Great Books To Read this Winter (2021 Edition) + $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Great Books To Read this Winter (2021 Edition) + $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Hello everyone, and welcome to a post about books. I’ve got a great list to share with you today with a wide variety of genres. I’m finding the older I get the more curious I’ve become about different subjects and you’ll notice that in my selections this time. However, I’m always a sucker for a great novel. A little something to escape into. 😉 So, there are plenty of those as well. If you’d like to see book recommendation lists from past years click HERE.

To enter the $100 AMAZON GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY simply leave me a comment telling me one (or two or three) books you have enjoyed reading. I always love reading over your suggestions, so thank you in advance! The giveaway will be open until Thursday January 21st at midnight. Winner will be announced on Friday January 22nd.

The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse by Charlie Mackesy

My mother (the literature expert in our family) gave my siblings and I this book for Christmas. I loved every single page and want to read it over and over. It’s full of basic life truths, beautiful illustrations and so much…hope. It’s a simple story of a boy and his animal companions. It’s about friendship, kindness, courage and tolerance. It’s the most unique book I’ve read all year. I can’t say enough good about it. The beautiful phrases keep playing over in my mind. They are words to live by. Such a great, great read.


THE MASTERPIECE by Francine Rivers

I love Francine Rivers. Her Christian Fiction novels are well written, have flawed and lovable characters and always leave me uplifted and better for reading them. This particular story is about an artist and his personal assistant, both with tumultuous childhoods. It’s about redemption, love, forgiveness and second chances. Loved it.


This is a story about a very smart, super busy, career oriented mother of 3 who gets in a car accident leaving her impaired. The accident changes her whole life and views of what is really important. I loved it and really enjoyed seeing the transformation in her character.
3.5 star rating.


The Water Keeper (A Murphy Shepherd Novel Book 1) - Kindle edition by Martin, Charles. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @
THE WATER KEEPER by Charles Martin

I love reading Charles Martin novels and this book was no exception. I appreciate his dramatic plot lines, the imagery and symbolism and the bits of spirituality he adds. This particular story takes place on the coastline of Florida and is about human trafficking and a man who has dedicated his life to saving its victims. While some of the twists seemed a little coincidental and often times over dramatized, it was still a great read. I enjoyed the symbolism of water representing love.

The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy Book #1) by [Sarah Sundin]
THE SEA BEFORE US by Sarah Sundin

This was a quick, easy, Christian historical fiction read. Set in WWII times, the plot is mostly about a love story. Clean, and though a little cheesy I enjoyed it quite a lot.

Where the Crawdads Sing by [Delia Owens]
WHERE the CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

I really enjoyed so many things about this book. I loved the incredible prose, the strength of the main character and the story line. It ended differently than I had expected and found myself a little disappointed with the last few chapters, but still give it a strong 4 star rating. The writing style was just so beautiful!

A Song for the Stars (Proper Romance) by [Ilima Todd]
A SONG for the STARS by Ilima Todd

I loved listening to this wonderful story, set in the late 1700’s in the Hawiian islands. It’s about two cultures coming together, the beautiful power of the ocean, and a sweet love story. I loved learning more about the Hawiian culture and found it a pleasant surprise to learn the author is a descendant of the main character. A great read.


Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry: Pittman, Catherine M., Karle, Elizabeth M.: 9781635618754: Books
REWIRE YOUR ANXIOUS BRAIN by Catherine M. Pittman and Elizabeth M. Karle

This book was absolutely fascinating to me. In the past couple of years I’ve experienced some intense waves of anxiety and have been eager to learn more about how to cope and manage my brain around them. An ad for this book came through my instagram feed one day and the title made me curious. I will admit that the more I read, the more anxious I became! Ha! Go figure. 🙂 It felt a lot like lifting the hood of a car and trying to understand every single mechanism and how to repair it in a single afternoon. Overwhelming for sure! The struggles I have with fear and anxiety run deep and that became very apparent to me while reading. However, once I reached the end I felt nothing but encouragement and relief at realizing anxiety is a human trait. It can be managed, handled, and often alleviated. It may take me a long time to put into practice all of the suggestions made but I feel grateful to know they are available and to understand a little bit of how the brain works. Truly fascinating. If you or one of your loved ones struggles with anxiety I highly recommend it. I’m eager to read more on the subject.

Grace Where You Are by [Emily Belle Freeman]
GRACE WHERE YOU ARE by Emily Belle Freeman

I loved listening to this short, but beautiful book about grace. I loved the stories she used to illustrate how Jesus Christ meets us where we are at and how to accept that grace. Highly recommend.


I can’t stop thinking about this amazing story. In 2006 Charlie Roberts entered an Amish School, shot 10 of the little girls there, which killed 5 of them and then took his own life. This book is written by the mother of the shooter, Terri Roberts. She is a woman of great faith and devotion to God. It was an exceptional experience, listening to this story. She talks about forgiveness being a choice…not a feeling or an emotion, but something we have to work at. The very night the shooting took place, an Amish man came to her door offering forgiveness, kindness and love. Seeing that kind of immediate reaction to a situation that was so terrible is amazing to me. I loved listening to Terri’s own journey to forgiveness and healing. It’s an exceptional book. I was looking for something to listen to and it popped up in my search. As soon as I finished listening to it I ordered a copy on amazon so I can mark some of the beautiful passages and refer back to them. I highly recommend this one. It offers so much hope.



