2. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah- This story broke my heart a hundred times and it has one of the most touching, tear sobbing endings Ive read. Winter Garden was defiantly not a feel good book, it rips you apart with emotion and for me reading about Anya's life in Russia during the time of Stalin was terrifying. The book made me think about my life and how convenient things are for me, what I take for granted everyday...things like food, water and heat. Its one of those stop you in your tracks thoughts- what would happen if the bare necessity's of living got stripped away...what would you do if your child sat starving to death? I thought about this book for weeks after I read it......... and you know those are always the good ones....the ones that stay with you.
4. Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes - Hello bawl city!!! Although one of saddest books I read this year, it also was one of the most touching. Ms. Gina presents to us Jenny, a single mother burdened with mistakes, a bad past and broken relationships. Throughout the novel Jenny is dying of cancer, so right from the beginning we all know whats going to happen- its just getting there that tore my heart apart, I was seriously debating stock in Kleenex while reading, even the book trailer got me a little misty.....( Read review and see the trailer HERE)
delivered that for me in this bite my nails, scary as Hell (literally) take on the departed, the supernatural and ghost hunting. I found this book well researched, thought provoking and above all else shaking in my boots.
6. Immanuel's Vein's by Ted Dekker- Oh how could I not put my favorite author on the list. Unbeknownst to Mr. Dekker Im like his unpaid super spokesperson. I loved this story mostly due to the fact that Dekker stepped out of the box of comfortable Christian Fiction. I loved that he used specific words like breast, tongue and "poopy" to make the common Fundamentalist shriek and gasp. Besides the shock value (that I didn't see) I thought IV was a great finish to the Circle Series and highly entertaining.
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8. Blood Law by Jeannie Holmes- This book was a huge surprise for me...(Im no longer reading adult PNR on my blog, earlier this year I was and by far this was the best from that genre for me) I think Holmes offered something different with Alex and broke past cheesy pnr plotlines and show me your hot member dialog to present in depth characters, serious racial commentary's and still managed to stay true to a good vampire story.
10. The Help by Kathryn Stockett- I know this was published in 2009 but I had to add it to my list. One of my favorite things about a book is when it has the power to transport me to a different time era. I felt while reading this I was there in Mississippi with these women in the story who became my friends. I wanted to hug Abbi, smack Hilly to the floor and shake Ms.Celia to her senses.......The Help this year made it into my top tens of all time. I loved it!!! You can hear me swoon about it some more here.