So without further ado, I'll begin with the first five books that made my top ten:
10: Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy and Becky Hepinstall
Two sisters run away from home to fight against the North in the American Civil War. One fights to avenge her husband, the other joins to protect her sister and get them both home. Will they survive?
9. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
The story of Addie Baum, born in 1900 to an immigrant family. Told by Addie to her granddaughter, you get to experience Addie's life as she grows up and lives a life that is a bit unconventional, but never dull. One of my favorite characters from this year.
8. The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick
Three sisters who have a gift for creating floral and herbal cures and gardens find their lives take an uncomfortable turn when scandal rocks their small town and gossip begins to turn people against them. There's romance, too. For fans of Sarah Addison Allen and all things magical and mystical.
7. The Blood Gospel by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell
First in a trilogy about vampires, biblical mysteries, and the Vatican's special team of priests that have promised their lives to protect the world against evil. A thrill a minute and hard to put down.
6. The Marvels by Brian Selznick
A young adult novel by the master of the artistic novel. The first half of the story is told in picture form. The second half continues the story of the Marvels, a family of actors who are legends in London theater, and a young boy who runs away from school to live with his uncle in his peculiar home in London. A fantastic novel that will surprise you and touch your heart.
That's the first five; what will be the top five reads for 2015? Can you guess? Stay tuned! All will be revealed in a few days.