my year in books

my year in books

There were some inquiries about the book I referred to in my last post.

Unfortunately, the link wasn’t as visible as I hoped. You can view the book in question here. I thought it might be fun to compile the books I enjoyed the most this year.  There’s nothing I love more than a “best of” list and if there was ever a year to list them, this is the year. I am not going to describe the books as the links will accomplish this better than me but I will add a comment next to each title.  Find book links by clicking the title listed.

Disclaimer: My tastes may not be yours.  I had a text exchange a few months ago with a fellow book lover.
We talked about the books we had been reading. I mentioned a book I LOVED and she proceeded to return my text with “I HATED that book!” It made me giggle. We all have different tastes, be advised.

The books I enjoyed during 2020:

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue-This book was a welcome companion to transport me to another world when my current reality was not where I wanted to reside. 

The Midnight Library-What if you were able to make different decisions over the course of your life? Would the change in direction yield greater contentment? Hmmm.  This was a delightful reading experience.

The Starless Sea-To be honest,  I wasn’t always sure what was happening in this book for quite a while, but by trusting the author and patience, it proved to be beautiful, immersive, and richly satisfying by the end.
This was the first of two highly anticipated books by favorite authors of mine. 

The House in the Cerulean SeaI read this book during the summer and it made me laugh out loud many times. I found it deeply original, touching, and emphasized the power of creating a family.

The Glass Hotel-My other anticipated book and one that crosses my mind from time to time. I couldn’t stop reading this book. The author has a way of hiding details without making the reader overly anxious. I simply curled up and let the story unfold. 

GreenwoodI especially love family sagas when they are not bogged down by too many details. This book caught me by surprise by being a page-turner. In part, it is about trees and it was particularly timely as I read while smoke wafted into our home from all the wildfires.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the HorseI had this book on my radar for such a long time and it made its way to my home once our library allowed hold pick up. But it wasn’t until I returned home after my being away much of November that I exhaled, sat down, and discovered the wait was a worthy one.
It’s the kind of book deserving of a hug after finishing. 

The Ruthless Elimination of HurryThe first book I completed in 2020. It paired so well with the word “slow” I had chosen the previous August. Slow became the centerpiece of this blog for the early months of the pandemic. 

Honest AdventI love Advent. I have since being a child. As an adult, I have such high expectations and often reach too high. This year I chose only a few resources to use: Christmastide, Sacred Space, my church’s Advent resource, and Honest Advent. Scott Erickson has a profound gift of being able to combine artistic images, our common language with the Divine. It was a pleasure to open the pages each morning and will be revisited again and again. 

WinteringThe perfect book at the right time. Not only because of the season but as we all deal with personal winters. This book possesses the rare quality of making me feel understood in my current season but also very hopeful. I learned a lot about myself and this precious world we inhabit. I read this on my Kindle but may splurge for the paperback when it is released, it has the most gorgeous cover. Click and see.

At year-end, I should have a grand total of 35 books read. It’s not as many as I would have liked but my goal at the beginning of 2020 was to read 12 very good books. I will remember these ten the most. I have many partially consumed books as my mind was not steady once the pandemic hovered over our lives.
It is definitely not lost on me that many of these titles are fantasy in theme as are more not listed.
I am simply grateful to be reading.

What books make your favorites list? 

I would love to know!

May you end this year fully captivated by a great book and a hot mug filled with your favorite drink.
Bonus points if you are in front of a crackling fire.

2 thoughts on “my year in books

  1. Thanks for sharing this list. My list of “want to read” books is already impossibly long but as a friend said yesterday, it’s better than having the time and no books to read!

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  2. I completely agree with having such a long list of books to read. But I will remember to be glad because there is nothing more impossible than trying to find that right book from thin air! Happy reading Judy📚


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