Books Read in 2020

I had a good reading year. 84 books—I think that’s a record for me. I had quite a variety. Old and new: the oldest was published in 1854. A few were hot off the press this year (one I got to read before it was published). Fiction and nonfiction. Paper, Kindle, and audio. I discovered a few new-to-me authors, both classic (Cather, Trollope, and Stevenson) and contemporary (Roseanna M. White, Christina Suzann Nelson, Rachel Coker), whose other works I want to explore. I enjoyed the great majority of them.

I’ll publish my top ten or so of the year shortly, and I have a couple of reading challenge wrap-ups to post which will overlap with this. But I wanted to have a record of everything read this year. The titles link back to my reviews.


  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Amberwell by D. E. Stevenson
  3. Billy Budd by Herman Melville
  4. Candleford Green by Flora Thompson
  5. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope
  6. Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
  7. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  8. Lark Rise by Flora Thompson
  9. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  10. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  11. Over to Candleford by Flora Thompson
  12. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  13. Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
  14. Summerhills by D. E. Stevenson
  15. Wynema: A Child of the Forest by S. Alice Callahan


  1. 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates by Susan Neal
  2. The Answer Is…by Alex Trebek
  3. Be Amazed (Minor Prophets): Restoring an Attitude of Wonder and Worship by Warren W. Wiersbe
  4. Be Authentic (Genesis 25-50): Exhibiting Real Faith in the Real World by Warren Wiersbe
  5. Be Basic (Genesis 1-11): Believing the Simple Truth of God’s Word by Warren Wiersbe (2010, Finished 9/22/20)
  6. Be Concerned (Minor Prophets): Making a Difference in Your Lifetime by Warren Wiersbe
  7. Be Free (Galatians): Exchange Legalism for True Spirituality by Warren Wiersbe
  8. Be Obedient (Genesis 12-25): Learning the Secret of Living by Faith by Warren Wiersbe
  9. Be Resolute( Daniel): Determining to Go God’s Direction by Warren Wiersbe
  10. Be Reverent (Ezekiel): Bowing Before Our Awesome God by Warren Wiersbe
  11. Be Rich (Ephesians): Gaining the Things That Money Can’t Buy by Warren Wiersbe
  12. Be Victorious (Revelation): In Christ You Are an Overcomer by Warren Wiersbe (2008, Finished 9/7/20)
  13. Bedside Blessings by Charles R. Swindoll (not reviewed yet)
  14. Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengston
  15. Christian Study Guide for 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Susan Neal
  16. A Christmas Longing by Joni Eareckson Tada
  17. Daily Light on the Daily Path compiled by Samuel Bagster
  18. God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell (children’s)
  19. Good Tidings of Great Joy: A Collection of Christmas Sermons by Charles Spurgeon
  20. Green Leaf in Drought by Isobel Kuhn
  21. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  22. In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character by Jen Wilkin
  23. Joy to the World: Daily Readings for Advent by C. H. Spurgeon
  24. The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home by Denise Kiernan
  25. Loving My Actual Christmas: An Experiment in Relishing the Season by Alexandra Kuykendall
  26. None Like Him by Jen Wilkin
  27. Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done by Laura Vanderkam
  28. Panosian: A Story of God’s Gracious Providence by Chris Anderson
  29. True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal—and How Nearly Dying Saved my Life, by Kevin Sorbo
  30. When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner (children’s)
  31. The Women of Easter: Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene by Liz Curtis Higgs
  32. The Wonder Years: 40 Women over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength, a collection of essays compiled by Leslie Leyland Fields

Christian fiction:

  1. Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron
  2. Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker
  3. The Color of Hope by Kim Cash Tate
  4. Colorfull: Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us by Dorena Williamson (children’s)
  5. Discovering Jesus and His Love by Scott Leone
  6. Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney
  7. Five Miles South of Peculiar by Angela Hunt
  8. An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White
  9. If We Make It Home by Christina Suzann Nelson
  10. Interrupted: A Life Beyond Words by Rachel Coker
  11. The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke
  12. Monday’s Child by Linda Chaikin
  13. A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White
  14. The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White
  15. On the Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White
  16. A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M. White
  17. A Portrait of Marguerite by Kate Lloyd
  18. Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke
  19. Rain Song by Alice Wisler
  20. The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson
  21. Sandhill Dreams by Cara Putnam
  22. A Season to Dance by Patrica Beal
  23. The Shop Keepers by Nancy Moser
  24. A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White
  25. Termination Zone by Adam Blumer
  26. Under a Cloudless Sky by Chris Fabry
  27. A Very Bookish Christmas by Rebekah Jones, Sarah Holman, J. Grace Pennington, and Kate Willis
  28. A Very Bookish Thanksgiving by Kelsey Bryant, Rebekah Jones, Sarah Holman, J. Grace Pennington, and Amanda Tero
  29. Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin
  30. The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels

Other Fiction:

  1. Hurricane Season by Laura K. Denton
  2. The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
  3. Old Town in the Green Groves by Cynthia Rylant
  4. Stranger Planet by Nathan Pyle (a lot of fun but not reviewed)
  5. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

I read two that I chose not to review or name for various reasons. One dealt with an issue I just don’t want to get into on the blog. The other I didn’t really care for, but I sort-of know the author online and didn’t want to be negative about her book publicly.

I’m looking forward to starting a fresh new list next year!

(Sharing with Booknificent Thursday)