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Five on Friday

 
For my first Five on Friday of 2019, I’m bringing you five Top Ten/Best Book lists of 2018 that I found on other blogs.

 
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My Top Ten Reads of 2018!   by Jenna M
Posted on December 28, 2018 

Where has the year gone?

Hello, friends! The year isn’t quite over, so here’s hoping I don’t stumble across a new favorite book between now and Tuesday, because I’m compiling my top ten list today. 2018 was my first year of book blogging, and I’ve found so many wonderful books due to this hobby. For each entry on this list, I’ll provide the blurb from Goodreads and tell you a little bit about why I loved each book.
So, without further ado, let’s count down to my favorite book of 2018…

(Jenna Bookish)

 
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Best Books I Read in 2018   by Liza
Posted on January 1, 2019 

Time for part 2 of my end of the year series! We went from a bad note with my Books I DNFd in 2018 post to a good note with Best Books I Read in 2018!
This list will be split into standalones/first books in a series & sequels. Lets jump in!

(Dusk Angel Reads)

 
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My 2018 Top 12 Books   by SnoopyDoo
Posted on December 29, 2018 

I can’t believe we reached the end of 2018. Reading wise it was a great year, I read a good part of my never ending TBR, I found some new and amazing authors and I finished some truly amazing series. Some of them long running. While I took some of 2018 off from blogging I still kept on reading and I actually finished my Goodreads goal early this year 🙂

(SnoopyDoo’s Book Reviews)

 
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My Top Ten Books of 2018   by Fee Roberts
Posted on December 31, 2018 

I read some familiar authors and discovered new authors. I love discovering new authors. I hope you all can discover some new authors, too. I read some really good books this year and I hope to read more good books in 2019. As for my best of post, this was such a hard decision, but I did it. Feel free to give some of these authors a shot, if you haven’t already. Wishing you all the best for your reading goals in 2019! Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

(FeeRtheDragon)

 
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Best Books of 2018   by Stacy Alesi
Posted on December 31, 2018 

Every year I think I will do a top ten list and every year I just can’t do it. That said, there were three books that I recommended over and over again this year – The Wife by Alafair Burke, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, and The Widower’s Notebook by Jonathan Santlofer.

Here are my 25 favorite reads of 2018.

(Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch)

 
I hope you found, as I did, some new books to add to your 2019 reading list.

 

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My Top Ten Books 2018

Following on from yesterday’s honourable mentions, today I bring you my ten favourite reads from 2018.

 

Skin Deep
Paranormal Detectives Series Book Six
by Lily Luchesi

Skin Deep

 

The animal inside wants to come out and play.

Skin changers are able to look like anyone of any race and gender, which makes them the most dangerous criminals in the paranormal community. Only one person in modern history has ever successfully captured and executed one.

When a skin changer starts attacking government workers in Chicago, they have no choice but to call in their last resort. However, their solution might create even more danger for the city and its people. What does the skin changer want, and how does it fit into a possible Undead uprising?

 

 

 

The Coven Princess
by Lily Luchesi

The Coven Princess

 

Your blood does not define you.

Harley Torrance’s parents were killed in a home invasion when she was three. Adopted by a nice couple, Harley begins to develop strange powers. At fourteen she brews a potion so strong it gains the attention of the Coven King, and changes her world forever.

She’s not human, she’s a witch.

Now a part of the magical community, Harley must learn to control her powers lest the Darkness already in her blood overcomes her. Can she dampen her lust for power in order to stop the Dark from taking over the Coven and killing everyone in their way?

 

 

 

Winter Trials
Northern Witch #1
by K.S. Marsden

Winter Trials

 

With Midwinter just around the corner, Mark’s Nanna decides that it is time he learnt more about his family heritage. Learning witchcraft shouldn’t be too difficult, right?

Balancing school, magic, and the distractions of the gorgeous new guy, should make this a very interesting winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before Death
A Dead Normal Novel
by D M Singh

Before Death

 

I am young, in love and dead.

