Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Best Reads of 2020!

2020 is finally coming to a close! It has been a year that I will never forget. I feel a sense of loss when reminiscing about this year, but I also feel a sense of gratitude. I learned to adapt to the many changes that took place this year and for that I am thankful. I am also thankful that God's timing is perfect and his blessings are all around me. I thank him for the true treasures in my family. I am grateful that we are healthy and together and while we missed out on a lot of things this year, we also gained unforgettable precious memories.

2020 also gave us extra time to slow down and READ! And I read a lot of books this year...83 to be exact! So what better way to end the year than with a countdown of my favorite books! I hope you see some of your own favorites on my list and feel free to share some other favorites in the comments!(Not all books were published in 2020)

 Here we go with book #10...

10. Live in Love by Lauren Akins

Who doesn't love Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins' love story!? This is a beautiful book about their lives together and the miraculous story of how they were blessed with three precious daughters.

9. Love You, Truly by Susan L. Tuttle

I stumbled upon this book when it was offered as a free e-book on Amazon and I'm so glad I did! It was such a refreshing surprise from a new-to-me author and it has stuck with me all year as one of my favorite reads of 2020.

8. On a Coastal Breeze by Suzanne Woods Fisher

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of all of Suzanne Woods Fisher's work. It amazes me that she can write books in many different time periods and she excels at all of them. This book is a part of the modern day Three Sisters Island series and it definitely does not disappoint.

7. Praying Women by Sheila Walsh

I absolutely loved this book! It is such a refreshing and inspirational book about prayer and one that you can read over and over again. Definitely a favorite for 2020!

6. Someone Like You by Karen Kingsbury

A favorites list is not complete without Karen Kingsbury! There's a reason why her books are called "life-changing fiction." Her books absolutely change lives.

5. Truly, Madly, Deeply by Karen Kingsbury

One more from my favorite author! This is Karen's newest release and one that is so relevant to our world today.

4. Like Flames in the Night by Connilyn Cossette

Connilyn Cossette is another one of my favorite authors. She has a special talent for really capturing the attention of her readers within the first few pages. This is an epic conclusion to her Cities of Refuge series.

3. It's Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst

This book stayed at the top of my favorites list for a good portion of 2020! It's such a good read to help with life's struggles and disappointments. 

2. A Life Once Dreamed by Rachel Fordham

If I could use one word to describe this book it would be this: special. This was the first book I have read by Rachel Fordham but it will not be my last. She has an extraordinary talent for telling a story that touches the heart.

And now it's time for the top honor!!! Drum roll please! My favorite read of 2020 is...

1. The Price of Valor by Susan May Warren

I can't even accurately describe how much I love Susan May Warren's books. The characters, the settings, the suspense, the romance...she always gives me all the feels! I also love that her books are full of inspiration and she shares God's Word in a way that everyone can relate to. (Fun Fact: Susan also received my top read honor last year for her amazing book, The Way of the Brave)

Thanks so much to all of these authors and their publishers for providing readers with clean, inspirational books to read and changing so many lives in the process! I was taught to love reading at a young age by my mother and I am so thankful. I am passing on this love to my children and I'm grateful that they love to read as much as I do! I hope you saw some of your favorites on this top 10 list! Let me know some of your other favorites in the comments! 

I hope everyone has a very blessed 2021 and as always, HAPPY READING!

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