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My Top 10 Favorite Reads of 2020

So I just LOVE making a list of my top 10 favorite reads every year. These books were NOT all published this year -- they were published in any year of days gone by. But 2019 is when I personally got to read them.

And these 10 books in particular put an extra sparkle in my eye (and made my heart pitter-patter a little faster) as I read them...

In no particular order, my top 10 favorite picks...

The End of the Days by Edward Rhodes
These are the times in which we truly need biblical knowledge, as we prepare ourselves for the imminent Rapture. I personally learned SO MUCH about the Rapture, the Tribulation, and the rest of the end times.
{Read my full review here.}

Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Everything about Myrtle's life is all proper and quite British. But her brain is simply teeming with adventure and crime-solving. While she does everything that a Lady-in-training is supposed to do, and does elegantly well for her dear father's sake, she also does plenty that a Lady shouldn't be caught dead doing. Like spying on the neighbors via telescope.
{Read my full review here.}

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
Loved this ghostly adventure. It felt daring to read. Cassidy Blake is one of my new favorite fictional characters. I'd follow her anywhere.
{Read my full review here.}

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Another incredible journey from Jules Verne, filled with adventure, excitement, and imagination! This is a FUN classic, one that I think most people would like. A wager is placed. Phileas Fogg will traverse the globe in 80 days.. So he says. With trusty Passepartout at his side, they will race for all they're worth.
{Read my full review here.}

Gingerbread Treasures by Rebekah Jones
From the very first page, this story made me smile. It starts exactly how every good Sherlock Holmes story starts. A missive is received, conveying odd circumstances that only our protagonist can solve. In this case, that's Oliver Breckenridge, who shares his country with The Great Detective himself. "It all started five years ago with the gingerbread men..."
{Read my full review here.}

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
A wonderful, delightful story! Such whimsy, such humor! For an old classic book, this one can still be loved by modern young readers. A timeless childhood favorite.
{Read my full review here.}

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer has such a wonderful scope to her imagination! I was swept away to the land of Hearts instantly, each time I picked up this book. The imagery is vibrant, the characters unforgettable.
{Read my full review here.}

Nowhere to be Found by Emily Thomas
The story starts with Anne, mother of two (widowed), inheriting her aunt's Victorian house. The only stipulation? She must transform the house into a library for the Blue Hill community. (What perfection!)
{Read my full review here.}

Follow the Dawn by Rachelle Rea Cobb
Many times while reading 'Follow the Dawn', I felt tears overwhelming my eyes, as I felt Anna's pains and her joys; when, in the little moments, she would find her safety and shelter, I felt it too, like I was "home". But what a wonderful storyteller that Rachelle Rea Cobb is, to make me discover and experience the entire gamut of emotions while reading her novel.
{Read my full review here.}

An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti
Katie's Christmas is being ruined by thoughts of inferiority, and yet, she's experiencing the happiest holiday season ever, because the Binder clan is over-the-top warm and loving -- no matter whether she answers "yes" or "no" to Micah's proposal. The whole family deeply cares for Katie, and they've barely just met her! Yet she's convinced it must be a trick... because how could it be real?
{Read my full review here.}

Previous years of top favorite books:

2019 // 2018 // 2017 // 2016 // 2015 // 2014 // 2013 // 2012 // 2011 // 2010

So, dear reader, what are your favorite books that you got to read in 2020?

If you've posted your 2020 favorites list, drop your link in the comments so we can all see it!


  1. How fun! We both have Follow the Dawn on our list!

  2. I enjoy seeing others' favorite book lists of the year!

  3. Heartless has been on my list for the longest time!! And I love your blog - it's so adorable :)

  4. I so enjoyed Around the World in 80 Days! We listened to it years ago, when I was homeschooling our child, Robin. There's an audiobook read by Jim Dale—and you can't go wrong with Jim Dale!

    I'm also fond of Alice in Wonderland, although it is decades since I read it.

  5. Heartless is one my all-time favorites! I hated the ending, but it was so perfect for the story. Premeditated Myrtle is on my TBR. :)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

  6. I love that there are a couple classics on this list :) And Heartless has been on my TBR for the longest time.

    -Megan Bookstacks & Golden Moms