlett must find a way to regain what she’s lost, but also fulfill a promise to launch her brother’s dream.

683769_w185Iscariot by Tosca Lee (Biblical fiction)

Judas Iscariot…the name of Judas conjures up the ultimate betrayer. What could possibly bring him to such a vile decision to betray Jesus? Tosca Lee brilliantly captures Judas’ life; why he chose to follow Jesus when he was a respected scholar, what he witnesses day after day being near and speaking with Jesus. You will be captivated by every nuance of Judas’ story as he walked with Jesus and Judas’ history that led him to that point. Why did Jesus choose the path that he chose, from angering those in esteemed positions by not just allowing those who were “unclean” near him, but encouraging their presence? Judas struggled to understand Jesus’ motives and questioned them all along the way. The places where you question how and what Jesus did are brilliantly speculated by Tosca Lee in the amazing story of Iscariot.

671685_w185Invisible by Ginny Yttrup (women’s fiction)

Cafe owner Ellyn DeMoss seeks protection from pain behind extra pounds. So why is a handsome widower attracted to her? Abandoning her family, Sabina Jackson comes to Northern California to heal. But is she doing more hiding than healing? And Twila Boaz once wanted to disappear. Now she wants to conquer her eating disorder. Will she succeed?

 

 

 

 

210433_w185A Cast of Stones by Patrick Carr (epic fantasy)

In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone’s search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he’s joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.
Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom’s dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.

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15 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday – Favorite Reads From The Past 3 Years”

  1. pennma05 March 3, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    Wow, the cover of The Devil Walks in Mattingly looks incredible! I want to read it just based on that haha 🙂 Great list!

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    • rbclibrary March 3, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

      That book was great. He has several set in the fictional town of Mattingly. I haven’t read any of the others, but they are on the TBR list. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

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  2. Lisa @ Captivated Reader March 3, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

    All your titles sound amazing! I haven’t read any of them, but will be adding some of them to my ever growing reading wishlist! Here’s a link to my TTT post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/03/top-ten-books-you-would-classify-as-all.html

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    • rbclibrary March 3, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

      It was hard to limit myself to just 10, but I thought these were a good representation of the best of several genres. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

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  3. Krystianna March 3, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

    Great list! I’ve not heard of any of these but i’m glad to see that you loved them. 🙂
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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  4. Karen Collier March 4, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    Great choices. I loved Miranda Warning and The Butterfly and the Violin. Haven’t read the others, but I see some on this list that I really want to.

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    • rbclibrary March 4, 2015 at 7:19 am #

      I tried to list some from various genres — something for everyone. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Rissi March 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    I remember reading Chasing Jupiter. It’s been a while, but it was a good read. 🙂

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    • rbclibrary March 4, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

      I found it remarkable that the author was so young when she wrote it. 18, I think. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Carole March 4, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    You’re much better than I am at reading various genres, Beckie. Guess I’m just set in my ways! The only two I’ve read are Kristy Cambron and Ginny Yttrup, both of which are on my list, although I put Ginny’s Lost & Found on mine. If you’ve read it, I’d love to know your thoughts. Lori Benton is an author I’m dying to read, just haven’t been able to make time for it yet. And I ought to be shot for not having read Dale’s book yet. Actually I read part of it, then something happened and I didn’t get to finish, but it is excellent – as are all of his books.

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    • rbclibrary March 4, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      You really need to read Burning Sky. Really, really good. I do read lots of genres, I always have. But mystery and suspense are my all time favorites. Though I do like a good historical or fantasy . . . . 😉

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      • Carole March 4, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

        I highly respect your thoughts, Beckie, and have enjoyed a few books because of your reviews that I wouldn’t have tried otherwise. I think character-driven drama is my favorite, whether historical or contemporary. On the other hand, there’s nothing I love more than a good murder mystery – but not suspense, because I don’t like the scary stuff.

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      • rbclibrary March 4, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

        Thanks so much for the encouragement, Carole! I always use your reviews as a measure as to how I will like a book. We seem to be on the same wavelength!

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  7. heatherdaygilbert March 4, 2015 at 5:59 pm #

    Thank you so much for including Miranda Warning on this list, Beckie! Working fast and furious to get that next Murder in the Mountains mystery out before too long! 🙂 And I LOVED Jupiter Winds. So did my daughters. I so appreciated YA sci fi that focused on family relationships instead of simply romance. 🙂

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    • rbclibrary March 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

      Cannot wait to read another Murder in The Mountains book! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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