Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Relz Reviewz Top 10 Reads of 2008

Oh, my this gets harder every year! I have had to be ruthless to narrow my favourite books of 2008 to only 10.

Here they are in no particular order (click on the links for my reviews):~

Havah by Tosca Lee

Fossil Hunter by John B Olson

The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter

By Reason of Insanity by Randy Singer

Forsaken by James David Jordan

Healing Promises by Amy Wallace

Taming Rafe by Susan May Warren

The Restorer's Journey by Sharon Hinck

Love Starts with Elle by Rachel Hauck

A Constant Heart by Siri Mitchell

And because I couldn't bear not to mention them (and it is my list after all!) the following are also must r
eads from 2008:~

The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner

A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman

Summer Snow by Nicole Baart

Orchid House by Cindy Martinusen Coloma

Home Another Way by Christa Parrish

Matchpoint by Erynn Mangum

The Duchess and the Dragon by Jamie Carie

And do you know what the best thing is? Most, if not all, of these writers have books releasing in 2009 :) Don't know about you but I can't wait.

I'll be posting a list of 09 releases I am highly anticipating

Please comment and let me know your top 10 (or less!) of 2008. I'd love to see what we have in common...or not!


Anonymous said...

Great List! I enjoyed Love Starts with Elle too...I have A Convenient Groom and A Constant Heart on my TBR pile. ANd I loved both of Julie Lessman's books.

Lindsey said...

Fossil Hunter and The Shape of Mercy are on my list, too! Course mine ended up only being three books because I only started reviewing 2008 books late 2008. The Host was also great!

I think I need to read Havah, it's on a lot of people's top 2008 lists!

Rachel Hauck said...

Great list, Rel. I'm honored to be among them. Elle thanks you, too!

Denise Hunter, Susan Meissner, and Siri Mitchell are some of my favorite authors.

Happy New Year.


Amy Wallace said...

What a super end of the year blessing to have made your awesome top 10 list! I'm sooooo excited and honored!

Hope your New Year is filled with peace, joy and tons of heart-warming stories.

Denise Hunter said...

I'm honored to be in such wonderful company. Thanks, Rel.

This year I really enjoyed Love Begins with Elle by Rachel Hauck and Susan Meissner's The Shape of Mercy. I'll have to check out some of the other books on your list.

Michelle Sutton said...

I'm adding Sweetwater Gap to my list of top fiction for 2008! Hurry up and read it so you can add it to your list before the first of January!

Deena said...

Our lists don't have much in common, but mine is up at Best Books of 2008--and I haven't even worked my way through the piles to some of the titles you chose:-)

Variety is the spice of life--and book blogs:-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Rel. Your choice of Forsaken means a lot to me. Best wishes for a great 2009.

Jim Jordan

Susan May Warren said...

Aw Rel, thanks for including Taming Rafe! What a fun surprise! I'm honored to be among so many of MY favorite authors/books. (And Thanks for the reading list for new faves!) Blessings on your new year!

Sharon Hinck said...

Hi "jane" (hee hee!)
What a blessing to be included in your top ten. You have been such a huge encouragement to me.
Thanks for all you do for Christian authors.
Blessings and happy reading in 2009!

Nicole said...

Well, I haven't gotten to Havah or The Shape of Mercy yet, so keep that in mind. Naming just 10 is ridiculous, isn't it? Phew! In no particular order:

Demon . . . a memoir by Tosca Lee
The Rook by Steven James
less than DEad by Tim Downs
Dogwood by Chris Fabry
Adam by Ted Dekker
Black Sea Affair by Donald Brown
Try Dying; Try Darkness by James Scott Bell
Perfect by Harry Kraus, MD
The Heir by Paul Robertson
Zora and Nicky; Wounded by Claudia Mair Burney

Yes, I cheated.

Rel said...

Thanks to you all for dropping by :) Happy New Year!

Tosca said...

Thank you, Rel, for including Havah on this list--it's an honor to be listed next to these authors and friends. And thank you for the work that goes into your site and reviews--what a great service to readers!

Anonymous said...

Definitely agree with you on Love Starts With Elle. Forsaken and Healing Promises both had potential but for hopefully-temporary-fragility reasons, I didn't finish them.

I would definitely put Match Point on the top 10. I just finished it a day or so ago and I love EM's books!! They are laugh-out-loud funny.

I do like Randy Singer and Denise Hunter but don't have either of those books...will keep it in mind!

The only other book I've read on your other list is Home Another Way which was definitely good (and from you!).

twiga92 said...

I love, love, loved The Convenient Groom! One of my top books for the year as well.

Randy Singer said...


What an honor to make "the list." Those are some of my favorites that I get to rub elbows with. Have a blessed 2009!

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