Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Sometimes we have to take a step outside our comfort zone and read least favorite genres, new genres, or new authors. This week's Top Ten Tuesday is dedicated to new authors.

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

Have you read anything by these authors? What authors were new to you in 2018? 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Guest Blogger: Avery Daniels, Author of Spiked

Julienne, a poisoned Private Investigator with her business card on his body, an MI5 agent taking a liking to her, and her heart on the line.

Julienne needs only three things: successfully pull off a last minute wedding relocated to her resort, work out things with her stubborn ex- boyfriend, and solve the murder of a private investigator found with her business card on his dead body. The wedding she can handle, but it comes with a flirtatious brother of the bride from Britain who manages to give Mason the idea she has moved on, and the dead PI was playing with fire before he was poisoned leaving a myriad of suspects. Two suspects are part of a scandal waiting to explode and nobody wants to be in the middle of the fallout.

Can Julienne wade through the various suspects while coordinating the wedding and dealing with a handsome amorous guest before her rival on the local paper exposes her connection and thus damages her and the resort's reputation? Will she and Mason find their way to each other?

Thoughts on Poisons Popularity in Mysteries

In my third Resort to Murder Mystery, Spiked, I delve into poison as a murder weapon. Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime, used poison as a weapon for over thirty murder victims in her novels. She used Strychnine in “The Mysterious Affair at Styles.” Cyanide was employed most often by Christie and appears in “The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side,” “And Then There Were None,” “A Pocketful of Rye,” and “Sparkling Cyanide.” Arsenic was used in “4:50 From Paddington.” Christie also used thallium, taxine, coniine, bacillus anthracis, phosphorus, monkshood, belladonna, physostigmine, morphine, and even basic sleeping pills.

That isn’t even touching on the poisonous plants and flowers we often find in our gardens. Besides Poinsettias, there are a number of common plants and flowers that are deadly to animals and humans. This makes it convenient as a murder weapon besides adding an ominous edge to the everyday sight of such lovely flowers as Larkspur, Morning Glory, Lily of the Valley, Daffodil, Azalea, Hydrangea, and Oleander – all of which are toxic to animals and to some degree to people.

As murder weapons go, poison is for the cunning murderer. In my case I needed a weapon that would throw a timeline completely out the window. What better method than poison which allowed the deadly dose to be administered and then the killer secures an alibi for the actual time of death? Besides there being a wedding my main character is coordinating, with a plethora of flowers everywhere.

But there is the saying that I allow to be repeated in the book that women tend to use poison. What I found was that isn’t entirely or all together true today. Historically poisoning was pretty common and that fact caused kings to employ “tasters” to eat samples of their food to ensure it was safe for the ruler to consume. Even the Greek philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death by hemlock for heresy. The Borgia family of the Middle Ages was notorious arsenic poisoners.

But today, men and women, statistically speaking, use guns primarily for murder. Poison is actually used in one-half of one percent of murders. In a Washington Post article that goes into the weapons that men and women use to kill, they state that women are only seven times more likely to use poison than men even with the overall low occurrences.

So why is it so popular in murder mysteries if not that popular in modern life? Because we often take for granted our food and drink (typically the method to slip a toxic dose) and poison throws tension into the rest of the book as people eye their own meals. Plus the timeline becomes sketchy for pinpointing a killer. And, it is often convenient to acquire without drawing attention, such as purchasing rat poison at a hardware store or picking some lovely plants from your garden, making it ideal for a mystery novel.

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Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense her entire life. Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units. She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her spirited companions. She volunteers for a cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table.

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - Jan 14

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

It is Monday again. Time passes so quickly as you get older. It's been a bit of a tough week around here. We lost a neighbor and friend suddenly and unexpectedly. She was my age, which might be part of why it seems so hard for me to wrap my head around. It doesn't quite seem possible or real yet.

As such, I didn't get as much reading done as planned. I also seem to have overbooked myself for reviews this month. Is that always fun? Thankfully, I finished the first book I had to read early.

Duffy Brown never disappoints, so I knew this would be a great read. I also loved the larger font that was used for this one, which made it easy on the eyes too.

Then I started this one.

I also need to squeeze in these two.

Then finally this one for the month. No idea how this is all happening, but I'll figure it out. 

I'm also still trying to spend time with my first book of the year.

What are you reading right now? Did you finish your first book of the year yet?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Book Spotlight: The Military Wife by Laura Trentham

A young widow embraces a second chance at life when she reconnects with those who understand the sacrifices made by American soldiers and their families in award-winning author Laura Trentham’s The Military Wife.