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  1. 1
    Liz Edwards
    January 12, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Lessons from Lucy by Dave Barry – listened to this on Libby at 1.5 speed on a road trip. My husband and I both enjoyed it, laughed and got some good lessons.
    Shoe Dog by Phil Knight – Nike founder. Really interesting.

  2. 2
    January 12, 2021 at 4:02 am

    I recently read the books from the Mischief Bay and BlackBerry Island series by Susan Mallery. My anxiety is high and I needed something charming without anything “steamy” or extra dramatic.

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    Laura Sapp
    January 12, 2021 at 5:38 am

    I just finished the Phantom Tollbooth with my son. It was a great story. I have also been listening to Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis. I also recommend The War Between Us by Sarah Lee.

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    Katrina McNiven
    January 12, 2021 at 6:21 am

    I read The Boys in the Boat. Fascinating story. I also read three books by David Butler: Redeemer, Almighty, and Spirit. I love his approachable way of discussing the three members of the Godhead. Loved them!

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    Amy L
    January 12, 2021 at 6:54 am

    I just finished reading In An Instant and Hadley and Grace, both by Suzanne Redfearn. Very different from each other, but I really enjoyed both books!

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    Nancy Sadewater
    January 12, 2021 at 7:28 am

    I love books. My favorite is Celia Garth.

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    January 12, 2021 at 7:36 am

    I am an avid reader! I am also a teacher. I am usually reading two books at once: a children’s book and a book for me! Recently I have read several of the Jack Reecher novels; not pulitzer prize winners (ha! ha!), but they have been good what I call beach reads.

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    Jeanne Knight
    January 12, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Almost every year at Christmas time I listen to “Shepards Abide “ by Jan Karon.
    The reader is amazing with his versatility in voices. It will make you laugh out loud! 5 stars

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    Keri Lingard
    January 12, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Although it was hard to read in parts, I enjoyed
    “Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission” by Hampton Sides. I appreciated learning about an aspect of the War I had not heard of before.

  10. 10
    January 12, 2021 at 7:48 am

    I always enjoy Nicholas Sparks. “The Return” is a good one.

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    P.J. Ringer
    January 12, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Recently, I LOVED Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I also really enjoyed The Idea of You by Robinne Lee, The Art of Showing Up by Rachel Wilkerson Miller, How to Walk Away by Katherine Center, Verity by Colleen Hoover, and The Alice Network by Kate Quinn that I read last year. Picking just a few was too hard!

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    Melissa M
    January 12, 2021 at 8:19 am

    I enjoyed reading A Dance of Silver and Shadow by Melanie Cellier. I love a good fairy tale re-telling!

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    Ruth Dejam
    January 12, 2021 at 8:38 am

    I read so many good books last year. 2 of my favorites were This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger and The Last Train From Key West by Chanel Cleeton. My TBR list just grew a bit from this post. Lol

  14. 14
    January 12, 2021 at 8:55 am

    I’ve enjoyed the potter series by Ben Behunin. I also read The Boys in the Boat and loved it.

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    Trish Falcetti
    January 12, 2021 at 8:56 am

    I personally love reading any of Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarlett’s series books. They are suspense/mystery following the adventures of a medical examiner.

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      Trish Falcetti
      January 12, 2021 at 8:57 am

      Silly auto correct, that should be Kay Scarpetta, not scarlett lol

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    Ruth vidunas
    January 12, 2021 at 8:57 am

    I like to read the Cosey Mystery series before I go to sleep – relaxes me very much

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    Shauna Burton
    January 12, 2021 at 9:18 am

    I love your favorite books post! It always inspires me to read more. Thanks!

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    Marilee Packer
    January 12, 2021 at 9:32 am

    I also read Grace Where You Are by Emilee Belle Freeman. Loved it!

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    Jordyn Patton
    January 12, 2021 at 9:37 am

    The Red Tent by Anita Diamant is one of my all-time favorite books!

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    January 12, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Hi Jamie! I always get a little sappy around Christmas time and usually read a holiday romance novel. I read “Noel Street” by Richard Paul Evans this year and really enjoyed it. I also just finished “One Perfect Day” by Lauraine Snelling. It’s a book about organ donation and finding meaning in death. A very good book.

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    Margaret Matlock
    January 12, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Always love your book posts. Read ” Where the Crawdads Sing” Four stars! This year I have read. ” The Book of Lost Friends” by Lisa Wingate and that led me to read “Before and After” by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate.

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    Melanie Windham
    January 12, 2021 at 10:31 am

    I love the “Fablehaven” series written by Brandon Mull, but recently discovered the companion series “Dragonwatch”. 3/5 books are released so far. They are quick and easy reads but I get the Harry Potter fantasy vibe from them. Thanks for sharing your lost with us!

