Monday, February 16, 2015

CBRB's Top Books of 2014/CBRB Awards


Top Ten

Christian Fiction

Books of 2014 and

CBRB Awards 


2015 is proving to be a very busy year––hence the somewhat late yearly CBRB wrap-up post (and late "Happy New Year!" greeting). No, folks, I have not forgotten to share my top books of 2014. This year the list consists of nine books––including one non-fiction book that deserves a special mention because of it's engaging and informative content. I know the saying "It's better late than never" is very cliche . . . but it IS true;) So here is the long awaited Top Ten Books (minus one) of 2014 and, yes, the CBRB Awards!

# 8: A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund

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If you're searching for a historically rich novel with vivid descriptions and an extra dose of romance, A Noble Groom might just be the story you're looking for.

#7: Truth Be Told by Carol Cox

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If you're hunting for a western with a truth seeking journalist, a dosage of mystery and suspense, and a dash of romance, try Truth Be ToldPlus, you'll learn how to run an 1800s newspaper and experience an edge-of-your-seat ending.

#6: Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell

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A light read infused with humor and directed by a capricious heroine, Love Comes Calling is a fun read with serious underlying themes and a dash of mystery.

Non-fiction Book: Pro-Blogging Secrets by Bob Lotich

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With just a glance, I'm sure you can tell this is way out of my normal reading. But when the author contacted me asking me if I would consider reviewing one of his books, I decided it would be different and informative to give this one a try––and I'm glad I did! This book is for those bloggers looking to take their blog to the next level. The information given is easy-to-understand, informative, and extremely helpful. The detailed "Table of Contents" and short chapters make it simple to search for a specific topic. One of my favorite features is the screenshots (pictures of step-by-step tutorials) placed strategically in-between information.

It is apparent that Bob Lotich knows what he is talking about. I recommend this book for beginning bloggers looking to start off on the right foot as well as experienced bloggers looking to enhance their blogs. (You can download a FREE copy of Bob's first book: How To Make Money Blogging at http://blogbusiness101.com. Plus, check out Bob's interesting blog http://christianpf.com/blog/)

#5, 4, and 3: The Safe Lands series by Jill Williamson

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Jill has crafted another creative, interesting and suspenseful series. I enjoyed the underlying similarities to Daniel and his friends in pagan Babylon yet with a twist of a highly technological society. This series began with suspense... and ended in suspense. A definite recommend for older teens and beyond.

#2: The Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry

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Reading this book allows a reader to truly count their blessings and pray more earnestly for our persecuted Brothers and Sisters. Chung-Cha's story is one filled with pain, hope, betrayal, love and sorrow.  This book will take you out of your comfort zone, reveal a glimpse into the life of North Korea, and, God willing, leave you with thankfulness in your heart that you can freely know and serve Jesus Christ.

#1: Somebody Like You by Beth Vogt

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The best word I can use to describe Somebody Like You is the word gentle. Each word, sentence, page pulled me along like someone tugging me gently by the hand. Cracking open the pages of this book––tagging along on Haley and Stephen's journey––was like snuggling with my favorite downy comforter: soft, warm, gentle. 

The characters were real. Their emotions real. And, surprisingly, their romance real. I'll admit my skepticism––because of the premise and my previous experience with Wish You Were Here. But the characters, the prose, the spiritual message––everything––was executed beautifully.

The pace was just right. Not too fast, not too slow. Haley and Stephen's love blossomed like a rose opening in slow motion. Bits of humor were interspersed at just the right moments. The ending was unexpected, charming, sweet. And to top it off? This book was released on the day of my birthday.

I give Somebody Like You 5 out of 5 stars––it rightly deserves first place in Christian Book Review Blog's Top Books of 2014.

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CBRB Best Hero Award goes to . . . Stephen Ames from Somebody Like You by Beth Vogt (Surprisingly Omar from The Safe Lands series by Jill Williamson is a close second)


CBRB Best Heroine Award goes to . . . Ellis Eton from Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell



CBRB Best Plot Award goes to . . . The Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry


Once again, there is no CBRB Best Child Award for this year. Perhaps I should swap that award with a new award such as the CBRB Best Villain Award


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Honorable Mentions
~ Veiled Freedom by Jeanette Windle 

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Now it's time to hear from you! What were your top books of 2014? And what Awards would you like to see awarded each year on Christian Book Review Blog? Just make some noise in the comment section below.

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