As an avid reader as well as a writer, I like to set reading goals for myself each year. This year my goal was to read fifty books. As of today, I have read fifty-six. I wish I could say that I enjoyed each book that I read, but that is simply not the case. However, there are five outstanding books that I would highly recommend to any reader. They are listed in the order in which they were read.
#1: Divergent by Veronica Roth ~ I thoroughly enjoyed the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy (the sequels: not so much), but I must say that Divergent won the contest for me. Triss Pryor is such a strong female lead, but she doesn’t begin that way. She strives to achieve greatness. Triss’ character development throughout the story is phenomenal.
#2: Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh ~ This is not a book I would have chosen to read on my own. The local book club of which I am a part chose this as one of our monthly selections, and I am so glad we did. A mystery with breadcrumbs of information scattered throughout, I learned more about beekeeping than I ever expected. Although fiction, it almost reads like a memoir.
#3: The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors ~ This sweet story is a fairy tale of gigantic chocolate bar proportions! However, it isn’t a typical princess and prince style fairy tale. It contains elements of mystery and romance and a huge dose of chocolate.
#4: Doon by Carey Corp and Lorrie Landon ~ Although it is another fairy tale-like story (I am a sucker for fairy tales!), it’s so much more than that. It begins in a modern society and crosses over into an entirely different world. It also has elements of suspense and romance.
#5: The Unveiling by Tamara Leigh ~ The final novel in my top five is a Christian medieval romance. Unlike several Christian fiction novels, the elements that make it “Christian” do not seem contrived or like they were merely added so the novel could fit that genre. The characters and the romance are believable, not feigned. Furthermore, it is “clean,” so younger teenage readers could enjoy it as well.
Although I have accomplished my reading goal for the year, I definitely do not plan to stop reading. By December, my favorite list will have more than likely increased, but these books have already earned their position.