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      Melanie Windham
      January 12, 2021 at 10:34 am


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    Kristin Waters
    January 12, 2021 at 10:46 am

    A couple of books that I really enjoyed listening to this last year were The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (It’s narrated by Tom Hanks and was so interesting!) and The Girl who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariaya (her fascinating life story) and Elizabeth Weil

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    jennifer G
    January 12, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Hello, I just finished reading, “I Know Your Secret”, by Ruth Heald. Not to bad with a few twists in it. Now I am reading “Digging In”, by Loretta Nyhan.
    I usually get my books from Amazon and I will read just about anything. Thanks for your suggestions. I am going to check them out.

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    Sally Smith
    January 12, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Just finished Call Your Daughter Home. Enjoyed the perspectives and voices.

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    Kelly J
    January 12, 2021 at 11:02 am

    I have hundreds of books on my kindle but while cleaning out my book case this past weekend I came across Under the Tuscan Sun and re-read it. I love this book, beautifully written and I love that she included recipes that you can almost taste with the descriptions.

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    Rebecca S
    January 12, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Thank you for your suggestions, plus I love comments from others and their suggestions. I really enjoyed “The Sun Does Shine,” by Anthony Ray Hinton and
    “Endurance,” by Frank A. Worsley. “Escape from Camp 14” by Blaine Harden as another good one. They were all amazing true stories.

  28. 30
    January 12, 2021 at 11:33 am

    I just finished the Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir. Thank you for the recipes and the book recommendations!

  29. 31
    January 12, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Just finished Boys in the Boat and loved it! So excited to try a few from your list!

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    Cristina E Santamari
    January 12, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    At present reading the Hangman’s Daughter series – so many parallels with modern life.

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    January 12, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Killing Crazy Horse was excellent.

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    Heidi Grimshaw
    January 12, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    I just finished a re-read of Little Women over the holidays and it was delightful!

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    Erin R.
    January 12, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    I love your book roundups! I just finished the Ember in the Ashes series and loved it. I also loved the characters and the love story in Spoiler Alert, and the Dean Koontz biography of his dog, Trixie, was wonderful.

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    Tabatha A Tuskey
    January 12, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is an amazing book. The Guest List by Lucy Foley is another good one if you like thrillers.

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    January 12, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    I enjoy reading self help books. Be happy is one of my favorites. I’m reading focused and fearless right now and it’s really good.

  36. 38
    January 12, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    I love Louise Penny’s mystery series with Inspector Gamache and have found them a great escape these months we’ve been stuck at home.

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    Shayla A Bentley
    January 12, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Just finished “Seven Daughters and Seven Sons” by Barbara Cohen. It was a perfectly lovely, quick read. My only complaint was that it was too short! I also really loved “The Paper Daughters of Chinatown.” It handled the issue of human trafficking in early 1900s San Francisco with class.

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    January 12, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    I love Sarah M. Eden’s books. A Distant Prayer by Jerry Borrowman is a thought provoking read. Every Storm by Lori Wick is an all time favorite for me.

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    Rhonda Struthers
    January 12, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    I have been enjoying historical novels lately. I read and very much enjoyed The Gown and Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robinson

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    Melissa Baker
    January 12, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    I loved The Nightengale, by Kristn Hanna. I got it for Christmas and couldn’t put it down. I also enjoyed The Night Portrait. Costco find for the win!

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    January 12, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    I love a good book recommendation as much as I love your recipes. Last year I enjoyed The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs, Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan, and Aviators by Winston Graham.

  42. 44
    January 12, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    I hit my record of 100 books this last year. One of my new favorite authors is Bob Goff!

  43. 45
    January 12, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    I Will Always Write Back was one of my favorites this year.

  44. 46
    January 12, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles By A.L. Herbert.

  45. 47
    January 12, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Furia, the last train to key west, the Jane Austen society

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    Brenda Johnson
    January 12, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    I am currently reading Hoda Kotb This Just Speaks to Me and Charles Dowding’s vegetable garden diary.

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    Suzanne Wright
    January 12, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    I loved The Book of Longings, The Girl with Seven Names, and The Alice Network, The Things We Cannot Say and The Tea Girl on Hummingbird Lane. So many great books, not enough time!! I love when you give book suggestions. Thank you so much!

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    Suzanne Wright
    January 12, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    My Lady Jane, The War That Saved My Life, The Book of Lost Friends and The Pearl that Broke its Shell.

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    Jillinda Janeway
    January 12, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Here area few I’ve really enjoyed
    Brain on Fire by Susannah Catalan
    A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mitzi
    Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

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    Lori B
    January 12, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you for your book recommendations! I’m excited to add them to my list. My favorite book of 2020 was ‘Lovely War’. This WWI love story is told from the perspective of the Greek gods and is so well written. I listened to this book and loved it. I also enjoyed reading ‘Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11’. The author took personal accounts of those affected in the terrorist attacks and linked all their stories together. Even through this horrible event, the personal side to this book left me cheering for America and all the good people in our country. This book was heavy but uplifting.

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