~My Top 20+ Picks for 2014~Books,Food,and Movies!~HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Hi Everyone!! Happy New Year! I know I was supposed to do this like last year but…. It didn’t happen that way! Better late than never!  I hope you enjoy it all the same. I’m proud of myself because I did read a lot of books from my  ever growing To Be Read list. I’m Happy! I had actually set a goal on Goodreads to read 40 books thinking I wouldn’t have time but I actually read over a 100 books. That’s an accomplishment to me!  Hopefully I try to keep you updated on the books I look forward to reading for 2015! Enjoy! 🙂

Oh yeah! I got a Kindle for Christmas so I’m looking forward to reading a whole lot more books! If anyone can tell me where I can find free ebooks or discounted ebooks either Christian fiction or Classics. PLEASE LET ME KNOW!! Thank you kindly! 🙂

 

  ~Christian Fiction Historical~

A Beauty So Rare (Belmont Mansion, #2)

A Beauty So Rare~Tamera Alexander -5 stars

~”This book was AWESOME! Her best yet!”~

Beyond All Dreams

~Beyond All Dreams~Elizabeth Camden~ 5 stars

“I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to read a book by Elizabeth Camden before the year was out.  I’m so glad that I got to read this wonderful story! I devoured this book prettily quickly. I don’t regret a thing about reading this book! LOVED it!”

The Governess of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides, #1)

~The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky~ 5 stars

A Match Made in Texas

A Match Made in Texas by Karen Witemeyer,et al~5 stars

A Memory Between Us (Wings of Glory, #2)

~A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin~ 5 stars~

Sarah Sundin has became one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy her writing. It’s fresh and very creative.

For Such a Time

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin~5 stars~

Kate Breslin is a new author with so much potential and talent. I’m  looking forward to reading more from her.

Under a Blackberry Moon (Michigan Northwoods, #3)

Under a Blackberry Moon by Serena Miller~5 stars

Wow! This was so good! If you haven’t read it, you should. Need I say more? lol!

Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska, #1)

~Dawn’s Prelude by Tracie Peterson~5 stars

While Love Stirs (The Gregory Sisters, #2)

While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad~ 4 stars~

 

 

 

Glittering Promises (Grand Tour, #3)

    Glittering Promises by Lisa Bergren~4 stars

Love in Disguise

Love in Disguise by Carol Cox~4 stars

Love Comes Calling

Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell~4 stars

A Bride for Keeps (Unexpected Brides, #1)

A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears~4 stars

The Husband Campaign (The Master Matchmakers, #3)                                                          The Husband Campaign by Regina Scott- 4 stars~

Gunpowder Tea (The Brides of Last Chance Ranch, #3)

  Gunpowder Tea by Maragaret Brownley~4 stars

Caught in the Middle (Ladies of Caldwell County, #3)

Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings~ 4 stars~

This was AWESOME!!!

Blue Skies Tomorrow (Wings of Glory #3)

Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin~5 stars~

City of Angels (Shannon Saga, #1)

      City of Angels by Tracie Peterson~4 stars

The Quarryman's Bride (Land of Shining Water, #2)

  The Quarryman’s Bride by Tracie Peterson~4 stars~

A Distant Melody  (Wings of Glory, #1)

     A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin~ 4 stars~

The Miner's Lady (Land of Shining Water #3)

~The Miner’s Lady by Tracie Peterson~ 4 stars

Sarah Plain And Tall                                                                  Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia Maclachlan~5 stars

Fireflies in December

Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent~4 stars~

Now the books below are considered to be timeless classics that are worth reading over and over again!

The Lady of Bolton HillAbove All Earthly Powers (Songs in the Night Series, Book 3)His Watchful EyeThe Maid of Fairbourne HallHearts Awakening (Hearts Along The River #1)Where Willows Grow (Heart of the Prairie #10)Love Comes Softly (Love Comes Softly, #1)

 

                                                                  Regency Era Fiction/Jane Austen Inspired Fiction

Have you checked out BooksShouldBeFree.com? Over 3,000 FREE audiobooks and ebooks -- many classics like Pride & Prejudice!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen~ 5 stars

I loved re-reading this and I think I fell in love with this book all over again. This book is the reason why I LOVE reading Jane Austen!

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

  The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen~4 stars

 

Tree of Life Charlotte & the Colonel: A Pride & Prejudice Companion Story                                                                        Tree of Life by Ginger Monette~ 5 stars~

This book was my first Jane Austen variation and I was not disappointed! I LOVED it!

The Apothecary's Daughter                                                     The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen~ 5 stars~

      (Click the Book to read the review!)

Moonlight Masquerade (London Encounters #1)

         Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell~4 stars~

An Heiress at Heart (Love's Grace, #1)

An Heiress at Heart by Jennifer Delemere~ 4 stars~

Edenbrooke                                                           Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson~5 stars~

“This book was better than when I first read it! How is that possible?”

A Talent for Trouble (Ladies of Distinction, #3)

A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano~5 stars~

“I loved reading this book! It was excellent! Jen Turano has become another one of my favorites. I can’t wait to read more from her.”

