TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2018

I read over 100 books in 2018, and I’ll be sharing my top fifteen favorites of the year in this post… And I’m ready to fangirl. Are you?

ALSO, let’s ignore that graphic, because, ha, no, I didn’t read all those books in 2018. I read like… 3 of them in 2018. But. It looks pretty. And alll my books are packed up right now so I cannot take another photo.

 

BEYOND HER CALLING, by KELLYN ROTH

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SOOOOO.

AHHHHHHHH.

Ahem. Basically, I’ve read the whole Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series, as an alpha/beta (which is why I have yet to leave reviews on any of the books, which will change this year, as I’ll be rereading them). And this is my favorite book from Kelly so far. Scotland? Romance? Sweet characters? Sass? Dogs? (DID I MENTION BENJI *swoon*)

This being said, I want to fight a couple of characters and bury them. I hate so much. I wanna die. Let’s pretend this series ends at this book. =)

 

THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH, by ROSEMARY SUTCLIFF

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Huge thank you to Allison Tebo and Mary for sparking my love for Rosemary Sutcliff! My Mom bought a few of her books for the school year, but The Eagle Of The Ninth wasn’t really required of me to read. I read it, loved it… then found Alli and Mary did, too!

This book hit me hard. The cast was strong, the plot intriguing, and it made me laugh and cry. I mostly related to Esca–his determination and selflessness really impacted me. I especially related to how he cared for Markus since Markus wasn’t entirely able-bodied.

 

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE-DAME, by VICTOR HUGO

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I read this in less than 24 hours and I loved it so very much. It is one of the best classics ever. Just… read it so we can… be speechless together…

 

HE’S MAKING DIAMONDS, by SARA WILLOUGHBY

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This nonfiction book is one of the best books ever. I don’t say that lightly.

This is, as the title says, about a teen’s thoughts on faith through chronic illness–but it is not limited to those who are ill. My Mom has had Chronic Lyme for over 3 years and this book ministered deeply to me. I still find myself recalling things from its pages to keep myself focused. It is very dear to me and I pray you guys read it.

 

HORSEMAN, by KYLE ROBERT SHULTZ

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This book is too good, y’all. Sometimes, it reminded me of the movie Maverick. Other times, I was grinning at the monsters, beasts, and hilarity of the characters (yes, it’s normal to grin at werewolf-like beasts).

I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more!

 

ACROSS FIVE APRILS, by IRENE HUNT

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A day might come when I don’t mention how much I love this book. But today is not that day. Rereading this book was like a really big hug. I love it so much.

 

SAFELY HOME, by RANDY ALCORN

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My mom told me how good this book was. But her words did little to prepare me for how good this book was. This novel opened my eyes to just how much God loves us and how prepared we need to be. God tells us to be ready. Are we?

 

BEHOLD, by FAITH POTTS

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I was soo excited to get this for Christmas and I read it in one sitting and IT IS SO PRECIOUS, Y’ALL. I loved the sequel story to Dandelion Dust, but I also loved the other stories sooo very much.

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A ROYAL MASQUERADE, by ALLISON TEBO

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Book review is HERE.

THIS WAS SO CUTE AND FUNNY AND ADORABLE. I LOVED IT. This series is one of my all time favorites. So much hilarity and precious characters.

 

MY COMPASS HOME, by MICHAELA BUSH

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I read this book in one sitting because I couldn’t believe things could get better than book one? But they did. And the cast blew me away and the emotions were so poignant and the plot was just AHHH. MY HEART. This book deserves a lot of love!

 

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There we have my top ten favorites from 2018! I MANAGED IT, Y’ALL. Because I’m actually a… really picky reader. So picking ten FAVORITES was… interesting.

I’m so excited to see what 2019 brings (actually, I’m already enjoying the books I’ve read so far!). 🙂

God bless,

Ang

PS. Don’t forget to fill out a form so you can see more content on the blog you likeMAYBE. MWUAHAHA.

 

YOUR TOP FAVORITES FROM 2018? DO YOU LIKE ANY OF THE ONES I DID?