Harper Lee Wilcox has been marking time in her hometown of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina since her husband, Noah Wilcox’s death, nearly five years earlier. With her son Ben turning five and living at home with her mother, Harper fights a growing restlessness, worried that moving on means leaving the memory of her husband behind.

Her best friend, Allison Teague, is dealing with struggles of her own. Her husband, a former SEAL that served with Noah, was injured while deployed and has come home physically healed but fighting PTSD. With three children underfoot and unable to help her husband, Allison is at her wit’s end.
In an effort to reenergize her own life, Harper sees an opportunity to help not only Allison but a network of other military wives eager to support her idea of starting a string of coffee houses close to military bases around the country.

In her pursuit of her dream, Harper crosses paths with Bennett Caldwell, Noah’s best friend and SEAL brother. A man who has a promise to keep, entangling their lives in ways neither of them can foresee. As her business grows so does an unexpected relationship with Bennett. Can Harper let go of her grief and build a future with Bennett even as the man they both loved haunts their pasts?


Chapter 1 

Present Day

Winters in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, were temperamental. The sunshine and a temperate southerly breeze that started a day could turn into biting, salt-tinged snow flurries by afternoon. But one thing Harper Lee Wilcox could count on was that winter along the Outer Banks was quiet.
The bustle and hum and weekly rotation of tourists that marked the summer months settled into a winter melancholy that Harper enjoyed. Well, perhaps not enjoyed in the traditional sense . . . more like she enjoyed surrendering to the melancholy. In fact, her mother may have accused her of wallowing in it once or twice or a hundred times.
In the winter, she didn’t have to smile and pretend her life was great. Not that it was bad. Lots of people had it worse. Much worse. In fact, parts of her life were fabulous. Almost five, her son was happy and healthy and smart. Her mother’s strength and support were unwavering and had bolstered her through the worst time of her life. Her friends were amazing.
That was the real issue. In the craziness of the summer season, she forgot to be sad. Her husband, Noah, had been gone five years; the same amount of time they’d been married. Soon the years separating them would outnumber the years they’d been together. The thought was sobering and only intensified the need to keep a sacred place in her heart waiting and empty. Her secret memorial.
She parked the sensible sedan Noah had bought her soon after they married under her childhood home. Even though they were inland, the stilts were a common architectural feature up and down the Outer Banks.
Juggling her laptop and purse, Harper pushed open the front door and stacked her things to the side. “I’m home!”
A little body careened down the steps and crashed into her legs. She returned the ferocious hug. Her pregnancy was the only thing that had kept her going those first weeks after she’d opened her front door to the Navy chaplain.
“How was preschool? Did you like the pasta salad I packed for your lunch?”
“It made me toot and everyone laughed, even the girls. Can you pack it for me again tomorrow?”
“Ben! You shouldn’t want to toot.” Laughter ruined the admonishing tone she was going for.
As Harper’s mom said time and again, the kid was a hoot and a half. He might have Harper’s brown wavy hair, but he had Noah’s spirit and mannerisms and humor. Ben approached everything with an optimism Harper had lost or perhaps had never been gifted with from the start. He was a blessing Harper sometimes wondered if she deserved.
“Where’s Yaya?” She ruffled his unruly hair.
Of course, her mom had picked an unconventional name. “Grandmother” was too old-fashioned and pedestrian. Since she’d retired from the library, she had cast off any semblance of normalcy and embraced an inner spirit that was a throwback to 1960s bra burners and Woodstock.
“Upstairs painting.” Ben slipped his hand into Harper’s and tugged her toward the kitchen. Bright red and orange and blue paint smeared the back of his hand and arm like a rainbow. At least, her mom had put him in old clothes. “Yaya gave me my own canvas and let me paint whatever I wanted.”
“And what did you paint?” Harper prayed it wasn’t a nude study, which was the homework assignment from her mom’s community college class.
“I drew Daddy in heaven. I used all the colors.” The matter-of-factness of his tone clawed at her heart.
