Favorite Books Read in 2020

I thought about sharing a list of the books I read this year, but I share an Amazon and Goodreads account with my mom (it makes it easier for me to add books to her Kindle for her) and she read a lot more books than me so sifting through what she read and what I read was a little overwhelming. My Kindle list also includes books from my husband’s account and he’s also read a lot more books than I have this year (as he always does.)

I’ve been lesson planning for when school starts for the kids next week so I didn’t have time to sit and figure out what I read, what she read, and what he read. I do know she read around 200 this year (some of them short, some of them awful Kindle books, poor lady) on her Kindle and he read 80 on his Kindle. They both also read a few hard copies of books.

Since I didn’t want to try to make a list of all the books I read, which would have been short (maybe 20), I thought I’d list some of my favorites of what I read this year instead.

My favorite reads this year were:

A Long Time Comin’ by Robin W. Pearson

Lead Me Home by Amy K. Sorrells

Falling Home by Karen White

About Your Father And Other Celebrities I Have Known by Peggy Rowe (the only non-fiction book I read all the way through.)

A Longmire Mystery: The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish by Bethany Turner.

The Dead Don’t Dance by Charles Martin


Honorable Mentions:

Borders of the Heart Chris Fabry

Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

Silas Marner by George Elliot

The Knife Slipped by Earl Stanley Gardner

A Cord of Three Strands by Christy Distler

I know a lot of readers announce a reading goal for the new year, but I find goals like that distract me from simply enjoying reading. I guess I could set my goal at 20 and see what happens, but . . . that just sounds so organized, so I don’t think I’ll really set that as my goal. Pretend I did, though, so I fit in with all the book bloggers of the world.

So how about you? What were some of your favorite reads of 2020? Let me know in the comments.

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6 thoughts on “Favorite Books Read in 2020

  1. Well, I’m a book blogger who doesn’t set reading goals, so I guess I don’t fit in, either. I just love being taken on an adventure and being swept away without having to worry about how many I’ve read, how many I need to read, which category the book would fall in, etc. Instead, I read and read and then count up at the end of the year and proclaim the number a good one.

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  2. Yay! Some new books to add to my list! I set my Goodreads goal at 20 last year and I actually made it. So I did the same for this year, but I’m not stressing about it. 🙂 Right now I’m reading On Agate Hill by Lee Smith. I love all of her books! Mainly because her books are set in Appalachia and I know a lot of the places she mentions.

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  3. I managed to read 97 books this year. You’d think I’d try to hit 100 but I didn’t realize I’d read 97 until New Year’s Day. Some of those were really awful Kindle ones but I made myself finish them because they were thankfully short! My all-time record was in 2018 when I read 136. But then I had more access to library books than I did in 2020. Let’s hope that changes for 2021.

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    1. I’m always amazed at all the books my mom reads but she says, “I’m retired and don’t have young children at home. I have more time.” She’s right. She does. She also has fibromylgia, they are staying home more because of the pandemic, and she has to have a way to escape my dad. 😉 (That last part was a joke!) There is some really awful stuff on Kindle Unlimited and I say this knowing full well that my books are among those (lol!) but I think a lot of people just want to try it and are learning so I read them , if I can make it through, and try to encourage them. Who knows who they will become later. I keep in mind a lot of these authors are super, super young and I applaud them for even trying. They may be like me in that I promote my books some, yeah, but mainly I put them up there for family and just for fun.

      I know my husband has read more in past years but this year has been so weird and crazy that some days he just wanted to watch something and not think too much.

      And yes, let us hope we can go to the libraries more this year!

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