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS | EMMANUEL

As y’all know, I’ve published a Christmas short story! =) It is 99 cents on Amazon if you’re interested in snagging a copy for a moving Christmas story about finding Jesus in very dark places. HOWEVER, I’m posting this today to let you know, if you want a FREE COPY… Please message me your email and I’ll send one over! ♥ I wanna spread some Christmas cheer.

Emmanuel is actually a short story prequel to my series The Infidel Books. I’m so pumped to tackle this series in the future.

I love funny, cheesy Christmas stories, but this short story deals with finding hope in times where everything is coming against you. In my life right now, I can relate to this. This Christmas has been very rough.

 

BLURB

 

Make safe the way that leads on high

And close the path to misery

In dystopian America, with civil unrest and wars among the states, illegal activity is rampant and only the strongest survive. Reese Burns is one of the strong fighters. He doesn’t need Jesus to fight, either.

Ezekiel, a ten-year-old child, insists he get the answer about the story of Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Reese sets out to find the boy the best gift he’s capable of giving. The story of Jesus. The story only brings Reese pain at first, but then he’s forced to make a choice when a miracle happens. Can Reese choose faith in an unseen God in the midst of chaos?

GET IT HERE!

OR MESSAGE ME YOUR EMAIL!

Add it on Goodreads

GIVEAWAY

YES, there’s a giveaway for the 12DoC and it even includes Seek!

First place: The Christmas Secret by Wanda Brunstetter (paperback), Behold by Faith Potts (paperback), Christmas: God with Us (Jeremy Camp CD), surprise goodies
Second place: Seek by Angela R. Watts (paperback) & Coffee Shop Christmas by Ryana Lynn Miller (ebook)

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

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I truly hope you enjoy it if you read it. ♥ And feel free to leave a review, dearies! Especially on Amazon, if you can. 🙂

God bless and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

– Ang

 

DO YOU LIKE CHRISTMAS SHORT STORIES? DID YOU GET A COPY OF EMMANUEL?

 

 

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS | BOOKS

I must be honest. I don’t read many books about Christmas. At all. Even so, I do love them, and have even written my own!

Today, I’m sharing my favorite books that make me all warm and fuzzy inside, even if snow occurs within the pages! These’ll be Christmas-y or just winter-ish books. 😉

 

ICEFALL | MATTHEW J. KIRBY

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GOODREADS

This middle grade novel is still one of the best books I’ve ever read. I adore it. The characters, the setting, the mystery… It is one chilling book!

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL | CHARLES DICKENS

A Christmas Carol

GOODREADS

HA! A CHRISTMAS BOOK! I love this one sooo much, y’all.

 

THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE | C.S. LEWIS

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

GOODREADS

So precious. This classic series is perfect for all seasons, but this book (and the movie, heh) have winter vibes.

 

THE KITCHEN BOY: A NOVEL OF THE LAST TSAR | ROBERT ALEXANDER

The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar

GOODREADS

One of my favorite books ever, even if I have problems with the lack of Jesus and heavy themes that hold no hope (which you can’t have without Jesus!). Even so, the story, pacing, and style, as well as the characters, are epic. The cold setting makes me feel like I’m there.

(Note: I suggest readers 13+, due to stronger content and language)

 

STONES IN WATER | DONNA JO NAPOLI

Stones in Water

GOODREADS

Ever read a book that you don’t expect a lot from, but then it just hits you right in the heart like a rock? Yeah. This book was like that. The story was moving and the setting is perfect for snowy days. I suggest this for fans of WWII, as well. (Please. Someone read it so we can cry together.)

(Note: the sequel was total garbage so don’t bother with it, though, haha…)

 

THE NIGHT THE BELLS RANG | NATALIE KINSEY-WARNOCK

The Night the Bells Rang

GOODREADS

I read this as a younger reader, and it really stuck with me. I reread it again this year. It’s not that big or fancy, but goodness, is it touching…

 

ESTHER ASHTON’S NEW DRESS | KELLYN ROTH

Esther Ashton's New Dress

GOODREADS

Super sweet and quick read — perfect for the holiday season! =D ♥

 

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS | CECIL MURPHY

The Spirit of Christmas

GOODREADS

I’m only half-way through this one, but it is precious!

