It’s getting close to the end of the year and the buzz around some book lovers’ social media posts are the 2019 or 2020 reading challenge. Readers have asked for recommended books to add to their lists for the upcoming year or their recommendations for others.

Recently, I was chatting with some friends who lamented on not knowing which books to choose as their next read or audio listen.

I thought it’d be fun to give you the titles to books I’ve enjoyed reading over the past year or two. Many of these books I’ve reviewed and posted to this site or Good Reads. Ones I haven’t reviewed on this site or elsewhere are starred*.

Without further introduction, here are my top book choices in various categories, and in no particular order:


  1. The Sierra Mountain Sweethearts by Mary Conneally – Humour, adventure, action and a bit of romance sprinkled in. Historical Fiction. Three books: The Accidental Guardian, The Reluctant Warrior, The Unexpected Champion.
  2. The Tinderbox and The Timepiece* by Beverly Lewis – Amish duology. The second book takes place a mere day or two after the first one ends.
  3. The Saturday Night Supper Club Series by Carla Laureano – Three book series, third to be released in 2020: The Saturday Night Supper Club*, Brunch at the Bittersweet Café, Solid Grounds Coffee Company. Warning: Food alert! Must have snacks while reading these.


  1. Things I Never Told You – by Beth Vogt. Tissue alert! A twin deals with the loss of her sister.
  2. Reason to Breathe – by Debra Raney. The death of a loved parent brings three very different sisters home. This is book one to the series, book 2 releases in November 2019.
  3. Wooing Cadie MacCaffrey – by Bethany Turner.
  4. The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck* – by Bethany Turner.
  5. The Heart Between Us – by Lindsay Harrell. Tissue alert!


  1. Lethal Target – by Janice Cantore
  2. Cold Aim – by Janice Cantore
  3. Stormy Haven – by Elizabeth Goddard
  4. Synapse – by Steven James. This one is more sci-fi and gives you lots of food for thought!


  1. Catching Christmas – by Terri Blackstock. Humorous Christmas tale and lots of laugh out loud moments. This one is an award winner.
  2. Merry and Bright* – by Debbie Macomber

TIME SLIP (2 parallel, connected stories)

  1. Hidden Among the Stars – by Melanie Dobson.
  2. *The Writing Desk – by Rachel Hauck


  1. The Noble Guardian – by Michelle Griep
  2. The Reluctant Bride – by Jody Hedlund. Lots of tame romance in this one. Tissue alert. Canadian connection.
  3. Diamond in the Rough – by Jen Turano. This is the second book of a series, but it does well as a stand alone. Too many funny moments to count.
  4. The Spice King – by Elizabeth Camden
  5. The Number of Love – by Roseanna White


  1. I Can’t Believe You Just Said That – by Ginger Hubbard. A parenting book that addresses heart issues and how to discuss it with your kids.
  2. Lies Girls Believe – by Dannah Gresh. Based on the non-fiction book by Nancy Lee DeMoss for women, Lies Women Believe.


  1. Julie Klassen – historical Christian fiction with a bit of intrigue
  2. Beverly Lewis – Amish Christian fiction, contemporary and historical
  3. Debbie Macomber – her work is not considered Christian Fiction, but she’s a professed believer and threads of faith, hope, and God’s forgiveness are found in many of her books. Always clean.
  4. John Grisham – definitely not Christian Fiction, but again, he’s a professed Christian. Legal thrillers and sometimes surprise endings.
  5. Jody Hedlund – historical Christian fiction. Some of the book series are heavy romance, but others are based heavily on historical figures like Martin Luther, John Bunyan, Newton.