2014 in Review: #4 & #3

ID-10088833Now that 2014 has drawn to a close and 2015 is here and upon us, I wanted to take some time this month to reflect on the best of what I read this past year.  I read way more than I ever have in a single year (306 books!) and while a few of them were not ones I’d recommend, most books were compelling and engaging reads.  While everything I’d recommend is either already here on the blog or still to come (I’ve some reviews already queued out into March), I’m going to highlight the 10 books I read in 2014 that I rated a whopping 5 stars.

Note: These are books I read in 2014, not necessarily published in 2014.

#4 – Something Like Winter by Jay Bell

Tim and Ben’s story is told quite well in Something Like Summer.  This follow-up gives readers the story from Tim’s perspective, filling in the holes about what happened in Tim’s life when he and Ben were apart and then continues the story beyond the first book.  And it’s masterfully written, incredibly engaging, and beyond moving.  I do think that reading the first book helps make this one more poignant, but it can also be read as a stand-alone if one is so inclined.  See my full review of Something Like Winter.

#3 – Love Comes Home by Andrew Grey

Gregory Hampton is a single father dealing with the knowledge that his 10-year-old son is slowly going blind.  All he wants is to find a way for his son to be happy, and that may mean having to put his own happiness on hold.  But when Tom Spangler shows up in their lives, he learns that both might be closer than he expected.  See my full review of Love Comes Home.

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