 

EMMANUEL | ANGELA R. WATTS

Emmanuel

GOODREADS 

Yep, that’s my little story… It is a mini prequel to my The Infidel Books! AND I LOVED WRITING IT. I’m super excited it is published. It’s my first completed Christmas short story. Get it here.

 

BEHOLD | FAITH POTTS

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GOODREADS

I have yet to read Behold (because I’m gonna get a paperback copy because I can barely read stuff on Kindle…) by Faith Potts, but since it’s Christmas, I wanted to share this with y’all! I’ve heard great things and knowing Faith, it is bound to be precious!

 

GIVEAWAY

YES, there’s a giveaway for the 12DoC and it even includes Seek!

First place: The Christmas Secret by Wanda Brunstetter (paperback), Behold by Faith Potts (paperback), Christmas: God with Us (Jeremy Camp CD), surprise goodies
Second place: Seek by Angela R. Watts (paperback) & Coffee Shop Christmas by Ryana Lynn Miller (ebook)

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

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Be sure to enter that giveaway, friends! 🙂 I hope you’re having a wonderful December.

God bless,

Ang

 

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS BOOK?

BEHOLD, BLOG TOUR | BOOK SPOTLIGHT

HIYA! Back again with another blog tour post. I am sharing the news of Behold, a collection of short stories by my friend, Faith Potts!

I also have news on Seek’s giveaway/Q&A so stay tuned. =)

 

Synopsis

A collection of short stories honoring the birth of the Savior

From two siblings caught up in the harrowing days of World War II to separated foster children in the US…

From a memorable road trip across the Southeast to the reunion of a war-torn family…

You’ll be swept into the Christmas spirit with the endearing stories tucked inside these pages. The storylines range from family to romance to the bond of community, with settings scattered across America and beyond.

Behold the beauty of the Savior’s birth with this gathering of stories that warm the soul and bless the heart.

Goodreads | Amazon 

 

Author Bio

Saved by God’s grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and homeschool graduate, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the North Carolina mountains. When she’s not weaving stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading stacks of books, or studying American Sign Language, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and—of course—blowing dandelions.

Blog | Website | Facebook Instagram  | Goodreads

 

GIVEAWAY

First place: paperback copy of Behold

Second place: ebook copy of Behold

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

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Does this book sound sweet or what?! I am soo excited to get a copy! 🙂 Big congrats to Faith for publishing it. ♥

I have a question for those who want to watch my Q&A video: what time would you be able to watch a live Youtube video? I might do a live Youtube and announce the winners then when I do the Q&A but the more people who can join live, the better. 🙂 Would some time around 3-5 PM central work…? Let me know.

God bless,

– Ang

SEEK, BLOG TOUR | DAY 7

THE LAST DAY OF THE TOUR IS UPON US. I cannot believe how amazing this blog tour was. The people who joined me were epic, and the support I’ve gotten means a great deal. =)

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Also, you can snag a copy of Seek on Kindle. I’m still having troubles with paperback (really, I’m not surprised, lol. But God is in control!) but I will share the news once it is finally released. ♥

 

 

SEEK COVER GOOD

BLURB

 

Angel Cutler’s routine life is overturned when local ganglord Viktor Marino tries to kidnap her. When she finds out her adopted sister is back in town and working with Viktor, Angel has to run away with the protection of two total strangers. Can Angel have faith in God to protect her family when she can’t?

Elijah Davis has seen Viktor bleed once, and to save his family, he’ll make it happen again. But who is the One Eli can turn to when he realizes he can’t protect his loved ones alone?

Hiding from gangsters and gunfire, the trio struggle to seek God above all else and trust that His plan is greater than their own. Or Viktor Marino’s.

AMAZON (KINDLE!) | GOODREADS

Paperback is going to release but not yet. (Thanks, KDP) I will share the buy link as soon as I get it, lovelies!

 

TODAY’S BLOGGERS

 

Friday, December 7th

Book Review | Hannah Gridley, Heart Of The Rose

My dear friend Hannah shared her review and I love it. 🙂

Book Review | Chloe, Purely By Faith

A sweet review from Chloe! EEP!

