|One of Misty Rayburn’s Top 10 Books of the year!|
For this week’s blog post, I’m handing the reins over to Misty Rayburn, founder of The Top Shelf website (http://www.the-top-shelf.com/) that delves into all things books! This month, authors everywhere are celebrating The Top Shelf’s very first birthday and it’s amazing how fast they grow up. What started out as a simple Facebook page with several loyal followers soon became a thriving website dedicated to bringing readers reviews of some of the best books you’ve never heard of (and several that you have). Not only does this great site review books, it features fantastic interviews, book trailers, great deals on books, and almost anything else you can think of. But what I truly appreciate about Misty and the website is her dedication to indie authors everywhere. Sure, they do focus on some big name authors out there…but The Top Shelf has done a great deal to help spread the word about authors like me, who may not be household names, but who have fun reads they want to share with the world. So, if you love books, I highly encourage you guys to check out this site on a regular basis!
Now, without further ado…I’ll hand over the blog to Misty. When she asked me what she should write about for my blog, I told her that I could think of nothing more appropriate than to highlight a few of her favorite books she’s featured on her blog. So, in response, she’s given me her top 10 favorite books she’s read this year (out of more than 50 books). So these, I’m sure, are the cream of the crop and definitely deserving of your attention! Enjoy!
A surprise impromptu blog post from me! I’m in two places at once today while I’m hopping around on a blog tour to celebrate The Top Shelf’s birthday! Kent said it would be cool to highlight some of the favorite books I’ve reviewed in the first year of TTS’ existence. I decided to make it a top ten as I’ve read a lot of amazing books this year and if I list them all, well you’ll have the review list of The Top Shelf!
by Joshua Graham
The first book I reviewed at TTS and it’s a spiritual / legal thriller! The spiritual undertones didn’t bother me at all because it’s a thriller to the core. The story was amazing and you won’t want to put it down. I don’t think I’m the only person who has said that either!
by Alan Hutcheson
Wow, I don’t think to this date I have seen characters put in a more messed up situation than in this book. In order to save his pawned guitar, Ted Hogwood accepts an assignment from a branch of the government that isn’t even official. His partner on this assignment is Jerry Kwiatkowsky and their mission is to steal a boomerang that contains secrets that should have died with J. Edgar Hoover. That’s all great right? Well standing in their path is a crossbow wielding assassin, two unemployed Australian women, the director of Central Intelligence and an ex-cheerleader.
The Gift of Joy
by Valerie Maarten
I was a little wary of romances before I read The Gift of Joy. This book made me give them a try again. Now I’m a fan!
Expectations / What Money Can’t Buy
by Liz Borino
M/M Contemporary Romance. Two books in a series that I decided to read because I was looking for books out of my “comfort zone”. I hadn’t had much experience with M/M books let alone romances at this point. I love Liz’s books though. Amazing story!
Anathema / Oubliette
by Megg Jensen
AMAZING! This is a YA fantasy that will just leave you wanting more! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! The newest book Severed is out now and I can’t wait to read it.
by KA Tucker
Met this author through Megg Jensen when they both found out their books had the same name. Dark YA fantasy.
by Imogen Rose
I had a headache the day I started this book. I got so lost in Imogen’s awesome storytelling that I actually forgot I had a headache!
The King’s Envoy: Artesans of Albia
by Cas Peace
I still say I should have only gave Cas four stars because this book ends on a cliffhanger and I have to wait a YEAR to find out what happens next.
by Amber Argyle
Awesome awesome storytelling! One of those books that definitely make you wanna stay up past your bedtime.
Fins / Fathom by Ashley Knight – Before you start this amazing mermaid series, tell your friends you’re reading it. If you don’t, your friends will send search parties when you don’t show up on the computer. Mine did!
If you want to know more about these books, check out my official reviews at http://www.the-top-shelf.com/?page_id=123
There are so many more books I could add to this list, some I’ve read but haven’t written reviews for yet. Some are already up there. I would highly recommend you check out Vincent Zandri, Michelle Argyle, Ian Alexander, Miriam Minger, and Douglas Brown. If I listed every amazing read I’ve read, I’d miss Kent’s deadline for this blog! It has truly been an amazing year for this little blog. It’s not really that little anymore!
Thanks Misty! And thanks everyone for reading. I can’t emphasize enough…if you love books, you’ll definitely want to make The Top Shelf one of your frequently visited websites. There’s always something new there for you to sink your teeth into and I can tell you right now…Misty works hard at making sure her readers are very well taken care of. So head on over there…http://www.the-top-shelf.com/…and take a look around. You’ll be glad you did!