It’s hard to imagine that people or things like me come from somewhere, but just like every superhero or villain, we all have an origin story.

This is mine.

My name is Derek but you can call me Death.

#deadisthenewsexy

 

 

 

 

 

In the Presence of Knowing
Secrets of Windy Springs
by Valarie Savage Kinney

In the Presence of Knowing

 
Keisha is pregnant and on the run from an abusive ex-boyfriend. Hiding out at Windy Springs Renaissance Festival, she discovers a world of magic.

Stepping into new and unfamiliar territory, she finds herself among people different from any she’s met before. Though she feels she’ll never fit in, Keisha finds hope when she meets Rogan, who plays the troll. As friendship blossoms into romance, she soon discovers that Rogan, as well as others at Windy Springs, have abilities beyond the average individual – abilities that the child growing within her shares as well. When danger comes to Windy Springs, she’ll need the combined powers of Rogan and his friends to keep her and the baby safe.
In the Presence of Knowing is the first book in the Secrets of Windy Springs series. Grab your copy today and find out what mysteries await within the magical forest at Windy Springs.

 

 

Treaters
The Divine Conflict #1
by C.J. Rutherford

Treaters

The worst nightmares come from below!

Warning. This book contains graphic violence, profanity, and scenes of a sexual nature.


When the world ends on Halloween night, Jaz, a retired US Marine, thinks it’s all over. His friends, his family…they’re all gone. He’s alone and on the run.

He encounters Jennifer, a 19-year-old waitress hiding in her dad’s roadside diner, and together they begin a desperate dash to the desolation of North Dakota, as far away from the slaughterhouses of the cities as they can get.

Their imagined safety doesn’t last long, as Jaz and Jennifer realize the attack was just the first strike in a battle that has raged since the dawn of time.

 

 

Angel: The Mithista Incident
Aetherian Chronicles, #1
by Scott A. Borgman

Angel The Mithista IncidentTwenty-three year old Dani Taylor has a job, an apartment, and bills. She’s single. She loves pizza, ice cream, and hanging out with her two best friends. At the end of the week, she likes to go out with them both to unwind and have a night of fun at their favorite dance club. She has a typical, normal life.

That’s about to change.

What starts as a headache becomes an image burning in her mind that she discovers is no figment of her imagination. It’s a repressed memory. And there’s a reason why it’s suddenly been recalled.

What do you do when a repressed memory isn’t all that comes back? When there’s a deadly Haragan alien hunting for you, and a mysterious, shadowy organization also wants you dead?

When you’re Earth’s only hope for survival, do you hide who you are? Or do you choose to fight, to embrace your true self…

And be the superhero the world needs you to be?

 

 

Blood and Bile
Legacy #1
by J.C. Boyd & Joshua Robertson

Blood and Bile“Before the world came to be, there was nary beginning nor end, nary sky-shield nor night-wheel, nary war-garb nor shield-foe, nary fate-heeder nor fate-weaver, nor any thing living or dying or dead.”

Ranvir ripped meat from bone, the dew of deep wounds dribbling between his fingers. He packed the flesh into his teeth-house, chewing happily.

His wife gaped at him, word-land soundless, forehead-stones devoured long ago, and wound-necklace torn from ear to ear.

She had never looked more beautiful.

His hands probed into her blood’s-seat for another bite, nails scraping against cartilage, fingers squeezing organ and fat, seeking a tasty morsel.

Ranvir heard the rasping of his tent flap open, but did not turn from his meal. Snaer’s brisk breath briefly touched his back. and then he felt it no more. He swallowed another mouthful and pulled at his wife’s skin to gaze at the glossy remains.

A voice, light and feminine, spoke.

“Ranvir?”