 

A RECAP…

Saturday, December 1st

Book Spotlight | Gracelyn Buckner, Literatura

Guest Post | Abigail Harder, Books, Life, And Christ

Book Review | Loretta, Just Writing

Sunday, December 2nd

Book Review + Author Interview | Molly Anne, Qadash – Set Apart, For Him

Author Interview | Shine, HauntingGhostTown

Monday, December 3rd

Guest Post + Book Spotlight | Liz, Home With The Hummingbirds

Book Spotlight + Author Interview | Michaela Bush, Tangled Up In Writing

Tuesday, December 4th

Book Spotlight | Faith Potts, Stories By Firefly

Guest Post | Grace Maples, Proclaiming His Excellencies

Wednesday, December 5th

Book Review | Kellyn Roth, Reveries

Book Spotlight + Guest Post | John-Clement Gallo, JC’s ShadowBlog

Guest Post | Medomfo, Writings From A God Girl

Thursday, December 6th

Book Review + Author Interview | A. Kaylee Harrison, Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Book Review + Guest Post | Parker Hankins, Pencils And Pianos

Guest Post | Sara, R535

Friday, December 7th

Book Review | Hannah Gridley, Heart Of The Rose

Book Review | Chloe, Purely By Faith

 

THE FUTURE

 

Previous theme posts:

Today, I’m talking about the FUTURE. Or, specifically, what plans I have for my writing future.

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As y’all know, Seek is book one of the Whispers Of Heaven series. Book two, which is titled Covenant, is expected to release sometime in 2020. Why the long due date? Because I don’t want to promise a super quick one and fail to reach it, haha. I have plans of working on book 2 during 2019 but can’t say it’ll be ready for publishing by the end of that year.

What else am I doing beside CovenantI have a few short stories I will be publishing (#spoilers…), so be on the lookout for those. =)

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve seen my stuff about my other series, The Infidel Books. I adore this dystopian series but have yet to truly start it. I’m not making solid plans about it right now because I don’t want to get distracted from Whispers Of Heaven. BUT WHO KNOWS WHAT I DO?!

My biggest goal, however, is to rewrite my supernatural YA book, JUMP. I pray to submit it to Enclave but if they reject it, I might try another publishing company, and if all else doesn’t work out, I’ll be self-publishing it! I am super excited for JUMP. Why?

  • GOD.
  • Teenagers (that don’t whine all the time). It was the first book I’ve ever completed that had a teenage cast and it was super fun.
  • SIBLINGSSSS. It has sibling relationships, y’all! Good, strong ones. Ahh.
  • Small town in North Carolina. I have an obsession with NC. The setting is so aesthetic-y.
  • Creepy vibes.
  • Supernatural stuff. (I am a huge fan of Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker, and read nonfiction stuff on the topic of the supernatural from a Biblical standpoint.)
  • More gangsters… (OOPS?) Which means street fights.
  • A cutie named Fonz (CAN YOU GO WRONG WITH THAT?!)

If you are interested in beta (or ALPHA-ing, *gasp*) reading JUMP, please let me know! I will have it ready within the first quarter of 2019 for alphas or betas… we’ll see. 😛

Besides these plans… I’m leaving what I write to God! Plans change and what He tells me to write can change, and since I don’t want to push myself to write a ton of novels without His direction (and with life being sooo insane… I don’t want to foolishly stress myself out over writing)… I shall see where He guides me. 🙂

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

GIVEAWAY

 

1st Place: A signed paperback of Seek and a mug with a Scripture verse on it!

2nd Place: An ebook copy of Seek!

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

Winners of the giveaway will be announced after the 8th. 🙂

 

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God has helped me so very much during the years I’ve worked on Seek. I couldn’t have done anything without Him, my family, and my friends. God bless you each. And bless each of you who have supported and encouraged me over the tour.

I trust God uses Seek to touch who He wants it to touch. I’m so overjoyed and grateful to God this chapter of my life is behind me. I trust the Lord has a plan for my future. He has one for you, too. ♥

God bless and seek the Lord,

– Ang

 

WHAT ARE YOUR WRITING PLANS FOR 2019? DO YOU LIKE THE SOUND OF JUMP? DID YOU ENJOY THE BLOG TOUR FOR SEEK?