The Headmistress of Rosemere (Whispers on the Moors, #2)

The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd~4 stars

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen~5 stars

Jane Austen Ruined My Life

Jane Austen Ruined my Life by Beth Patillo~3 stars~

A Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction, #2)

A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano~4 stars~

 

                                  Amish/Quaker Fiction (click the books to read the  reviews!)

Woman of CourageA Miracle of Hope (The Amish Wonders, #1)

 

                             

 

                                                                                Contemporary Fiction

How a Star Falls

  How a Star Falls by Amber Stokes~5 stars~

One of the best novellas I read in a long while!!

Shattered (Alaskan Courage, #2)

Shattered by Dani Pettrey~ 5 stars~

Fatal Judgment (Guardians of Justice, #1)

Fatal Judgement by Irene Hannon~ 4 stars~

Eyes Wide Open (The Outlaw Chronicles, #1)

Eyes Wide Open by Ted Dekker~4 stars~

Wow! This book really shows how talented Ted Dekker really is! You should read if you   haven’t. It was pretty mind-blowing! AWESOME!

Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding, #1)

Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck~ 4 stars

This was a pretty good read! I enjoyed it also because I love everything that has to do with the monarchy like William and Kate. Etc. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

If the Shoe Fits

    If a Shoe Fits by Sandra Bricker~ 5 stars~

Made to Last (Where Love Begins, #1)

Made to Last by Melissa Tagg~ 4 stars~

Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1)

Submerged by Dani Pettrey~ 4 stars~

Injustice For All (Justice Seekers, #1)

Injustice for All by Robin Caroll~ 4 stars~

The Atonement Child

The Atonment Child by Francine Rivers~4 stars

   

                                                                    ~Best in Biblical Fiction for 2014~

 

In the Field of GraceIn the Shadow of Jezebel (Treasure of His Love)Daughter of DeliveranceHarvest of Rubies (Harvest of Rubies, #1)Abraham & Sarah by Roberta Kells Dorr

 

 

                                   ~Fantasy Fiction~

 

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)

The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)

 

~ Other Random Reads that I found quite enjoyable and inspiring~

Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind

Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for FreedomJane EyreSeven Daughters and Seven Sons

 

Uprising: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother's DaughterMiss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen: Faith, Family, and Food--Bringing Our Home to Your TableMy StoryTreat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today)

 

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FOOD!!!! YUM!!

I’m always happy when I discover a new food or a new way that food is presented!

 

Best Food #1 – Everybody scream ice cream!! Wow! I didn’t know I would really LOVE ice cream as much as I did when I tasted the “QT(Quick Trip) Ice Cream”. It was so fresh, light, and sooo good. It was really a treat. It was vanilla flavored by the way. Me and chocolate has never got along and I would rather prefer vanilla or strawberry.

Best Food # 2– My Grandmother’s So Delicious Recipe. “Sausage Rigatoni”. It’s kinda hard to describe it but I know the main ingredients were Spaghetti Sauce, Rigatoni Pasta, and Sausage, and maybe cheese. I need to ask her about it but it was so GOOD that I daydreamed about it for days on end. It think it maybe was letting the sausage marinate along with the pasta sauce that gave it that extra kick. It was SO good! YUM!!

Best Food# 3– I could have never imagined that Chocolate Chips could get along well inside a Pecan Pie! I had never heard of a “Chocolate Pecan Pie” It was a splendidly well together match. I just savored it again and again. Yum! With each bite I knew I was slowly but surely falling in love! I wouldn’t mind having some right now! 😉

 

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Best Movies that I watched in 2014!

I’ve enjoyed some really great movies and I hope I have included them all this list. Hopefully I will. There were so many movies that warmed me and such gave me a fuzzy feeling of having watched something worthwhile! *Sigh*

Loving Leah
Maleficent

Great new #Maleficent poster and twitter handle revealed! Be sure to follow along, some very big news is coming soon!
Belle
Frozen
One Hundred Foot Journey
Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks
Jane Eyre
The Phantom of the Opera
Just Desserts
Death Comes to Pemberley
The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) -   Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon -   Leslie is the ultimate romantic hero
The Three Musketeers
The Avengers
Mansfield Park
The Woman in White
God’s Not Dead
The Shop Around the Corner
Remember Sunday
When Calls the Heart(movie)
When Calls the Heart(series)
Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace
How to Fall in Love(Hallmark Movie)
Lord of the Rings

The Avengers (2012) Poster
A Very Merry Mix Up
Cranford
Return to Crandford
Finding Neverland
Jodhaa Akbar
The Count of Monte Cristo
Man of Steel
Man of Steel Promo Poster

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post! Hopefully I’ll be able to post more posts in the upcoming year expressing my love for God and books. Also my Reading Goals for 2015 and my most anticipated reads for this year! Happy New Year to you all!! May you be blessed with Hope,Peace and more abundant blessings this year. May you prosper in everything you do! 🙂

Happy Reading Y’all!!!

 

~Virginia~

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. What an awesome list! I agree with you on a lot of those books! As for free ebooks, I mainly get notifications from the blog WFBC (Winterville First Baptist Church) Media Center here on WordPress. They post a lot of ebooks that are free for limited times, but they aren’t necessarily frequent. And then I agree with proverbs31teen, Amazon has a good list if you know how to search it right 🙂

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