No child should have to grow up only knowing their father through pictures and stories. Her own father had been absent because of divorce and disinterest. He’d sent his court-ordered child support payments regularly until she turned eighteen but rarely visited or shown any curiosity about her. It had hurt until teenaged resentment scarred over the wound.
Noah would have made a great dad. The best. That he never got the chance piled more regrets and what-ifs onto her winter inspired melancholy.
“I’m sure he would have loved your painting.” Luckily, Ben didn’t notice her choked-up reply.
He went to the cabinet, pulled out white bread and crunchy peanut butter, and proceeded to make two sandwiches. It was their afternoon routine. Someday he would outgrow it. Outgrow her and become a man like his daddy.
She poured him a glass of milk, and they ate their sandwiches, talking about how the rest of his day went—outside of his epic toots. His world was small and safe and she wanted to keep it that way for as long as possible.
Her mom breezed into the kitchen, her still-thick but graying brown hair twisted into a messy bun, a thin paintbrush holding it in place. Slim and attractive, she wore paint-splattered jeans and a long-sleeve T-shirt that read: I make AARP look good. Harper pinched her lips together to stifle a grin.
“How’s your assignment coming along?” Harper asked.
“I’m having a hard time with proportions. It’s been a while, but I’m pretty sure my man’s you-know-what shouldn’t hang down to his kneecaps.”
Harper shot a glance toward Ben, who had moved to the floor of the den to play with LEGOs. As crazy as her mom drove her, she was and would always be Harper’s rock. The irony wasn’t lost on her. As hard as she’d worked to get out of Kitty Hawk and out of her mother’s reach when she was young, she’d never regretted coming home.
“It’s been a while for me, too, but that’s not how I remember them, either.”
“A pity for us both.” Her mother pulled a jar of olives out of the fridge and proceeded to make martinis—shaken, not stirred. She raised her eyebrows, and Harper answered the unspoken question with a nod. Her mom poured and plopped an extra olive in Harper’s. “How was work?”
Harper handled bookkeeping and taxes for a number of local businesses, but a good number closed up shop in the winter. “Routine. Quiet.”
“Exactly like your life.”
Harper sputtered on her first sip. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
“I hate seeing you mope around all winter.” Her mom poked at the olive in her drink with a toothpick and looked toward Ben, dropping her voice. “He’s been gone five years, sweetheart, and you haven’t gone on so much as a date.”
“That’s not true. I went to lunch with Whit a few weeks ago.”
“He was trying to sell you life insurance. Doesn’t count.”
Harper huffed and covered her discomfort by taking another sip. “What about you? You never date.”
 “True, but your father ruined me on relationships. I have trust issues. You and Noah, on the other hand, seemed to get along fine. Or am I wrong?”
“You’re not.” Another sip of the martini grew the tingly warmth in her stomach. Their marriage hadn’t been completely without conflict, but what relationship was? As she looked back on their fights, they seemed juvenile and unimportant. It was easier to remember the good times. And there were so many to choose from.
She touched the empty finger on her left hand. The ring occupied her jewelry box and had for three years. But, occasionally, her finger would ache with phantom pains as if it were missing a vital organ.
“You’re young. Find another good man. Or forget the man, just find something you’re passionate about.”
“I’m happy right where I am.” Harper hammered up her defenses as if preparing for a hurricane.
“Don’t mistake comfort for happiness. You’re comfortable here. Too comfortable. But you’re not happy.”
 “God, Mom, why are you Dr. Phil–ing me all of sudden? Are you wanting me and Ben to move out or something?” Her voice sailed high and Ben looked over at them, his eyes wide, clutching his LEGO robot so tightly its head fell off.
“You and Ben are welcome to stay and take care of me in my old age.” Her mom shifted toward the den. “You hear that, honey? I want you to stay forever.”
Ben gave them an eye-crinkling smile that reminded her so much of Noah her insides squirmed, and she killed the rest of her drink. She was so careful not to show how lonely she sometimes felt in front of Ben.
“Harper.” Her mom’s chiding tone reminded her so much of her own childhood, she glanced up instinctively. Her mom took her hand, and her hazel eyes matched the ones that stared back at Harper in the mirror. “You’re marking time in Kitty Hawk. Find something that excites you again. Don’t let Ben—or Noah— be your excuse.”

