Top Ten Books of 2014

Top Ten Books of 2014

  1. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin (I am including all of the Ice and Fire books here. I am enjoying the series, but I think the first one is my favorite)
  2. Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South by Stephanie McCurry
  3. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust
  4. Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
  5. The Solomon Key by Shawn Hopkins
  6. Discreet Activities (Vigilante #6) by Claude Bouchard
  7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  8. A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation With Pope Francis by Pope Francis and Antonio Spadaro
  9. A Widow Redefined by Kim Cano
  10. Conundrum by C.S. Lakin

Although it is hard to compare most of these books, I would have to say my favorite book of 2014 was The Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust.

2014 Reading List

I took a couple of graduate classes this year, so my reading list is heavy in US History this year. I did manage to squeeze in some fiction by both traditional and indie authors. This is the order in which I read them.

  1. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
  2. Rex Rising: A King Will Wake and Change the World by Chrystalla Thoma
  3. Cradle of the Middle Class: The Family in Onieda County, New York, 1790-1865 by Mary P. Ryan
  4. Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America’s Republic by Mary Kelly
  5. Signatures of Citizenship: Petitioning, Antislavery, and Women’s Political Identity by Susan Zaeske
  6. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by George R.R. Martin
  7. River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom by Walter Johnson
  8. Chants Democratic: New York City and the Rise of the American Working Class, 1788-1850 by Sean Wilentz
  9. A Widow Redefined by Kim Cano
  10. Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household by Thavolia Glympyh
  11. Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South by Stephanie McCurry
  12. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust
  13. A Short History of Reconstruction by Eric Foner
  14. A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South From Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn
  15. The Freedom of the Streets: Work, Citizenship, and Sexuality in a Giled Age City by Sharon E. Wood
  16. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory by David W. Blight
  17. Pillars of the Republic: Common Schools and American Society, 1780-1860 by Carl Kaestle
  18. The Nativist Movement in America: Religious Conflict in the Nineteenth Century by Katie Oxx
  19. Parish School: American Catholic Parochial Education From Colonial times to the Present by Timothy Walch
  20. The War that Wasn’t by Benjamin Justice
  21. A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin
  22. A Feast of Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4) by George R.R. Martin
  23. Dragon Fire by Pedro L. Alvarez
  24. Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border by Jonathan Earle and Diane Mutti Burke
  25. On Slavery’s Border: Missouri’s Small Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865 by Diane Mutti Burke
  26. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin
  27. Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
  28. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
  29. Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
  30. The Fall of Billy Hitchings (John Reeves #1) by Kirkus MacGowan
  31. The Solomon Key by Shawn Hopkins
  32. The Homeless Killer (Vigilante #4) by Claude Bouchard
  33. 6 Hours 42 Minutes (Vigilante #5) by Claude Bouchard
  34. Discreet Activities (Vigilante #6) by Claude Bouchard
  35. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  36. An Angel With Fur: The Story of Lobo the Miracle Dog by Russell Blake
  37. A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation With Pope Francis by Pope Francis and Antonio Spadaro
  38. Sedition by Tom Abrahams
  39. Underlife by Marissa Farrar
  40. Marked: A Two Halves Novella (Two Halves #1) by Marta Szemik
  41. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
  42. The Untouchable (Yakuza Dynasty #1) by Dustin Dye
  43. The Border between Them: Violence and Reconciliation on the Kansas-Missouri Line by Jeremy Neely
  44. Conundrum by C.S. Lakin
  45. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  46. Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union by William C. Harris, Jr.
  47. The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties
  48. The Women Who Died A Lot (Thursday Next #7) by Jasper Fforde
  49. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  50. Kansas City Noir by Steve Paul

2013 Top Ten Books

These are the Top Ten Books I read in 2013 (in no particular order):

2013 Top Ten Books
1) The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
2) 5 Minutes by Gareth Stokes
3) The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
4) Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year by David Von Drehle
5) In Memory of Greed by Al Boudreau
6) On Unfaithful Wings (An Icarus Fell Novel) by Bruce Blake
7) Out of Time: A Time Travel Mystery by Monique Martin
8) Mind Games by Claude Bouchard
9) Jet (Jet #1) by Russell Blake
10) Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles

There is actually a tie for my favorite book of 2013 between:
Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year by David Von Drehle and The Raw Shark Tests by Steven Hall.

