Favorite Books of 2020 | pt. 1

Hey everyone! How are you? How’s 2021?

It’s January again – the time of year we bookish folks count up the total number of books we indulged in, squeal (or grumble) about our record-breaking lists (record low or record high?), and decide which were our favorites.

I read/listened to a grand total of 96 books in 2020.

I beat my record of 95 in 2019.

I read 24 non-fiction books. And, yes, that means I read 72 fiction books. Am I content with that ratio? Not at all. Non-fiction has never been my strong point, but I’m determined to keep improving.

However, I enjoyed this year immensely, learned a lot about choosing my reading materials wisely, and have high hopes that 2021 will be the best yet.

But let’s talk about my favorite books of 2020, shall we?

Because I’m all about making things easy, I’m only sharing my top eight here on the blog. So rest assured, there will be a part 2 later this month, and, oh, I’m excited. Because I’m not giving away my #1 favorite until then. No, this is going to be a countdown, of sorts, starting with #8.

And #8 is…

Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot. I know this is a classic Christian book and y’all probably know about it. Want a proper perspective on femininity? How to conduct yourself before and after marriage? What to expect from marriage? Then READ THIS! It should be on every woman’s bookshelf.

I read True Grit during a mid-year reading slump. Although I’m usually all over the spectrum as far as genre is concerned, for some reason I got into a bit of a rut. It was time to try something entirely new.

I never read Westerns.

I can count on ten fingers the amount of adult fiction I’ve read.

And so, having watched both adaptions of True Grit and liking the story, I decided to give it a go.

I’m glad I did.

On the surface, it’s different from what I usually read, but the story is classic epic adventure, flat-arc-character-changes-the-world-around her. Mattie, the protagonist, has such a great narrative voice, too. Therefore, this amazing story earned it’s place as #7 on my list.

Read it and watch the movie(s). Decide which is your favorite.

Middle grade! *confetti*

This is technically middle grade, but it’s a hard-hitting story, so I wouldn’t just hand over it to a 10 year old. Paris, our protagonist, knows nothing else than broken families and foster homes. Her one source of comfort is her protective big brother…until they’re separated and put in different homes.

The book really focuses on how it feels to be neglected, by both family and strangers. Paris’s emotional responses are so visceral. You can put yourself in her shoes. And when Paris learns to trust her new foster family and then there’s this twist that I won’t give away because spoilers…the bittersweet vibes are through the roof! *cries*

Without making it overly dark, or unrealistically sentimental, Nikki Grimes tells a wonderful, powerful story, packed into one little book. This hit all the right cords with me, so it gets spot #6 in my favorite books of 2020. Thank you thank you thank you to the friend who gifted me this book! (you know who you are πŸ˜‰

Oh, look! Another middle grade in slot #5! I hope you’ve heard of Millie Florence, and if you haven’t…go look her up. She’s brilliant. She published Honey Butter when she was thirteen. *gasp*

This is yet another short and sweet book. BUT. Just because it’s sweet doesn’t mean it hasn’t got some plot twists and revelations that will make you want to cry. This book has SUCH heart. Quirky characters? Check. Descriptions that make you just FEEL those hot Summer evenings? Check! If that doesn’t sell you…well, just go read it anyway.

And that’s it for this week.

How many books did you read in 2020?

Have joy!

Eliza

P.S. Just want to say a big THANK YOU! to everyone who has left a sweet comment on my introduction post. I am so thankful for you all and your friendship and support mean more than I can say.

6 thoughts on “Favorite Books of 2020 | pt. 1”

  1. Ooo, I don’t think I’ve read any of these *shocked gasp* haha I’ve read Passion & Purity by Elisabeth Elliot but I’ll have to check out Let Me Be A Woman now as well!! And well done you for nearly reading 100 books this year πŸ™Œ That’s stellar!! I’m totally with you on not reading enough non-fiction πŸ™ˆ I think my fatal reading flaw is that I don’t branch out enough haha I prefer old classics to newer reads but I’m slowly changing that a bit as I’ve found some really solid new Christian writers I’m loving (Livy Jarmusch & Victoria McCoombs are my two favourites right now 😍) Loved this post, Eliza, and I can’t wait for Part II!!! πŸ™‚

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    1. YES! If you read only one of the books on this list, make it Let Me Be a Woman! I need to re-read it cuz it was sooo good. Thank you!! I didn’t intend to, that’s for sure. I think my goal was 50? But I got to 50 in the middle of the year and, well, it’s not like I was just gonna stop reading right?! No can do. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Ah, non-fiction! My worst enemy up until 2020. I’m getting better I think. Glad I’m not the only one, though. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Ooh, I agree with you on wanting to find good contemporary Christian writers! Hoping to get a broader sense of what’s out there as far a “Christian fiction” goes this year, because I’m clueless at this point. I’m thinking about picking up some Randy Alcorn and Nadine Brandes in the near future. But now I’m going to hurry over to Amazon to look up those authors you mentioned!! *high five*

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  2. oOooOoOoOoOoO this was literally so inspiring. I’ve been meaning to read some Elisabeth Elliot for YEARS *pained expression* The way you talk about these is gorgeous and you just mighttt have convinced me to read some of these πŸ˜‰ (*whispers* good job)

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    1. YES go read some Elisabeth Elliot! Your life will change. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I’m so happy this was inspiring and I hope you read some of these because they’re AWEsome!!

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