Harper looked to her son. His chubby fingers fit the small LEGO pieces together turning the robot into a house. She had built her life brick by brick adding pieces and colors, expanding, taking pride, until one horrible day she’d stopped. Maybe her mom was right. Was it time to build something new?

LAURA TRENTHAM is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She is a member of RWA, and has been a finalist multiple times in the Golden Heart competition. A chemical engineer by training and a lover of books by nature, she lives in South Carolina. Visit Laura online at www.lauratrentham.com

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Happy Tuesday. We are tackling a fun subject this week. The most anticipated releases for the first half of 2019. I have to admit I don't follow these lists. As a book lover, I should. As a busy mom, real estate agent and writer, I don't. Here's what I found online that is of interest to me.

This is a must have. Even if it's the only book I buy all year--which we know it won't be--I must buy this one. I loved this comic strip.

These next two are already on pre-order. The first one sounds fascinating and anything with a Little House on the Prairie tie-in is automatically on my list. Wendy's book doesn't really qualify since it won't be out until August, but I can't wait for it.

I haven't read any of this author's work, but everyone I know raves about it. This needs to go on the list even though the release date is June. If I don't list it now, I'll forget about it.

This next one sounds amazing. It's the first in a series, so count me in. 

Here's another author I haven't read, but I have seen her at a conference and this book sounds amazing.

Dystopian fiction is so not my go-to genre, but I like it every once in a while. This one sounds interesting.

This would be another new to me author. This book sounds too funny to pass up.

This book on goals is right up my alley.

I saw this final one on a bunch of blogs recently and really want to read it.

What are some books you're eagerly anticipating for early 2019? Do any of my books appear on your list?

Monday, January 7, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - Jan 7

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend. I took a rare time off so we could bring the kids to NYC. It was warmer than usual, so that made it an even nicer trip.

Over the weekend, I began reading the third book in Duffy Brown's Cycle Path Mysteries series, Tadem Demise. I haven't read the previous two books in the series, but it is set on Mackinac Island--which I would love to see one day--and is just as fun as her Consignment Shop Mysteries series that I've been reading since the very first book.

The first book I cracked open this year is one that I have been dying to read, but it will have to be read in between all my review commitments. Everything about this book captured me from the second I heard about it. It even opens with a passage from a chapter in Anne of Green Gables. 

These are the next two I must read this month. They are both by authors I already enjoy, so I have high hopes for them.

I also started this memoir that I am totally fascinated with.

When I make it through all these, I already know what's up next because I promised to read these ones.

That should keep me busy for a while. How about you? What are you reading? What's up next on your list? 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Linzthebookworm/Logophile 2019 Reading Challenge

If you've read my blog this week, you already know that my 2018 reading challenges were an epic failure. I'm okay with it for many reasons, but that experience also convinced me to set my sights on something easier. Looks like I found it.

This reading challenge is sponsored by Linz the Bookworm and Tress at The Logophile. This challenge offers a “choose your own challenge” format, with five possible tiers to complete, depending on how many books per month you want to commit to read. They should get more challenging as you go along. There is a “free space” in each level and Level 3 includes three spots to read an entire trilogy. Some categories are repeated from last year and others have been modified to offer some new options.

Level 1: Book of the Month Club
1. A book with a red cover
2. Read a YA fiction novel
3. A book under 300 pages
4. A book you got for free
5. Reread the first book of a series you love
6. Read a book that takes place during the summer
7. A book whose title starts with the letter M
8. Read a romance novel
9. A book that has been turned into a TV show or movie
10. A book with a title done in alliteration (e.g. Pride and Prejudice)
11. A New York Times best seller (past or present)
12. Free space – pick any book!

Level 2: Casual Reader Club
13. A book by John Grisham
14. Read a fantasy novel
15. A book with a color in the title
16. Reread a book you have recommended to someone else
17. Read a detective novel
18. A book with a number in the title
19. Read a book about dragons
20. Read a book published by Penguin Random House
21. Read a book found on Project Gutenberg
22. A book about an artist (fictional or real)
23. A book that was published in 1999
24. Free space – pick any book!

Level 3: Dedicated Reader Club
25. Read the first book in a trilogy
26. Read the second book in the same trilogy
27. Read the third book in the same trilogy
28. Read a book recommended by a friend/on social media
29. A book about a librarian
30. A book about breaking a code or a treasure hunt
31. Read a book by Brandon Sanderson
32. Read a book that takes place in a large city
33. A book suggested by https://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/
34. A book for under $3.00
35. A book with exactly three words in the title
36. Free space – pick any book!

Level 4: Speed Reader Club
37. A book over 500 pages
38. A book about time travel
39. A book with a form of weather in the title
40. Read a book published in 1969
41. A book authored by a Catherine/Katherine or variant
42. A book by Anne Rice
43. A book from Time’s All-Time Top 100 Books list
44. Read a coming of age novel
45. A book involving mythology
46. Read a self-published book
47. A book with the word dream in the title
48. Free space – pick any book!

Level 5: Overachiever Club
49. Read a book on a banned book list
50. The most recent book in a series you haven’t finished
51. A book that you judged by its cover (either positively or negatively)
52. A book that takes place in your home state
53. A book that takes place prior to 1965
54. Read a biography
55. Read a book you’ve previously abandoned
56. A book about a real or fictional politician
57. A book set in Asia
58. A book with a tree or forest on the cover
59. A book with the letter Z in the title
60. Free space – pick any book!

If you would like a downloadable PDF to print out the list, you can visit Linz's blog.

Good luck and happy reading!

Shelf Control - Jan 2

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves sponsored by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up!

