Welcome to my annual “best-of” celebration! I’m changing it up a bit and separating the categories of my yearly best-of lists over a few days. All of this is to celebrate their distinction and spend a few more days talking about all the wonderful entertainment of 2018.
Day 1. Best of 2018: Novellas
Day 2. Best of 2018: Historical Books
Day 3. Best of 2018: Contemporary Books
Day 4. Goodbye 2018 & Looking Ahead
Today is about CONTEMPORARY BOOKS, AKA the category with the most favorites. I read more contemporary stories this year… and there several on this list! Maybe that means I know what I like?! I think so. Like my historical list, most are from this year, but a few were released prior to 2018.
The rules: sometimes I have to make boundaries for myself when it comes to talking about books because we would all be here a long time if were able to ramble on. SO, I’m sticking to my format of last year and choosing to share 3 things that describe each of these stories along with a link to Goodreads and my review. In no particular order…
Best of 2018: Contemporary Books
Then There Was You by Kara Isaac | Review
Laughter. Living. Chemistry.
The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano | Review
Culinary dream. Delightful complexity. Relationships.
Blue Columbine by Jennifer Rodewald | Review
Grace. Redemption. Raw emotions.
The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce | Review
Friendship. Dreams. True selflessness.
Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig | Review
Epic action. Brotherhood. Sacrifice.
No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert | Review
Empathy. Call to love. Relevant.
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Amy Matayo | Review
Power of words. Choices. Connection.
When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham | Review
Music. Trust. Home.
Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh | Review
Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Homecoming.
Wait for Me by Susan May Warren | Review to come
Adventure. Love worth the risk. Timing.
A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson | Review
Heritage. Romance. Worth.
Your turn! What were your favorite contemporary reads of 2018? Have you read any of these?
I’ve only read A Sparkle of Silver, and The Saturday Night Supper Club. I have a copy of No One Ever Asked in my TBR Stack…
I won a ARC of Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe from Carla Laureano in her 12 Days of Christmas contest, just started it last night, great so far!
Oh, enjoy reading Carla’s! I have no doubt it will be fabulous!!!
No One Ever Asked is SUCH a unique and unexpected story. I hope you like it some time! Thanks for dropping by the blog!
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Sadly I didn’t get to read Liz’s or Amy’s last year, but they’ll still be there this year, so… 🙂 Glad to know you enjoyed them so much, Courtney; and I love your concise format!