2020 – My Favorite Reads

This year was a doozey. But there was a lot of down time to read. That’s always a plus for me. I read 100 books from 11 genres, with 2 of those being broken into 15 subcategories (fantasy – 2, romance – 13). Five of that total number were my own books. The lonely category was a YA book (The Wave by Todd Strasser). Romance was the most read genre (of course). 47 books. The top three subcategories were Regency (11), Contemporary (9) and Chick Lit (8).

In nonfiction, I learned more about writing, painting, democracy, and how the FBI was founded. I learned about Michelle Obama (most popular book), Russell M. Nelson, Reese Witherspoon, and Frederick Douglass (the escaped slave abolitionist). I learned self-help principles from Brooke Snow and Brene Brown and have loved putting new principles into action.

Here is my Goodreads infographic so you can see and click on any book that interests you. Below are my favorites. The top 10 are in order but after that I liked them all and it was hard to order them. 🙂

My Favorites

  1. Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon (historical romance)
  2. Living in Your True Identity by Brooke Snow (inspirational self-help)
  3. Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson (Vin and Ellend Books 1-3) (epic fantasy)
  4. Insights from a Prophet’s Life: biography of Russell M. Nelson by Sherri Dew (biographical)
  5. In Name Only by Jennifer Peel (contemporary romance)
  6. The Dear Wife by Jennifer Peel (contemporary romance/women’s fiction)
  7. Becoming by Michelle Obama (memoir)
  8. Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson (Wax and Wayne books 4-6) (epic fantasy)
  9. The Noel Letters by Richard Paul Evans (holiday inspirational romance)
  10. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (fantasy)
  11. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (historical fiction)
  12. Romancing the Rake by Nichole Van (Scottish Regency romance)
  13. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson (epic fantasy)
  14. Of Sword and Shadow by A.L. Sowards (medieval romance)
  15. Love Redesigned by Jenny Proctor (contemporary romance)
  16. Carried: how one mother’s trust in God helped her through the unthinkable by Michelle Schmidt (inspirational/non-fiction)
  17. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer (suspense thriller)
  18. The Bone Hunger by Carrie Rubin (medical thriller)
  19. Yellow Crocus & Mustard Seed by Laila Ibrahim (historical fiction—slavery)
  20. Note of Change Anthology (especially loved Ring of Gold by Nichole Van) (regency/historical)
  21. Roommaid by Sariah Wilson (contemporary romance)
  22. Saints Volume 2: No Unhallowed Hand (historical non-fiction)
  23. Ill Winds by Larry Diamond (political non-fiction)
  24. America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoi (historical fiction)
  25. The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey (WWII historical)
  26. Facial Recognition by Jennifer Peel (contemporary romance)
  27. Reforming Lord Neil by Sally Britton (regency romance)
  28. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Himself (autobiography
  29. A Wrinkle in Forever by Charissa Stastny (contemporary romance)
  30. Girl at Heart by Kelly Oram (YA romance)

There you go! My favorite books I read in 2020. There were plenty more I didn’t feature here. You can see the rest on my Goodreads Yearly Review.

Have you read any of these I listed?

Did you have a favorite book this year that just really touched you?

My new year’s wish for you as 2021 approaches is that you have tons of good books to read. Reading helps us become more empathetic. Books strengthen us by letting us figure out different choices in our head and heart that we might never have to make in real life as we journey along with different characters. That decision-making process in books enables us to become wiser in our own lives.

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy new year. . . and Happy Reading!

6 thoughts on “2020 – My Favorite Reads

  1. I’m honored to have made your list. Merry Christmas, friend!

    On Thu, Dec 24, 2020 at 8:28 AM Joy in the Moments wrote:

    > Charissa posted: ” This year was a doozey. But there was a lot of down > time to read. That’s always a plus for me. I read 98 books from 11 genres, > with 2 of those being broken into 15 subcategories (fantasy – 2, romance – > 13). Five of that total number were my own books” >

  2. #1 was a favorite read of mine and I enjoyed #25 too. You introduced me to Jennifer Peel’s writing and really enjoy reading her books (still have In Name Only to read). I really enjoyed reading The Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy (read back in April 2020). I plan to add a few of these to my reading list for 2021. Happy Reading – Happy Holidays – Enjoy 🙂

    • I’m glad you liked those two. And I just grabbed A Dressmaker’s Gift since it was on sale right now. Thanks for the recommendation. Enjoy your Christmas and New Year’s!

  3. Oooh! I’ve read don’t of these but have a lot more to add to my list! I just got Insights for my mom and dad and my aunt because I’ve heard such good things about it. I’ll have to borrow it once they finish it. One of my favorites not on your list is Forget Me Not by Sarah Eden.

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