But looking ahead to 2012 is for tomorrow. Today I'm looking back on 2011, remembering some of my favorites!
These are my favorite Christian fiction books published in 2011. I chose 11 for 2011 - but don't let the ranking fool you, as these are all great books!
Such a fun time-travel series - full of romance and adventure! Love the quote from this third installment that encompasses the titles of the books in this series (Waterfall, Cascade, and Torrent):
"My eyes shifted to the trickling river. Come spring, it would be ten times as wide and just as deep. On and on it went, rushing toward the distant horizon. Like time. Like life. Sometimes gently falling from one pool into the other, other times fast and cascading, and still other times narrowing into a funnel, a torrent of knots and waves."
Sundin's writing is so engaging, full of great imagery. Love the characters - American heroes from WWII!
#9 A Wedding Invitation
Wisler's writing strikes a chord with me - especially with the heroine in this book! Unique style and great descriptions make this a sweet, meaningful read.
After devouring Griep's first book (Gallimore) a while back, it came as no surprise that I fell in love with this book, too! Another time-travel book, this one has vikings, exciting romance, and a message about sacrificial love. Awesome!
#7 The Search
Fisher's writing is so down-to-earth, but also surprising and lovely! This one is my favorite of hers so far, but I do have The Keeper to review soon, so we'll see how it goes... =)
#6 The Colonel's Lady
The story is just as beautiful as the cover! Great historical romance.
#5 A Lasting Impression
Just like The Colonel's Lady - an historical romance that is as lovely as its cover! Very well-done! (In my opinion, it's hard to go wrong with a Laura Frantz or Tamera Alexander book - they're both such talented authors!)
#4 Spring for Susannah
Most of the books on this list are by authors whose work I've loved for a while - so it's not much of a surprise that their more recent works blessed me. But Spring for Susannah was an unexpected treat from a new author - something fresh, different, and oh-so wonderful!
#3 Surrender the Night
Tyndall writes such thrilling sea-faring romance - but how wonderful to discover that she writes great romance on land, too! This is my favorite of the "Surrender to Destiny" series - full of romance, danger, and (of course!) destiny. Loved it!
When my blogging friend Renee raved about this book, I knew I wanted to read it - and it certainly didn't disappoint! This is a bold, moving look at the Vietnam War with a unique romance story.
#1 There You'll Find Me
Another sweet, sweet surprise! (Well, not a surprise in the sense that others have been praising Jones' work for a while, but a surprise in the sense of how much I loved it!) This book is just so well-written - humorous, romantic, but with a slow-building seriousness and a powerful ending.
Favorite Blog Posts
- Sunday by the Sea (How to Train Your Dragon)
- Season of Love Blog Party with MaryLu Tyndall (And just hosting the Season of Love Blog Party in general!)
- Campfire: Third Evening (And all of the Camp Humility posts! I love "going to camp" with you!)
- My Review of Plain Fear: Forsaken (This review was a bit challenging and yet interesting to write!)
- A Magical Vacation (Gotta love Disneyland!)
Blogging has been such a blessing to me, and I'm so glad to know all of you because of it!
Last year I also had a post for my favorite movies of 2010, but I decided to skip that this year. I'd love to hear about your favorites of 2011, though - books, blog posts, or movies!