Jan Sikes Top-Ten Book List for 2019

AND THE WINNER IS!! I am ashamed to say that I almost forgot to draw a winner for this blog post, BUT, I saved myself at the last minute. ๐Ÿ™‚ The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift card is Stephanie Ortiz Jenkins!! Stephanie watch your inbox! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It is always a challenge to pick just ten books from the many books I read each year. Because it was so difficult this year, I have listed a Bonus book and also some fabulous short stories. I hope you enjoy my Top Ten, and if you see a book that catches your interest, click on the purchase link and add it to your TBR list!

PURCHASE LINK: WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING

PURCHASE LINK: THE MAGIC STRINGS OF FRANKIE PRESTO

PURCHASE LINK: WHATEVER IT TAKES

PURCHASE LINK: THE OUTLAW’S MAIL ORDER BRIDE

PURCHASE LINK: VOYAGE OF THE LANTERNFISH

PURCHASE LINK: END OF DAY

PURCHASE LINK: VANISHED

PURCHASE LINK: MEMOIR OF A MAD WOMAN

PURCHASE LINK: THE LOVE THAT DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME

PURCHASE LINK: WHEN CAN I STOP RUNNING?

PURCHASE L INK: REFLECTIONS

PURCHASE LINKS: RAVE WRITER’S INT’S SOCIETY OF AUTHORS (RWISA) ANTHOLOGY VOL I

CASTE METAL

VISITORS: A SHORT STORY MYSTERY

RED EYES IN THE DARKNESS – A SHORT STORY

MEGAMAX

SLIMMER

And, last but not least, I will be giving away a $10 Amazon Gift card to some lucky person! Just leave a comment and share this post to be entered! MERRY CHRISTMAS!! HO! HO! HO!

54 thoughts on “Jan Sikes Top-Ten Book List for 2019

  1. Merry Christmas Jan- What a great lists if books. I have 2 on my list thatโ€™s on yours. Where The Crawdads Sing and The Outlawโ€™s Mail Order Bride by our Miss Linda.
    Iโ€™ve read so many this year, Iโ€™d have to think long and hard to pick mine, but these 2 would definitely be on my list. Thank you for sharing these with us. 2 more days and Iโ€™m TEXAS Bound.

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    1. You are such an avid reader, Tonya, and I’m glad I picked two that would be on your list. I hope you saw one that caught your eye to add to your list. ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas to you and Rob and safe travels!

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      1. Thank you Jan- another book I read this past year that was very touching was
        When Cricketโ€™s Cry by Charles Martin.
        It was a very touching book of unconditional love.

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  2. You have quite a selection of favs here and I’ve read two of them. Linda’s and Crawdad’s were both top ten books for me too!!

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas filled with all the family, friends and things you love!

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  3. What an unexpected pleasure to find End of Day, on your list, Jan. Wow! I’m so delighted and happy to have made your top ten.

    I also loved Voyage of the Lanternfish, Whatever it Takes, and When the Crawdads Sing. Three very different types of genres, but all so engrossing. Of the short reads you have listed, I also read and enjoyed Red Eyes in the Darkness.

    Top 10 lists are fun. I never thought of doing one, but you’ve inspired me to think about it!

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    1. It is very hard to do, Mae. Trying to pick only 10 from so many books I read was not easy. And, that’s why I wound up with a Bonus book and the short stories. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by. End of Day deserved to be on the list. It was a great story!

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  4. I read so many books each year it’s incredibly hard to imagine trying to list my top 10.
    I absolutely loved Where the Crawdads Sing, and have market a few on your list for future reading.
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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  5. What a great list, Jan. Congrats to all. I’ve read a lot of these books, but the ones I haven’t are on my TBR list. Thanks for including Red Eyes in the short stories:)

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  6. Unfortunately, I have not had the time for reading at all over the past years but I am working on making time for it again… although ๐Ÿค”I am actually having three book projects in mind. Gosh, I can either write or read ๐Ÿ˜†
    However, your 10 suggestions really motivated me to reach my reading time sooner again. I like it a lot how you shared the impression of the books in a short way but very intriguing!

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      1. It absolutely did, Jan. Actually, going through your list totally ignited my excitement for reading again which I have not felt by the long book reviews of our fellow blogger friends. Thank you, I am excited!!

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  7. Oh my goodness! You’ve got to stop this, Jan. But my heart is full of thanks that you found mine worthy to be #4. I’m so happy, happy. This is amazing and a great Christmas present. Love you so much. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Jan, I forgot to say that Where the Crawdads Sing is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. Just an amazing story that deeply touched me. Also the second one. Such an unusual and different way to tell a story. Pure genius!

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  8. What a terrific surprise, Jan! I’ve been so tied up with out of town guests, Christmas shopping, birthdays (yes, there are 6 this month) I almost missed this. I’m so happy you enjoyed Memoir of a Mad Woman. Thank you! โค xo

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  9. How wonderful to be included among this superb collection of talented authors. I am both humbled and delighted to have “Whatever it Takes” earn a place here. I’ve read a few of these books and will be adding others to my TBR. Thanks so much, Jan. This is such a lovely way to wind up my year. Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend.๐Ÿฅฐ

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    1. That was such a good story, Joan, and the author told it in such a way that I was right there beside him, crouched in the darkness! I hope you pick it up. I think you will enjoy it if you do! Merry Christmas!

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  10. Hi Jan ma’am ! I am honored to be here in this amazing list. Thank you so much for all the love & support you have showered upon me this year, my first at RRBC. A very Merry Christmas to you & have a wonderful New Year 2020 ! You are a wonderful human being. God bless you always. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ – Fiza Pathan

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    1. Hi, Fiza. You have a unique ability to go into the total dark side of life and come out unscathed. I’m happy to include your short story here! It was gripping, to say the least! Merry Christmas to you too, and thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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