Thanks to all these authors for the great reads.

2013 Reading List

2013 Reading List
1) Asylum by Claude Bouchard
2) Puncture by Lisa A. Proulx
3) Touring the Afterlife by Nancy Fredrick
4) Winds of Change by Jason Brannon
5) Shadow of Death (A Laura Nelson Thriller) by Patricia Gussin
6) The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
7) Zero Sum (Dr. Steven Cross Series #1) by Russell Blake
8) The Tower Formerly Known as Sears and Two Other Tales of Urban Horror by Lisa M. Lilly
9) Someday Soon by David Crookes
10) Wraith by Angel Lawson
11) 30 Pieces of Silver: An Extremely Controversial Thriller by Carolyn McCray
12) Committed (The Michael Doyle Chronicles) by John M. Mefford
13) The Witness by Dee Henderson
14) Mind Games by Claude Bouchard
15) Miracle Child by James P. Wilcox
16) Slumber by Samantha Young
17) 5 Minutes by Gareth Stokes
18) The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
19) Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year by David Von Drehle
20) Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles
21) The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister by Carolyn Tomlin, Denise George, and Nonna Bannister
22) Cloudburst by Ryne Douglas Pearson
23) Optical Delusions in Deadwood by Ann Charles
24) Two Graves (A Kelse City Homicide Novel) by D.A. Graystone
25) 44 by Jools Sinclair
26) Jet (Jet #1) by Russell Blake
27) The Walk by Lee Goldberg
28) Gone by Adam Light
29) Gods and Kings: Chronicles of the Kings #1 by Lynn Austin
30) Catch Her in the Rye and Selected Short Stories, Volume 1 by Wodke Hawkinson
31) VRIN: Ten Mortal Gods (A Supernatural Near Death Mystery) by J. Michael Hileman
32) Rumors of Savages by Carrie Regan
33) Coding Isis by David Roys
34) In Memory of Greed by Al Boudreau
35) Hardball: How Politics Is Played Told By One Who Knows the Game by Chris Matthews
36) Solomon vs. Lord (The Solomon and Lord Series) by Paul Levine
37) Season of Harvest (Harvest Trilogy Book 1) by Michael R. Hicks
38) Devil’s Lair by David Wisehart
39) On Unfaithful Wings (An Icarus Fell Novel) by Bruce Blake
40) Out of Time: A Time Travel Mystery by Monique Martin
41) Play Dead by Anne Frasier
42) Dreams of Eli by Van Heerling
43) The Seventh Seal by J. Thorn
44) Whisper Cape by Susan Griscom
45) Read Me Dead by Emerald Barnes
46) The Last Jump: A Novel of World War II by John E. Nevola
47) Mindblower: Assassin by David Rashleigh
48) The Schliemann Legacy by D.A. Graystone
49) The Woman Who Never Wore Makeup by Alex Canton-Dutari

Release of Miracle Child

I am extremely happy to announce the official launch of my new book Miracle Child. This book has been a labor of love and I hope that it touches readers the same way it has touched me! The following is the back cover summary:

This is a story of miracles, both big and small, and the story of one little boy born sixteen weeks early, weighing only one-and-a half pounds.

Nathaniel Wilcox needed a miracle.

He wasn’t expected to make it through the night.

This is Nathanial’s story of his five month journey to survive, and how he touched the hearts of everyone who cared for him. This is the story of how one family managed to overcome tragedy and despair, to find a renewed faith in each other and in God.

A miracle child?
Indeed.

Grab your copy of Miracle Child today, and as an added bonus my debut novel Sex, Lies, and the Classroom in free for the Kindle March 25-26, 2013.