2020 Books

I set out with a goal at the beginning of this year to read all The Chronicles of Narnia again, as well as at least one book from every grade level list from my school. I started out strong….and then, well, 2020. BUT, I still managed to read 58 books, and they were a mix of genres, not all fluffy fiction (although, quite a few were fluffy fiction, LOL), so I’m going to take that as a win. I’ve discovered my favorite type of fiction books is a good murder mystery. Below is my list, along with a few notes about each one.

1. When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal (good fiction-not “fluffy,” though, although it had a good ending)

2. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (third grade list)

3. The Gospel Comes With a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield

4. Regretting You by Colleen Hoover (definitely a fluffy read, but really enjoyable)

5. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (6th grade list) (This was a long, slow read for me. 2nd half was better than the first, and I see the merit in reading it for the subject matter…but not one I will be rereading anytime soon.)

6. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (I thought I would like this more than I did. It was a quick read, and it kept me intrigued, but at the end my overall impression was just “meh.”)

7. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (12th grade list)

8. The Things of Earth by Joe Rigney (One of the upper school summer reading books. I enjoyed this, used it as a sort of devotional to supplement my Bible reading time.)

9. North by Scott Jurek (about him beating the speed record on the Appalachian Trail-I absolutely love books like this, and this one was no exception).

10. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms (Fun, fluffy read.)

11. On the Bright Side by Melanie Shankle (I always love her books, and this one was no exception.)

12. The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone (SUCH an interesting read)

13. The Road She Left Behind by Kristine Nolfi (cute fluff read, nothing special)

14. It’s a Love Story by Lincee Ray (a fun memoir by a Christian author)

15. The Youth and Teen Running Encyclopedia by Mick Grant and John Molvar (a coaching book I read for XC)

16. P.S. From Paris by Marc Levy (a fun, fluffy read)

17. A Fire Sparkling by Julianne Maclean (novel about WWII-really enjoyed this one)

18. Can You Drink the Cup? By Henri J.M. Nouwen (A book about spiritual life, focusing on the question Jesus asked his disciples before his death)

19. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (I love this author’s style of writing-always keeps me reading!)

20. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis (Narnia book one-JECA kindergarten list)

21. Defending Jacob by William Landry (a murder mystery-quite good)

22. Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In by Louis Zamperini. (Memoirs, life lessons-really enjoyed this)

23. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (murder mystery-really enjoyed this one-read it in less than a day)

24. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (good story, but written from a weird perspective)

25. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (captivating story, but sad)

26. Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray (a memoir by a Christian author/blogger-very fun and encouraging)

27. A Woman Like Her by Marc Levy (another fun, fluffy read)

28. The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan (a murder mystery-good read)

29. The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman (a book about making decisions-good read)

30. America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (a historical fiction novel about Thomas Jefferson’s life, told from the perspective of his oldest daughter-based on his letters-really good read!)

31. Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (a true story about mondern day slavery and homelessness-a memoir-really good

32. Becoming by Michelle Obama (her autobiography about becoming 1st lady-very good read)

33. Stand All the Way Up by Sophie Hudson (another excellent book by one of my favorite authors-this one was very encouraging, and SO appropriate for what is going on in our world right now, even though she wrote it almost two years ago)

34. The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar (a historical fiction novel about the WASPs in WWII-great read!)

35. The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan (A memoir about a daughter and father both having and surviving cancer at the same time).

36. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware (murder mystery-really good)

37. Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons (sad/heavy read, but written in such an intriguing way)

38. Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson (a reread that I love)

39. The Negotiator by Dee Henderson (1st in the O Malley series)

40. The Guardian by Dee Henderson (2nd in the O Malley series)

41. The Truth Seeker by Dee Henderson (3rd in the O Malley series)

42. Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan (a very, very fluffy beach read)

43. The Bright Side of Going Dark by Kelly Harm (a fun, fluffy read with some good messages)

44. The Protector by Dee Henderson (4th in the O Malley series

45. The Healer by Dee Henderson (5th in the O Malley series)

46. The Rescuer by Dee Henderson (6th in the O Malley series)

47. The Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy (WWII book told from the perspective of women in France-good read)

48. The Guest List by Lucy Foley (murder mystery-good read)

49. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. (A book about trauma)

50. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (I enjoy her style of writing)

51. My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan (a fun romantic read)

52. The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin

53. The Last Letter from Juliet by Melanie Hudson (WWII novel about a female pilot-great read)

54. In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn (A sad, but very compelling, story)

55. The Lost Girls of Devon by Barbara O’Neal (really enjoyable fiction/mystery novel.)

56. The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock L. Eide and Fernette F. Eide (excellent read!)

57. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseni (A fictional book set in Afghanistan in the 1970s-early 2000s-a powerful, sad read, but so good and important. I like books like these that give me a glimpse into other cultures.)

58. Love Her Well by Kari Kampakis (a book about parenting teenage daughters-highly recommend!)

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