Saturday, July 28, 2012

Great Books of 2012

If the Inkies know one thing, it's how fickle and whimsical contests can be. And that's coming from a group of women who've won a truckload of contests. However, contests are wonderful resources for pointing us towards some truly great books that at least one pool of judges consider to be the best out there.

In that spirit, here are the 2012 Christy Award Winners. I've read many of these authors and a number of these books. Let's share our thoughts about our favorites in the bunch.

Contemporary Romance

Wolfsbane by Ronie Kendig (Barbour Publishing)

Contemporary Series

The Amish Midwife by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould (Harvest House Publishers)

Contemporary Standalone

Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock (Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group)

First Novel

Words by Ginny Yttrup (B&H Publishing Group)


Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin (Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group)

Historical Romance

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen (Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group)


The Queen by Steven James (Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group)


Veiled Rose by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group)

Young Adult

Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren (David C Cook)

Also feel free to give us your 2012 picks


  1. Hmm...I guess I've actually only read "The Queen." That's an awesome book if you like thrillers. Probably had the most spiritual content of any of Steven's novels so far.

    Honestly, I started words and didn't finish it. I loved the parts with the little girl, but the parts with the woman kept loosing my interest. I'm kind of surprised at that one. The writing was solid. I'm just getting quicker to put books down that don't keep me riveted these days. I have too many on my TBR list.

    I've read all Julie Klassen's books up to Maid of Fairbourne Hall. Hope to get to it soon, but I'm sure that award was well deserved since her books are always awesome.

    I'd like to read Waterfall. I've been planning to for a long time.

    And I'm curious about Veiled Rose. I tried to read the novel by that author that won last year, and didn't make it very far. But if this is adult, maybe that would make a difference. My hat is certainly off to her for beating out Jim Rubart and Tosca Lee though. Wow. Love both of those authors.

  2. And my 2012 picks? Well, that's hard since as you see I'm usually a year or two behind on my reading.

    I sincerely think Jewel of Persia and Shadowed in Silk were both worthy of awards. Shadowed in Silk has won some smaller awards. I loved Opposite of Art by Athol Dickson. That might have been a 2012 release, though. The Queen would get my vote in it's category. And actually, I love A Lasting Impression, although I can't make an informed comment as to whether it was better than Maid of Fairborne Hall. I also loved Heiress by Susan May Warren. Just recently finished that one. Would have liked to have seen that final in some big contests. Probably too edgy to do well in CBA contests, though.

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  4. This latest of Julie's is the only one i haven't read yet, though she is on my list of automatic buys.

    Recently, Waterfall was free or 'cheap' on Kindle, so I have just started reading it.

    I look forward to the discussions and will return later.

    Thanks so much, Dina. Great list!


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