Books Read in 2020 Part 1

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2020 wasn’t a very good year. I’m sure most of you would agree with that for a variety of reasons. My reading (and blogging) suffered quite a bit during the year as the stress kept me from being able concentrate. I’ve heard that’s pretty common and I did find ways to relax with other creative hobbies.

The questions is did I reach my annual goal of 50 books…?



💫Not A Star

Example: ⭐⭐⭐💫💫 = a 3 Star Book

The Books:

  1. The Tailor of Gloucester ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 – A children’s classic, and a very sweet tale of a Tailor who gets help from an unexpected place. However, a little long and wordy for a bedtime read.
  2. Jasmine Green Rescues a Piglet Called Truffle ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – We loved this sweet story about a girl who rescues the runt pig of a litter and nurses it back to health. A lot of good vocabulary from farming and veterinary medicine makes the book educational too.
  3. Firefly: The Unification War Part 1 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 – Good artwork, but a convoluted plot that ultimately is fairly forgettable.
  4. Overheated ⭐💫💫💫💫 – A booklet my Grandmother gave me to read. More of a philosophical essay on how Christians should approach climate change and any divisiveness it causes.
  5. Berenstain Bears Dino Dig ⭐⭐⭐💫💫 – A Christmas gift for our future paleontologist. Not a very educational book about dinos’ or a very good Berenstain Bears story either. We read it once shelved it and haven’t picked it up again.
  6. One Dark Throne ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- This series is such a good, twisty, fun fantasy series. One Dark Throne picks up from the cliff-hanger ending in the first book and runs away with the story.
  7. Two Dark Reigns ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- Wow, it just keeps getting better. The story continues to excite, thrill and surprise. I really got attached to the characters and the world building.
  8. Neversea (my review) ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫- I’ve got mixed emotions about this one. I loved the idea of a Little Mermaid/ Peter Pan mash up, but the author have since rebranded it and removed the fairy tale references.
  9. Colorless ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- Loved it and I want more of this intriguing world. Yet it seems that this book and it’s world have been abandoned by their author. I feel like there is so much more depth that could be explored about the Magicians, the Iconoclasts, and those that can move through paintings to the realm of the gods.
  10. Conan Broadsword Legacy: 3 short stories ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫- Conan is cheesy pretty much anyway you cut it. These short stories give you a view into the larger world of Conan the King. They are full of danger and magic and don’t take themselves too seriously.
  11. Fangs and Fennel⭐⭐⭐⭐💫- I openly admit that urban fantasy is not my favorite subgenre, but these Venom books have been entertaining. I think the little bit of Greek mythology thrown in and the tongue and cheek humor help make them more enjoyable.
  12. Onion John ⭐⭐⭐💫💫 – As I’m reading through the Newbery Award books I’m finding that not every book resonates with me. Onion John is certainly one of those. The story made me feel a little uneasy, but maybe it was meant to. A story of good intentions going wrong, and misunderstanding contentment for poverty.
  13. Five Dark Fates ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- Wow! I know… I know. I used that on the previous book in the series. This series kept up the intensity and the twist kept coming. A very well written fantasy series.
  14. The Last Unicorn ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- I loved it, but I never quiet understood what this book was supposed to be. Was it fantasy? Fairy Tale? Satire? Humor? What ever it was the book really seemed self-aware. More than anything I think this book is about fantasy and fairy troupes and what a good writer can do with them.
  15. Rosie Stronger then Steel ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- A lovely children’s picture book about women’s contributions to WWII. Sweet pictures and a lot of good information make this a great book to introduce this historical concept.
  16. Tom Sawyer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Who doesn’t love Tom Sawyer? The nine year old and I read this aloud for bedtimes over several months. She was constantly wanting to play Tom & Huck during that time. The reason it’s a classic is because it’s easy to get swept away in the story.
  17. Tide (my review) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- A fun fantasy adventure story. Tide takes you into a fantasy world both familiar and new. A strong determined heroine adds to the delight.
  18. Feast of Phantoms ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- I really need to write a full review on this book! A new steampunk/supernatural adventure from one of my favorite authors Kat Ross. A book I finished with a cry of “More! More!” A very promising start to a new world, new magic system and so many mysteries to be unveiled.
  19. 39 Clues #1: Mazes of Bones ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫- Another bedtime read aloud. A interesting book, but not a very good read aloud. The mystery of the 39 Clues and what they lead to is sprinkled with history and geography, which I thought was great for the 10 year old.
  20. Tomo #1: I Was an Eight Grade Ninja ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – A Christian manga/graphic novel series. After reading the first one the 10 year old wanted the rest of the series immediately. Great art for a kids manga, I wish there were more books like this.
  21. Buried in Angst ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- Buried in Angst shows the fallout from the events in Angst. Which answered a very intriguing question; When the story is over and the hero’s win, and the enemy is banished what then? Surely world shattering events have consequences. Author David J. Pedersen does a great job of exploring that idea in this book.

This is part 1 of 2 of my reading wrap up for 2020. Come back to see if I reached my goal of 50 books for the year.

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