2014 Swoony Awards

The Swoony Awards are a Reader’s Choice Award recognizing excellence in clean secular, wholesome romance. We wanted a way to show our appreciation to these awesome authors who write the kind of books that we love. It’s also a great way to find new books and a good go-to when looking for something fun to read.

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This list consists of books published December 2013 – November 2014. This list has been archived, so no further voting or submissions will be allowed.
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message 1: by Kathy (last edited Nov 07, 2014 07:18AM) (new)

Kathy *Update: I've had to remove a few books that have been nominated (no offense was meant), for not meeting the eligibility requirements. I realize that everyone has different idea's of what constitutes a clean read, in this case we're looking for:

Sex: None - closed door. Not overly implied, door ajar, etc.

Language: None - mild. Anything over a handful of profanity (especially the more offensive words) would be considered not clean.


message 2: by Carol (new)

Carol Thanks for being vigilant for us Kathy, you're the best!


message 3: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Great job Kathy!!


message 4: by Teya (new)

Teya Teya Great job Kathy being on top of that!


message 5: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Thanks, I can't take all the credit, Katie helped me research the books and figure out which ones were eligible.

Also, we've created a fun Facebook and Twitter page, come check us out and help spread the word about the Swoonys!


message 6: by Annalise (new)

Annalise Thank you so much! This is a go-to list of clean books I don't have to worry about getting half way through and closing or deleting because of content!


message 7: by Tressa (new)

Tressa (Wishful Endings) I've seen one Christian Romance that definitely deserves to be included, but are we including that genre? If we are I've definitely got a few more amazing books that aren't preachy that I'd love to add.


message 8: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Tressa wrote: "I've seen one Christian Romance that definitely deserves to be included, but are we including that genre? If we are I've definitely got a few more amazing books that aren't preachy that I'd love to..."

Tressa- We're open to all clean genres, there are already some Christian Fiction nominees on there so feel free to add any others that you've enjoyed. :)


message 9: by Tressa (new)

Tressa (Wishful Endings) Kathy wrote: "We're open to all clean genres..."

Good to know. I'll add a few. :)


message 10: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Hey everyone! I hate to be a stickler, but just wanted to do a reminder that only books published during 2014 are eligible for nomination. We went back and forth on this for a long time, but decided in the long run it would be better to just do awards for the current year. We felt that this would make it more fun each year and provide a new list of awesome books without getting the same ones over and over. Thanks!


message 11: by Maria (new)

Maria Hoagland So excited to hear about this! What a great idea. Can't wait to hear who wins ;) So many good books.


message 12: by Anniethecavie (last edited Nov 12, 2014 04:10PM) (new)

Anniethecavie I nominated "The Girl Who Came Home" by Hazel Gaynor.

It was initially published as a Kindle book, in digital form only in 2012 by the author. It was published by William Morrow in 2014.

Which date are you using?


message 13: by Kathy (new)

Kathy The most current publication date. There are quite a few on here that have been re-released in 2014. :)


message 14: by Anniethecavie (last edited Nov 12, 2014 05:23PM) (new)

Anniethecavie Kathy wrote: "The most current publication date. There are quite a few on here that have been re-released in 2014. :)"

It has 2 listings here. 165 and 64.


message 15: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Gammon Kathy wrote: "*Update: I've had to remove a few books that have been nominated (no offense was meant), for not meeting the eligibility requirements. I realize that everyone has different idea's of what constitut..."

Mine was removed (Unbearable) It is clean, no sex, no swearing and was released June 2014...why?? I have 14 votes and was #42??


message 16: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Sherry wrote: "Kathy wrote: "*Update: I've had to remove a few books that have been nominated (no offense was meant), for not meeting the eligibility requirements. I realize that everyone has different idea's of ..."

Hi Sherry,
I'm so sorry! I remember removing Unlovable since it was published in 2011, but I don't remember removing Unbearable. I must have done so by mistake. I've put it back on the list.


message 17: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Gammon Kathy wrote: "Sherry wrote: "Kathy wrote: "*Update: I've had to remove a few books that have been nominated (no offense was meant), for not meeting the eligibility requirements. I realize that everyone has diffe..."