Want to join in? Shelf Control posts go up every Wednesday. Here's how to jump on board:

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link in the comments!
  • Link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and…
Have fun!

Welcome to the first Shelf Control post of 2019. It's been a while since I participated in this meme, but I hope to keep it going more regularly this year. As I did last year, I'll be featuring Kindle or other free books in my TBR pile.


Maddy, Christine, and Amy find that an old college roommate has written about them in her new self-help book—and they're furious that she's used them as examples of how women screw up their lives. And the worst part is, it's sort of true. Together they make a pact: they'll face down their fears—and maybe show Miss Perfect a thing or two!

A Free Spirit
Maddy was always the artistic one of the group, alive with color and mischief from her saucy red curls to her vintage hippie skirts. Her challenge, the friends decide, is to get her artwork accepted at a gallery. A job as arts director at a summer camp near Santa Fe—with its multitude of galleries—seems like a start in the right direction.

A Reformed Bad Boy
There’s just one catch: The camp is run by Maddy’s high school flame, Joe, whose heart she broke—okay, smashed—and his anger towards Maddy hasn’t cooled one bit. But neither has their attraction.

A Perfect Match?
Old desires burn hotter than ever as Joe makes it clear there’s only one way back to his heart: She has to get serious about her art. But will falling in love help or hinder Maddy as she struggles to meet her challenge?

DATE BOUGHT: 4/23/11 (Been on the device a while)

WHY I BOUGHT IT: Honestly, can't tell you much about why I bought this one. Reading through the blurb, these are my ideas: I like bad boys; I love it when old flames reconnect; the cover art is nice, and I like to start a series from the beginning. I'm going to guess the other two books in the trilogy address Christine's and Amy's stories.

Would this book interest you? It's only $2.99 for Kindle.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

First Book of the Year (2019)

I immediately knew which book I would chose this year. From the moment this was available for pre-order, I have longed to own it and dive right in. When it arrived, I was knee deep in showing houses and in the middle of my big house clean out. Plus I had, once again, requested too many books to review for virtual book tours (at least I am consistent).

The cover art is stunning. The story sounds intriguing. Who wouldn't want to meet a younger Marilla Cuthbert, see her romance with John Blythe unfold, and wonder if the reason she was so hard on Anne when she came to Green Gables was because she, too, once was a dreamer?

While I've never read a book by McCoy, my hope is she will do the Marilla of Lucy Maud Montgomery's books justice as the story unfolds.

A bold, heartfelt tale of life at Green Gables . . . before Anne: A marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, that imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert, and the choices that will open her life to the possibility of heartbreak—and unimaginable greatness

Plucky and ambitious, Marilla Cuthbert is thirteen years old when her world is turned upside down. Her beloved mother has died in childbirth, and Marilla suddenly must bear the responsibilities of a farm wife: cooking, sewing, keeping house, and overseeing the day-to-day life of Green Gables with her brother, Matthew and father, Hugh.

In Avonlea—a small, tight-knit farming town on a remote island—life holds few options for farm girls. Her one connection to the wider world is Aunt Elizabeth “Izzy” Johnson, her mother’s sister, who managed to escape from Avonlea to the bustling city of St. Catharines. An opinionated spinster, Aunt Izzy’s talent as a seamstress has allowed her to build a thriving business and make her own way in the world.

Emboldened by her aunt, Marilla dares to venture beyond the safety of Green Gables and discovers new friends and new opportunities. With her friend Rachel, she joins the Ladies Aid Society, she raises funds for an orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity in nearby Nova Scotia that secretly serves as a way station for runaway slaves from America. Her budding romance with John Blythe, the charming son of a neighbor, offers her a possibility of future happiness—Marilla is in no rush to trade one farm life for another. She soon finds herself caught up in the dangerous work of politics, and abolition—jeopardizing all she cherishes, including her bond with her dearest John Blythe. Now Marilla must face a reckoning between her dreams of making a difference in the wider world and the small-town reality of life at Green Gables.

Purchase Marilla of Green Gables here!

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read In 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Happy New Year! Hard to believe another year has passed. That old 2018 is in the past and I look forward to a new year filled with blessings. I'll be setting some goals for the new year soon, but right now I'm hoping Top Ten Tuesday participation increases in 2019. It's one of my favorite memes.

When I think about the best books I've read in 2018, I realize 10 titles is just under a quarter of the books I read last year. Gone are the days that the books read was in the triple digits. Maybe one day I'll get back to that, but for now, I'll just be happy that reading and blogging continues.

Here is my list of Best Books I Read In 2018 (in no particular order):

I also have two honorable mentions because The Daughters of the Mayflower series is so superb:

What are some of your favorites from 2018?