Like most other bookworms, great books make their way onto my “things I’m thankful for” list every year. It’s hard to choose favorites, but I went ahead and picked five books I read in 2015 and am thankful for.
- The Fablehaven series, by Brandon Mull: I picked up Fablehaven (book 1 of the series by the same name) on a whim at Half-Price Books, needing a new book to read during my Europe trip this last spring. Little did I know how much I would enjoy it – so much so, in fact, that I purchased the bundled Kindle version of the entire series and blitzed through books 2 and 3 during the rest of the trip. I seem to have a habit of picking up fantasy books to read on Europe trips; I also discovered the Eragon and Inkheart series while in Europe on previous journeys.Fablehaven has a creative premise, and the five-book series fleshes out the characters, races, and how they interact with each other in our world very well. I was glad the entire series was available so I wouldn’t have to wait to find out what happened!
- Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien: This is a book of comfort to me. I’ve read it so many times (over 13) that the characters are like friends; I can pick it up at any time, flip open to any spot; and pick up reading.
- Ask a Missionary, by Jack Voelkel: As I look ahead toward full-time missions, this book was the first one my church suggested I read. It’s a great resource in and of itself, and includes an extensive appendix with further information and suggested reading material.
- The Russians series, by Judith Pella and Michael Phillips: GUYS. FAVORITE SERIES EVER (besides Lord of the Rings). AND GUESS WHAT ELSE. It’s available for Kindle as of this past September. YAY. In all seriousness, though, capslock of doom aside, this series got me hooked on Russia as a pre-tween. (I mean, really. How many 12-year-olds do you know that would devour this crazy-huge series? It’s so awesome. And I may point back to it as the reason I am a European Studies major.
- Without a Trace, by Colleen Coble: Ooh, I loved reading this book. I’d read maybe one or two of her books previously, but this book kicked off a binge-read of everything else I own by her. Mystery, romance, … it’s got both in spades and I love it. Proof that romance books don’t require steaminess to be good, and that Christian books are as good or better than secular.
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to another great year of reading! Speaking of more reading, here’s one more thing to be grateful for. Books on sale! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors banded together to offer over seventy discounted books on Nov 27-30. There’s literally something for everyone.
Every single book listed on Indie Christian Books is on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you.
What awesome reads of 2015 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2016?