Monday, December 15, 2008

2008 Best Books Roundup - What Are Your Picks?

UPDATE: I'm bumping this post back to the top this week since we're continuing the contest - hope you'll post your list soon!

We're entering the "most wonderful time of the year" so we're doing something a little different the next couple of weeks here at Pix-N-Pens.

I'm compiling a list of my favorite books for the year, and will post them after Christmas. For now, I want to hear from readers. Because this is Pix-N-Pens, your comments will earn you a chance to win a $30 Amazon Gift Card that we'll give away on Saturday, December 20th. So tell all your friends, and start making your lists.

In the comments section of this post, list YOUR top 10 picks for favorite books this year. Please include the title and the author. Any book you read this year can be included on this list, although we prefer to see new releases since it is a 2008 roundup. (I know of at least one book that will be on my own list that wasn't published this year, so I'm giving a little leeway here!) Your choices may include fiction or non-fiction.

You can give us more than one top 10 list, but each must be in a separate comment. If you want to divide your lists by genre, feel free to do that, too!

Each comment that includes a list of your top 10 book picks for the year with title and author, and a way to contact you, will be entered into a random drawing for the gift card.

The deadline to submit your list is Friday, December 19th, midnight (Central time.)

List away!

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Lalycairn said...

In no particular order:

Pawn by Stephen James
Rook by Stephen James I REALLY enjoyed both of these. Not necessarily the genre I usually read, but oh, very VERY worth the read.

Demon by Tosca Lee. Yes, this stretched my thinking and made me dig into Scripture. :)

Hood and Scarlett by Stephen Lawhead. I know Hood wasn't released this year. But I read it this year, and that caused me to read Scarlett. Excellent Excellent retelling of the Robin Hood legends.

The Shape of Mercy. I really enjoyed this. I found the realization of how what's "real" is often different than our perception of it, intriguing.

Eric Wilson's The Best of Evil and A Shred of Truth again, not this years, but very enjoyable reads.

John Olson's Fossil Hunter challenged some of my preconceived "young earth" notions.

Mindy Stearns Clark - Whispers of the Bayou was really good too, as was Playing God by Michelle Mckinney Hammond.

:) That's eleven, but a couple weren't from this year.

luv2read said...

Healing Stones and Healing Waters by Nancy Rue and Steve Arteburn

The Pawn by Stephen James

Splitting HArriet and FAking Grace by Tamara Leigh

By Reason of Insanity by Randy Singer

Healing Promises by Amy Wallace

Courting Emma by Sharlene MacLaren

Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer

A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
The House by Travis Thrasher
Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer
Abomination by Colleen Coble
I'm sure I have at least 10 more I'll be back.

Kathy Cretsinger said...

1. Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills, will be released March, 2009
2. The Pawn by Steven James
3. The Rook by Steven James
4. Grace in Thine Eyes by Liz Curtis Higgs
5. Along Came a Cowboy by Christine Lynxwiler
6. The Parting by Beverly Lewis
7. The Forbidden by Beverely Lewis
8. The Longing by Beverely Lewis
9. Whispers of the Bayou by Mindy Starns Clark
10. Farraday Road by Ace Collins

Virginia Smith said...

I haven't been able to read as much this year as I wanted, but I selected the books I spent time with carefully. So I liked almost every one!

1. EMBRACE ME by Lisa Samson
3. LYING ON SUNDAY, by Sharon Souza
5. HAVAH by Tosca Lee
6. QUAKER SUMMER by Lisa Samson
7. YESTERDAY'S EMBERS by Deborah Raney

Sherry Kyle said...

Top ten books I enjoyed this year:

1. CONVENIENT GROOM by Denise Hunter
2. WAGING HEART by Robin Lee Hatcher
3. LEAVING NOVEMBER by Deborah Raney
4. BEACH DREAMS by Trish Perry
5. WAITING FOR DAYBREAK by Katie Cushman
6. STUCK IN THE MIDDLE by Virginia Smith
7. RIVEN by Jerry B. Jenkins
8. RUBY AMONG US by Tina Forkner
9. LONG JOURNEY HOME by Sharlene MacLaren

kc said...

Sinner, by Ted Dekker
Adam, by Ted Dekker
The Pawn, by Steven James
The Rook, by Steven James
Demon: a Memoir, by Tosca Lee
Field of Blood, by Eric Wilson
Broken Angel, by Sigmund Brouwer
Cyndere's Midnight, by Jeffrey Overstreet
First the Dead, by Tim Downs
Restorer's Son, by Sharon Hinck

kc said...

I really need to amend my list. There are a few others I dare not leave off the best of the best list:

Shade, by John B. Olson
Scarlett, by Stephen Lawhead

My Soul to Keep, by Melanie Wells

The Restorer's Journey, by Sharon Hinck

Darkest Evening of the Year, by Dean Koontz (Nov. 07)

Odd Hours, by Dean Koontz

AndieJ said...

It's going to be hard to narrow it to just 10 books when I've read 120 but I'll do my best. ;o)

A Passion Most Pure - Julie Lessman
A Passion Redeemed - Julie Lessman
Steve and Me - Terri Irwin
The Healing Stones - Nancy Rue & Stephen Arterburn
Wednesday Letters - Jason F. Wright
My Soul To Keep - Melanie Wells
In The Shadow of Lions - Ginger Garrett
Quills and Promises Tiffany Amber Miller
Isolation - Travis Thrasher
This of course has to be the final choice -
It's Not About Me - Michelle Sutton

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

1. The Hunted by Mike Dellosso
2. The Parting - Beverly Lewis
3. The Forbidden - Beverly Lewis
4. The Longing - Beverly Lewis
5. Sunset - Karen Kingsbury
6. Just Beyond the Clouds - Karen
7. Between Sundays - Karen
8. Quaker Summer - Lisa Samson
9. Club Sandwich - Lisa Samson
10. The Living End - Lisa Samson

Susan :)
susanjreinhardt at gmail dot com