 

Ashes to Ashes
Undead Unit Book 5
by Markie Madden

Ashes to Ashes

With the success of Undead Units spreading through law enforcement agencies around the world, Lacey, Colton, and Kazz are sent to Egypt to teach Lacey’s friend, Chantay, how to form and manage an Undead Unit of her own.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian government is preparing to unveil a startling secret: the resurrection of ancient Pharaoh, Akhenaten, using DNA from this unpopular leader’s mummy to clone a new body for him. Egypt’s people despise Akhenaten; this King once tried to force monotheism across the land.

Long thought dead, an ancient religious cult still lives on in the form of an Immortal Phoenix, who does everything in his power to prevent the reanimation of Egypt’s most infamous king. Can Lacey’s team, along with local authorities stop him before he sabotages this fantastic scientific breakthrough?

 

 

Barnacle Brat
a Dark Comedy for Grown-Ups
by Adrian Baldwin

Barnacle BratLosing your grip on reality is a real bummer.

Just ask Leon Blank. Not that he’d know.
Seems those losing their marbles are always the last to find out.

Until recently, Leon would have argued that a tendency to become
easily sidetracked on a regular basis wasn’t that odd.
And what’s so unusual about hearing a voice inside your head?
Doesn’t everyone? Isn’t that just thinking?
But his recent visions aren’t so freely dismissed; especially the angry-
looking clown who’s following him around with a baseball bat.

Time to act, Leon decides: perhaps keeping a log
will shed light on the mystery.
Then again, could ‘seeing-things’ just be sexual frustration?
It’s been a while! If only he had a girlfriend to take his mind off stuff.

Prepare to enter the normally hidden world of delusions,
paranoia, and … ahem … ‘unusual interests’:
Voyeurism; Feederism; Shoes – that kind of thing.

My Top Ten Books 2018

I have read fewer books than usual this year, but many of them have been by my favourite authors and this is making it really difficult to choose a Top Ten.

Today I’m going to start with a few honourable mentions, which could just as easily be on my Top Ten list!

I’m going to kick off with books by two authors who have been in my top ten list for the past two years, and also have books on this years list:

The Coven Heir
The Coven Series Book Two
by Lily Luchesi

The Coven Heir

The Dark never dies.

One year after The Company of Clan Munro was defeated, things in the UK Coven are settling down, and also beginning to be shaken up.

The Princess, Harley Sinclair, is building her potion business and planning a wedding to James Quigley, while still taking lessons from her father, the Coven King.

Her younger half-brother, Nick Smith, is moving to London with three friends … including Roger Ainsley, the son of the former leader of the Dark.

When a mysterious stranger appears back from the dead, his words of warning of another Dark Clan rising might change Nick and Harley’s lives forever.

There’s a deathwitch in the Coven, and she has her sights set on the Princess.

 

Bad Reputation

by Lily Luchesi

Bad Reputation

 
She’s a mercenary on a mission.

Bree Carson is an Undead assassin who makes her living using her supernatural abilities to kill criminals of all kinds, protecting humanity. But Chicago’s new mayor wants her and all other paranormals either jailed or killed, and Bree’s bad reputation has her at the top of the list.

When she’s arrested one night, she’s confronted by the mayor…but not for an execution. Ilona wants to hire Bree for a very specific mission that will prove to be personal and potentially harmful to them both.

Can they put their differences aside in order to save a life?

 

 

 

Awaken
Northern Witch #2
by K.S. Marsden

Awaken

 

Mark has everything he ever wanted. He is training to be a fully-fledged witch; and he is dating the hottest guy at school.
But events from last winter have set things into motion that he is not prepared for.

Witches, demons, and danger come together to prove that this… this is only the beginning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Other books getting a mention today are by two more authors who also have books on my Top Ten list this year:

Dead Normal
by D.M. Singh

Dead Normal

 

“My name is Amanda and at the ripe age of 23 I’m dead. I got the biggest shock of my after-life, when I discovered that what I thought was a near-death experience was just…death. What could be weirder than that you say? I just met death and his name is Derek.”

