This week’s Top 10 (sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish) is one of my favorites for this year- literally- because I get to go back through all of the wonderful books I’ve read this year and pick my favorites! Well, I have a confession to make….I read a lot. As of this posting, I’ve read 133 books this year. Let’s just say I’d rather read than watch tv (can I get an amen?). So, consequently, it was very difficult for me to narrow down 133 books to just 10…but I made it to 15! This list is in the order that I read them with the exception of my favorite, #1 book of the year.
13. A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade
12. So Much for Boundaries by Brooke St. James
11. My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
8. Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd
7. The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner
6. Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey
And my #1 favorite read of 2017 is....
1. The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof
Once in awhile a book will come along that is so rich, so deep that it makes you speechless. This is one of those books for me. I am not even certain that I could do this book justice in my review, but I will try to convey the immense value this book offers the reader. First, I have to address Charlie's absolute passion and purity of love for those he cares most deeply for- Holland, Ella, and his lion "brothers". Charlie loves without abandon and gives of himself so freely and unselfishly it's just breathtakingly beautiful. Next, I love the literary metaphor of Charlie's sacrifice paralleling Jesus's. When faced with Holland's future plight, Charlie willingly offered himself as a substitute even with the foreknowledge that he would be rejected, shunned and isolated for his choice just as Jesus willingly came and took our place so that we could be redeemed. There are so many beautiful moments threaded throughout this book that it will surely become a classic. At the least, it will be read over and over by this girl. I can definitely understand why it is an INSPY award winner. Bravo, Ms. Bischof!
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