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2020 Reading Challenge

My reading goal for the year was 50 books and I fell just one short with 49 (17,913 pages). I realize, having been home for 8.5 months I should have been able to squeeze in one more….but oh well! I feel like I got a good mix of fiction and nonfiction, along with different genres.

I like stats so here are a few from Goodreads along with a snapshot of some of my favorites – if you have reading goals and don’t use it to track your books, what are you doing?! I’m gonna try for another 50 this year – what’s your goal?

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Final 2020 Reads

Finished my final two books for this year. Enjoy the reviews and I’ll get to a full year round up in the next few days!

This is the second book I’ve read by this duo and this one may be even better than the first. You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen is a true thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Shay hits a low in her life – a temp job going nowhere, few friends, a having to hunt for a new apartment in New York City. Then she witnesses a tragic incident that propels her into a wave of seemingly good luck. But nothing is at it seems. Not many characters have truly redeeming qualities, which usually bothers me, but it did not seem to bother me this time. Definitely check it out!

This is not your typical novel or biography, but it was a meaningful book to me this year. Live in Grace, Walk in Love by Bob Goff is a year-long daily devotional. It is similar messaging to Goff’s great book Love Does. Sometimes it does feel a little repetitive, but it was a great reminder, especially this year, of the love we are called to give those around us, both friend and stranger. It is on the lighter side, but it is a great daily devotion.

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Book Catch Up

Playing catch up again on book reviews! I really liked all 3 of these books so check them out and let me know what you think! I’m going to be a couple books short of my goal of 50 for the year, which is a little disappointing since there’s literally been no social life for 9+ months, but that it completely my own fault. I’m bad a turning on the tv instead of reading. But maybe that can be a goal for 2021 since we’re not out of the pandemic woods yet. And my goal is to finish one more before the end of the week!

The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey is probably up there as one of my favorite books ever. Selina Lennox is a young adult looking to find her own way in a post-WWII life where she is expected to marry a respectable (and rich) man and become a house wife. She resists this at first, even becoming involved with a poor artist, but tragic events lead her to give up and give in to her mother’s wishes. We learn about her life, though, through her daughter’s eyes as she stays with Selina’s parents while her parents are away. Selina gives her a treasure hunt to find various things in the house and on the grounds, all the while telling her daughter about her life. It is beautifully written and, although predictable at times, definitely makes you want to keep reading.

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan is a follow up to his Crazy Rich Asians series (which I loved). There are some mentions of characters from the original series but for the most part it’s completely new. Lucie meets George at a lavish wedding on the isle of Capri and the two resist their feelings for each other until they can’t stand it and end up in a precarious situation. Years later, their paths cross again, only this time Lucie is engaged and they have trouble dealing with the rush of memories from the long-ago idyllic week in Capri. It’s definitely a book for pure entertainment, no thinking or

Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn was another quick and pure entertainment read set in New York City. Meg runs a hand-lettering business and is working to really get off the ground with a new business opportunity when a ghost from the past comes back to haunt her. Unfortunately for her, this ghost is an attractive former client who she decides to take a chance on getting to know better. There are some twists and turns, as well as some steamy scenes (in case that makes you uncomfortable, you’ve been warned).