“TBR” Inspy Books of 2014 and Reading Challenge

Every year I like to set a goal of how many books I will read in 365 days . Last year (strange to be using that phrase already) I set an unrealistic goal of 100 which I later amended to 60. I finished out the year with 54 books read (excluding books nominated for an Inspy) and 3/4 of those were reviewed on the blog. Not too shabby but it could have been better. I am in awe of you speed readers who hit 100+ !

This year I am re-pledging 60 books and drafted the beginnings of my exhaustive yet exciting “2014 To Read List.” Really Goldfinch by Donna Tartt should account for two books but rules are rules 😉 I have already read a few 2014 releases and it proves to be another great year in Christian publishing! Below is a list of of the inspirational/Christian fiction books that are at the top of my reading list.

January February Christian Fiction ReleasesJanuary

The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen (Bethany House)


It Had to Be You (Christiansen Family #2) by Susan May Warren (Tyndale)
Remnants: Season of Wonder by Lisa T Bergren

March Christian Fiction ReleasesMarch

Dancing with Fireflies (Chapel Spring #2) by Denise Hunter (Thomas Nelson)
The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L Highley (Thomas Nelson)
A Beauty So Rare (Belmont Mansion #2) by Tamera Alexander
In the Shadow of Jezebel (Treasure of His Love) by Mesu Andrews (Revell)
Death by the Book (Drew Farthering Mystery #2) by Julianna Deering (Bethany House)

April Christian Fiction ReleasesApril

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin (Bethany House Publishers)
The Pursuit of Tamsen Little John by Lori Benton (WaterBrook Press)
The Pelican Bride by Beth White (Revell)
Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers (Tyndale)

May Christian Fiction Releases 1May Christian Fiction Releases 2May

Silenced (Alaskan Courage #4) by Dani Pettrey (Bethany House)
Here to Stay (Where Love Begins #2) by Melissa Tagg (Bethany House)
Meant to be Mine (A Porter Family Novel #2) by Becky Wade (Bethany House)
Raptor 6 (Quiet Professionals #1) by Ronie Kendig (Barbour)
Mark of Distinction (Price of Privilege #3) by Jessica Dotta (Tyndale)
Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin (Bethany House)
Fair Play (It Happened at the Fair #2) by Deeanne Gist (Howard Books)


Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House)

July Christian Fiction ReleasesJuly

Captured by Love (Michigan Brides #3) by Jody Hedlund (Bethany House)
Love Comes Home by Ann H. Gabhart (Revell)
The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron (Thomas Nelson)
When I Fall in Love (Christiansen Family #3) by Susan May Warren (Tyndale)
Murder at the Mikado (Drew Farthering Mystery #3) by Julianna Deering (Bethany House)


With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden (Bethany House)


Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay (Thomas Nelson)


These books should put a heathy dent in my goal. Which books are you most anticipating in 2014? Recommendations are always welcome.

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  1. says

    I just got the Julie Klassen book, can’t wait to read it. I’m a big fan of Urban Christian fiction so I can’t wait for “Fortune and Fame” by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray, “The Replacement Wife” by Tiffany L. Warren, “Hitting the Right Note” by Rhonda Bowen, and “Forever An Ex” by Victoria Christopher Murray

  2. Staci says

    Great list! I have about five of these already on my to be read list for 2014. Since reading Brock and Bodie Thoene so many years ago (ex. Zion Covenant), I fell in love with WWII Christian Fiction. Thank you for introducing me to For Such a Time and The Butterfly and the Violin.

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