Amanda discovers that in order to move on, she must experience the things she never did while alive, Accompanied by her very own Grim Reaper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Knowing Comes
Secrets of Windy Springs #2
by Valarie Savage Kinney

When Knowing Comes

 
Twisted magic pervades the enchanted forest at Windy Springs Renaissance Festival. Strange physical symptoms plague Keisha as her second season of vending at Windy Springs begins.

Violence and destruction bring fear to the festival as long-harbored secrets threaten to emerge. When stunning truths are unveiled, Keisha struggles to come to grips with a new reality. Will her relationship with Rogan withstand the coming changes or will the darkness he reveals about his past destroy the promise of their future?

When Knowing Comes is the second book in the Secrets of Windy Springs series. Grab your copy today and find out what mysteries await within the magical forest at Windy Springs.

 

 

 

The Knowing Child
Secrets of Windy Springs #3
by Valarie Savage Kinney

The Knowing Child

 
Evie O’Connor isn’t a typical three-year-old. She hears the cries of the dead and the dying. Her burgeoning ability brings the scars of a painful past into her parent’s lives.

No matter how hard she tries to forget, the effects of neglect and abuse linger in Keisha O’Connor’s mind. Nightmares, anxiety, and something more sinister have a grip on her she can’t break. When her daughter Evie makes a terrifying announcement, the walls surrounding her perfect life come tumbling down.

At Windy Springs Renaissance Festival, the familiar isn’t what it seems. A bizarre twist of fate puts Evie in danger as the Rennies band together to save the child… and possibly take down one of their own.

 

 

Had I added the books above, my Top Ten would have been taken by these four authors alone.

I’d love for you to come back tomorrow and see which books and authors made it onto my Top Ten List for 2018

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Eleanor and The Christmas Carol Fudge by Tamara Passey

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Eleanor is saving her grandmother’s fudge business but is becoming like Scrooge in the process. 

The consultant she hires to help is a friend from high school who hasn’t given up his secret crush for her. 

Will the Christmas spirit melt her heart or will she miss out on the love of her life?

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Tamara Passey, author of the The Christmas Tree Keeper: A Novel, was born and raised in Massachusetts around a large family, one that has served as inspiration for most of her writing. She loves most creative endeavors and when she isn’t writing or re-writing, you can find her baking or cross-stitching or walking–though not all at the same time. She lives with her husband and children in Arizona.

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10 top favorite things:

  1.    A call from a friend
  2.    Homemade chocolate chip cookies
  3.    Daughter’s smiles and laughter
  4.    Book Club
  5.    Clean sheets
  6.    Sunrises
  7.    Sunsets
  8.    Rain
  9.    A full house
  10.    A quiet house

 

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A Christmas Carol for Candy by Peggy Urry

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“A Christmas engagement, broken two months later, rocked Candy Kaine’s world. After months of a schedule crammed with college courses, a full time job, and a few side jobs, the busyness is wearing thin. But school is still top priority. Until a fancy resort threatens to buy the satellite campus in the small town where she lives and takes classes.

Jace Marlowe has been down on his luck. Can a temporary job for an upscale resort in his home town be the turn around he’s looking for? The only problem? His grandmother’s beautiful neighbor who wants to keep the school just where it is. If she doesn’t get her way will she be as vindictive as his ex?

A charmed nativity facilitates the past, present, and future experiences for Candy but will she have the courage to open her heart before it’s too late?”

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Day 5 CCB AuthorPeggy is a small town girl who loves the city and the ocean (and the mountains as long as she doesn’t have to camp or hike). 

She credits her dad and the lack of television in her parents’ home for her love of reading and her imagination. She credits the guy who’s been hanging the moon for over 25 years for her belief in romance and true love. Five wonderful children, extended family, and great friends keep life exciting. 

