Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Books To Lose Sleep Over In 2016


Are you the sort of person who believes losing a little sleep for a great book is totally worth it? Besides the sleep deprivation, have you ever gone without basic necessities of food, water, and showers for a lengthy period of time? Do your friends and family laugh at you or think you’re slightly crazy? Oh, but the anticipation of seeing how a story will end is nothing but bliss.

Perhaps you’re someone who’s never read a book you’ve been willing to lose sleep over? Maybe you’re not much of a reader, but you’re willing to try something new in 2016. Whichever category you might fall in, I’m here to share a list of novels from my fellow writers that we consider worthy of lost sleep.

Don’t believe us? Give it a try! Here are 20 books on our list, so grab your coffee or tea, snacks, and a warm blanket before you nestle on the couch.

*WARNING* Uttering words like “I’ll stop at the next chapter” or “five more minutes” might increase your reading time by chapters or minutes.

Happy Reading!

Jennifer Slattery:

·         Five Brides by Eva Marie Everson
·         Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

“These two novels are night and day from each other and yet both are wonderfully written. Five Brides is a fun, nostalgic historical about five roommates living in Chicago during the 1950's and their journey of self-discovery and independence. The Purple Hibiscus is a haunting tale of a young girl who endures unthinkable abuse as tension begins to mount in Nigeria right before the country's brutal civil war. Though an intense and at times disturbing novel, the author's prose is beautiful and the plot and characters authentic.”

Melanie Dickerson:

·         Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

“Since I remember being literally breathless as I read the last half of that book for the first time!”

·         A Vision of Light by Judith Merkle Riley.

“It has some dark moments, and therefore I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone younger than 18, but I loved the main character, Margaret of Ashbury. She’s the ultimate Medieval heroine.”

·         Chateau of Echoes by Siri Mitchell.

“Really, everything I’ve read by her has been amazing. She has a way of making her characters so real and heart-tugging. She’s phenomenal.”

Emilie Hendryx:

·         Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers
·         A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker
·        Embers by Ronie Kendig
·        The Judgement Stone by Robert Liparulo
·         Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

Crystal L. Barnes:

·         The Princess by Lori Wick
·         Montana Marriages Series by Mary Connealy
·         Whirlwind by Cathy Marie Hake
·        Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson

Lena Dooley:

·         Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
·         Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers

Both of these books are powerful and stay with you a long time. And both made an impact on my life.” 

Wow, what a great list! Thank you so much, ladies. I can already see myself losing even more sleep in this New Year! Here are several of my favorites!

Tanya Eavenson:

·         Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
·         The Princess by Lori Wick
·         Love Comes Home by Ann H. Gabhart
·         The Ballantyne Legacy series by Laura Frantz

How about you? Which novels have left you sleep deprived? Have you read any of the novels on our lists? If so, which ones?

These are the books worth losing sleep over in 2016!

Emilie Hendryx:
Crystal L. Barnes:
Lena Nelson Dooley:

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