7 Favorite Fiction Books to Read This Year

Posted on January 5, 2015

I used to only read non-fiction books. I also used to have to take melatonin almost every night in order to fall asleep.

Then I heard Tim Ferriss (my hero) say that reading fiction before bed is better than taking Ambien. Ferriss reasons that reading fiction helps switches your brain from learning to relaxation mode by distracting it from your own thoughts. After doing this for about a year now, I must say it usually helps me fall asleep much faster. It doesn’t always help me stay asleep, but then I just try reading until I fall back asleep again.

My favorite book genres are historical fiction and memoirs (I know it’s not fiction, but it’s still someone else’s story so my brain isn’t focused on my stuff). So, without further ado, here are my favorite ‘fiction’ books (in no particular order) I read this year that I found on dailyfreebooks.com:

  • The Wedding Gift - In 1852, when prestigious Alabama plantation owner Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa’s hand in marriage, she takes with her a gift: Sarah—her slave and her half-sister. Raised by an educated mother, Clarissa is not the proper Southern belle she appears to be, with ambitions of loving whom she chooses. Sarah equally hides behind the façade of being a docile house slave as she plots to escape.
  • The Seventh Season: The Word of God and The Will of Rome - As the Romans lay siege to the ancient city of Caesarea, a small brotherhood of Christians arrange for the apostle Andrew to escape along with his youthful scribe, Johanan. They find passage on a boat bound for Greece where they meet two people who will change their lives… and the course of history.
  • Silver’s Odyssey - Here is the story of a 1622 Spanish shipwrecked soldier’s fantastic survival trek through coastal and inland Florida. Physical and emotional challenges of the highest order confront him on a four-year, south adventure through a world few Europeans had seen.
  • Bouncing Back: The Life of Bill Bartmann - They say that truth can be stranger than fiction, and in the case of Bill Bartmann, it’s absolutely the case. Bouncing Back is a glimpse into situations most of us can never imagine, including being told you’ll never walk again, graduating from law school despite being kicked out of high school, building a billion dollar company and losing it.
  • Magdalene - In an era when women are sequestered and silenced, Miryam of Magdala lives a contended life until her son’s careless gesture evokes a hostile action that shatters her serenity. With no hope of justice, Miryam commits and unthinkable act…and descends into depths of darkness that threaten her life and her sanity.
  • Picnic at the Iron Curtain - Picnic at the Iron Curtain won a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist’s award. It shows every day people at the centre of dramatic events from Budapest to Bishkek and Chernobyl to Chechnya. It is a memoir that spans a period of momentous historical change from 1988-1998.
  • Seduction of the Septer - At her sister’s wedding feast, young Lara Basmajinik shares a single dance with handsome Prince Kaz. Beautiful, intelligent and born into a prominent ruling family, Lara seems the perfect match for this prince and future king. But when Kaz is accused of murder and imprisoned for life, Lara marries Jaederion, his feeble-minded younger brother. Now Lara reigns as queen, and she must at last decide where her loyalties lie: with the only man she has ever loved, with the political needs of the nation, or with her own increasing thirst for power.



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  • http://www.twitter.com/bennesvig Ben Nesvig

    I’ll have to check a few of these out. Read 83 books last year and the best was definitely UnBroken, which is narrative non-fiction and amazing.

    • Shawnee Huie

      Adding it to my Kindle list now!