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Top Ten List:

  1.    Favorite food: Indian (with Mexican a close second)
  2.    Favorite color: purple
  3.    Served a religious mission in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido
  4.    My hair is currently purple
  5.    I can solve a Rubiks cube
  6.    I love traveling
  7.    I love crafting
  8.    I grew up on a farm
  9.    I have five kids, one son-in-law, and one granddaughter
  10.    My husband is my best friend

 

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When Night Falls Around Us by Laura L. Walker

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“Nineteen-year-old Felicity Everstone is living her dream while attending college and serving alongside her parents in the North Atlanta Georgia Mission for the LDS Church–not to mention dating a charming guy who sweeps her off her feet. But when she is unexpectedly sent home to Idaho to care for her nephew through her sister-in-law’s difficult pregnancy, and the friend she has been sharing the gospel with no longer wants to pursue that path, everything that once brought light and joy into her life nearly flickers out. Until she meets her good-looking but solemn neighbor, Erik.

Erik Cannon has already lost the love of his life. Now, as a young, successful businessman, making money seems to be his God-given talent, but he can no longer ignore the emptiness he feels inside. He needs to find purpose and meaning in his life once again. When his best friend’s sister comes to help her family through a crisis, Erik’s heart is reawakened. He senses this is a second chance at love for him, and that he and Felicity might be able to build a beautiful life together–until her old boyfriend comes back into the picture.

When darkness settles over Erik and Felicity’s path, will their emerging love be enough to light the way?”

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Laura L. Walker grew up in a large family in the beautiful Gila Valley of southern Arizona. From the time Laura was young, she spent hours drawing characters on paper and fantasizing about their adventures. Life became more serious, however, when she met her own hero at Northern Arizona University and they later became the parents of six children. 

In between spurts of grocery shopping, sewing costumes or quilts, transporting kids to practices, and making dinner, Laura still enjoys putting her imagination to good use. She is the author of seven novels and three novellas.

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10 Favorite Things:

  1.    Christmas
  2.    Chocolate
  3.    Family
  4.    Reading
  5.    Writing
  6.    Red
  7.    Mountains
  8.    Learning about history
  9.    Being a mom
  10.    The gospel of Jesus Christ

   

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Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch

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A stolen Christmas kiss leaves them bewildered and breathless. A charming rogue-turned-vicar, Will wants to prove that he left his rakish days behind him, but an accidental kiss changes all his plans. His secret could bring them together…or divide them forever.

Holly has two Christmas wishes this year; finally earn her mother’s approval by gaining the notice of a handsome earl, and learn the identity of the stranger who gave her a heart-shattering kiss…even if that stranger is the resident Christmas ghost.

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Day 2 CCB AuthorDonna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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Top Ten List:

  1.    I adore cats–kittens are even more fun.
  2.    Claustrophia is one of my biggest challenges.
  3.    My favorite sports are water sports. I love swimming, boating, wake surfing, rowing around on a canoe, and simply walking along the beach of an ocean or lake.
  4.    I enjoy horseback riding and hope someday to take lessons so I can learn how to do it well. I’d also love to learn how to ride side saddle.
  5.    One of my favorite ways to have a good time with friends is having a tea party. I also love to play board games and card games.
  6.    Due to moves in my childhood, I attended 9 different schools including 3 junior high schools. Being the new kid isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
  7.    I love chocolate. Chocolate has seen me through many brutal revisions. But please hold the dark chocolate–in most cases, it’s too chalky and bitter. I love MILK chocolate, with or without caramel, and with or without nuts. Mmmmm. Salted caramel is a very close second.
  8.    My favorite color is blue scruffy shade of blue is beautiful. I also adore pink but there are a lot of ugly shades of pink so I’m pickier on that one.
  9.    Though I’m not a real gardener, I love flowers, and I find it rewarding to plan and then carry out ways to add color to my yard.
  10.    I love to dance–any kind–but most especially ballet and ballroom. I would dance every day if I could.

 

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