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Today’s topic is: Tuesday Talks: What Book/Series Has Been Your Favorite So Far This Year?
Oh man, I can’t pick just one. There are so many! Since I can’t choose just one, I’m going to list my top 5 favorite books that I’ve read so far this year.
Life After by Katie Ganshert
This is my favorite of Katie Ganshert’s so far. Ganshert crafted a beautiful tale about life after a bombing on a train. How do you handle being the only survivor, especially when you’re falling in love with someone whose wife was killed in that horrible accident. The romance is super cute and swoon-worthy. The characters are so relatable and become like family. Just make sure you have tootsie pops handy because I found myself craving them while reading them. Just be prepared to read this in one sitting because it’s impossible to put this book down.
Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh
Just Look Up is probably my favorite of Courtney Walsh’s. The romance is swoon-worthy. The small town lake town is beautiful. It has also deals with some real issues. Lane is climbing up the ladder at the design firm she’s working at, but she’s dealing with many insecurities and trust. The author also challenges the reader by living life. And I mean by really living it rather than through a cell phone. She had me questioning how much time I spent just looking down at my phone and social media. This is a quick read that I couldn’t put down.
Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman
It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a book call out body-shaming and and encourage women about their body-image. This is not a feel good story because it’s very real and deals with some tough stuff. Women of all ages will completely understand and relate to at least one character in this novel. It’s a story of broken people struggling with real issues and a sense of hope. This is a topic you don’t hear or see much in the media and I think it’s time that we change that. It’s time that we start building women up instead of tearing them down about how they look. Every woman is beautiful. #forNina
True to You by Becky Wade
True to You is a super cute, classy and swoon-worthy tale. Nora is a quiet genealogist who throws herself into her work after a devastating break-up. She’s super sweet, fun, a bookworm, and loves period (especially British) dramas. Readers will resonate with her. John is a handsome former Navy Seal who recently found out he has an inherited disease. He desperate to find his birth mother so he can learn about his family history. They make a beautiful couple and John is so swoon-worthy! This is a story about healing, reconciliation, and forgiveness. This would make the perfect beach read.
Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery
This is a unique story as it’s about a missions trip to El Salvador. This is a powerful story that will tug at your heartstrings encouraging you to want to do more to help the orphans all over the world. I loved traveling around San Miguel, El Savaldor and experiencing everything through the characters. It has all of the feels, but mostly it will tug at your heart because of the realness of their culture and circumstances. This is for anyone who has ever been on a missions trip or dreams on going on one. This is very Gospel-centered and impact many of Slattery’s future readers.