I set myself a goal of diversifying my reading material this year whilst increasing the volume to 110 books…it was a challenge but I did it! And in the process, I discovered new genres, authors and insights into myself and others.

I love series, it allows for such wonderful world creations and character development. Opening the next one is a treat, returning to the familiar for a new adventure. These are fourteen of my favourite series which I enjoyed this year. Some are just starting and others are several books deep!

Historical Christian series:

  • Orphan Train by Jody Hedlund
  • Daughters of the Mayflower by multiple authors
  • Patchwork Family by Karen Witemeyer
  • The Sugar Baron’s Daughters by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Historical Mystery series:

  • Daisy Dalrymple by Carola Dunn

Fantasy Christian series:

  • The Ravenwood Saga by Morgan L. Busse

Fantasy series:

  • Vatta’s Peace by Elizabeth Moon
  • Chronicles of Elantra by Michelle Sagara

Christian Suspense Romance series:

  • Chesapeake Valor by Dani Pettrey
  • Lavender Tides by Colleen Coble
  • Kaely Quinn Profiler by Nancy Mehl

Christian Romance Series

  • Bradford Sisters Romance by Becky Wade
  • Supper Club by Carla Laureano
  • Blue Ridge by Denise Hunter

I don’t love novellas, but, as favourite authors keep writing novellas for favourite series, I have had to read several this year and discovered I can actually enjoy a short story! They are often sold in bundles so these are nine stories but sold in three books, all great!

  • The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love Through the Generations by Karen Witemeyer, Kristi Ann Hunter, Sarah Loudin Thomas and Becky Wade
  • Ladies of Intrigue: 3 tales of 19th Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery by Michelle Griep – out on 1 February 2019
  • All is Calm and All is Bright by Colleen Coble

Non-fiction takes me longer to read but lights up my brain, chewing over new information is wonderful and exciting! Here are my favourite journeys of discoveries:

Bible studies

  • The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • The Portable Seminary by David Horton
  • It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst
  • Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado
  • Praying with Jane by Rachel Dodge
  • What Matters Most by Karen Ehman
  • I Am Loved by Wendy Blight

Leadership and Marketing

  • Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller

Gardening

  • The English Country House Garden by George Plumptre
  • Gardenlust by Christopher Woods
  • The Garden in Every Sense and Season by Tovah Martin

A great author who doesn’t write series but does write amazing fiction is Jaime Jo Wright. If you haven’t read her suspense novels yet, I highly recommend them!

Here’s to many more books to be read in 2019, new and old! Did you find a goodie? I’d love to add to my to be read pile so please share in the comments!

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