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As I go through the year, sometimes I read. Sometimes I don’t but mostly I do. I sometimes end up just getting lost. Which is nice, because normally I know exactly where I’m going.

Like most other bookworms, great books make their way onto my “things I’m thankful for” list every year. It’s hard to choose favorites, but I went ahead and picked five books I read in 2015 and am thankful for.

  1. The Last Battle, by C.S. Lewis: When the mind is muddled and confused and the world just seems too complicated, I can always rely on Lewis to be light and clarity and sense. *throws Lewis’s books at the people who are deliberately muddying the waters* BEGONE!
  2. The Negotiator, by Dee Henderson: I know this book is a bit older (published at least ten years ago!), but it’s still a fresh read and a realistic build. Henderson is one of the few romance authors I can stand, and a fantastic suspense author. Kate/Dave was my first OTP.
  3. For the Temple, by G.A. Henty: There’s going to be a couple controversial choices on this list, and probably a lot of historical fiction. This one is both. I know people who hate Henty, but for me, he brings Palestine under Roman occupation to life in a way that relates strongly to us today. Maybe it’s not politically correct, but it’s an engaging (and approachable–take that, losers!) read, with a very balanced take on the historian Josephus.
  4. The Hornblower series, by C.S. Forester: Horatio was the first example of a literary character who I found out about who had internal dialogue a bit like mine. I am represented in fiction! Yay!
  5. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien: When life is too complicated, too full of deadlines, I think about the months the Fellowship spent in Rivendell, waiting and essentially doing nothing. Another mind-clearing read.

So basically, I read like the most politically incorrect college student on the planet. Ha-HA!

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to another great year of reading! Speaking of more reading, here’s one more thing to be grateful for. Books on sale! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors banded together to offer over seventy discounted books on Nov 27-30. There’s literally something for everyone.

Every single book listed on Indie Christian Books is on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you.

Don’t know what to pick? The fearless Indie Christian Books team created a quiz that will generate a book list perfect for you! Check it out!

Book Quiz

What awesome reads of 2015 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2016?

A note on the Ebooks Only page. All books are listed as “Sold Out.” This only refers to paperback copies of these titles. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good for her work organizing this sale, Gloria Repp for completing the time consuming job of uploading book info to the sale website, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.