Thanks! I didn't add Unlovable...not sure who did!


message 18: by Sherry (last edited Nov 15, 2014 08:57AM) (new)

Sherry Gammon Kathy wrote: "Sherry wrote: "Kathy wrote: "*Update: I've had to remove a few books that have been nominated (no offense was meant), for not meeting the eligibility requirements. I realize that everyone has diffe..."

Sherry wrote: "Kathy wrote: "Sherry wrote: "Kathy wrote: "*Update: I've had to remove a few books that have been nominated (no offense was meant), for not meeting the eligibility requirements. I realize that ever..."

Don't bother. I've lost all my votes.


message 19: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Oh my! You Ladies never cease to amaze me! Wow oh wow!


message 20: by Deborah (new)

Deborah (Sidenote: there are so many books on this list that I haven't even read/heard of! Where does one even start??)


message 21: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Deborah wrote: "(Sidenote: there are so many books on this list that I haven't even read/heard of! Where does one even start??)"

I know Deb, it's been so fun finding new books to read. I hope it'll be a good reference for anyone looking for fun, clean reads! :)


message 22: by CarolynB (new)

CarolynB I'm aware of hundreds(?) of Christian authors, but I am so excited to have a list of clean secular reads! I hope that each year's list will be archived so that after each year is over we will still be able to see that year's best, as decided by the members of this group. What a resource!


message 23: by Caitie (new)

Caitie Quinn I just wanted to stop by and say, THANK YOU! to everyone contributing to the list. My readers ask for more clean secular books all the time. I've shared the link here for them to start grabbing your recommendations.

:)


message 24: by Sue (new)

Sue Stone So many wonderful, clean books to choose from. Thank you to the authors. Thank you for giving us this list.


message 25: by Annalise (new)

Annalise I have been reading down the list and found a book that does not fit the requirements. Shattered, Stolen Breaths #2, (#81 on the list) is a good book, but it DOES have intimate scenes and serious language. The characters have used the f-word at least 2 dozen times. Stolen Breaths #1 is great and fits the requirements, #2 does not. I don't want someone to be caught off guard. I love this list and enjoy knowing I can read these books and not be caught off guard. So, THANK YOU THANK YOU for the list.


message 26: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Thanks so much Annalise, I would have missed that one. I've heard the first book was clean so I assumed the second one would be as well. That's a shame. I'll definitely remove it from the list. Thanks again!!!


message 27: by Linda (new)

Linda Husvar So glad there are so many Christian books on this list.


message 28: by Brittany (new)

Brittany I love Julie Lessman's novels but there are two on the list that weren't released in 2014: Love at Any Cost and A Love Surrendered.


message 29: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Thanks Brittany! I try and check the list every few days for new additions, but may have missed these ones. :)


message 30: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Hey Kathy, I noticed that one of my older books is on this list (not a 2014) so I thought I'd scroll down and see any I knew off the top of my head are old too. Here's a list that I saw that I knew aren't 2014s (and I put the # so you knew approx where it is in the list since I know it changes.)


A Bride for Keeps 168

Blowing on Dandelions 84
Veil of Pearls 112
The Doctor's Lady 119
A Daughter's Inheritance 123
Love's Reckoning 127
Love's Awakening 130
It Happened at the Fair 268
Courting Cate 328
A Highlander for Christmas 396


message 31: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Thanks Melissa!! When I'm on the computer next I'll take those off (I'm on my phone right now). I try and keep track, but some slip through and some get re-added after I remove them. :)There is one book I've had to remove at least 10 times. :)


message 32: by AlegnaB † (new)

AlegnaB † There's no "like" button for this list. Is there a way you can get one added?


message 33: by Christy (new)

Christy i would also appreciate a "like" button to follow this list later. . .


message 34: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Christy wrote: "i would also appreciate a "like" button to follow this list later. . ."

I think when a list is no longer active the "like" option is turned off. Since this list was for 2014 books we deactivated it at the end of the contest. There is a new 2015 Swoony Award list that is active and you're able to "like" it. Here is the link:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/8...


message 35: by Kathy (new)

Kathy AlegnaB wrote: "There's no "like" button for this list. Is there a way you can get one added?"

I think when a list is no longer active the "like" option is turned off. Since this list was for 2014 books we deactivated it at the end of the contest. There is a new 2015 Swoony Award list that is active and you're able to "like" it. Here is the link:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/8...


 Mummy Cat Claire Awesome list! Thanks for putting it together.


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