My Top Five Favorite Books of 2020

2020 will always be remembered as a strange year worldwide, but with it came lots of new-to-me books I got the chance to enjoy for the first time. Today, I’ll be sharing my top five favorite books of 2020, and why I recommend you check them out!

#5) The Thing With Feathers by McCall Hoyle

Genre: Contemporary YA | Content: Clean | Publisher: Blink | 2017 | Page Length: 285 | Read My Review Here

Having read and loved McCall Hoyle’s Meet the Sky back in 2018, I chose The Thing With Feathers as my first read of 2020. I’m so glad I was able to start off the year with such a cute read based in my home state that also includes epilepsy representation. If you’re a fan of beach towns, lighthouses, and movie nerd main characters, I highly recommending adding this to your TBR!

#4) The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

Genre: Contemporary YA | Content: PG-13 for language and references to drug/alcohol use | Publisher: Balzer + Bray | 2019 | Page Length: 440

Oh, look, another book set in North Carolina! 😀

In Sarah Dessen’s latest book, she explores a new setting: North Lake, based on a local tourist trap not far from my hometown. I absolutely loved how Dessen wrote about the feud between the locals of North Lake and the wealthy tourists who take over the lake during summertime and reclaim it as Lake North. I definitely recommend this as an upbeat summer read!

#3) Engaged in Trouble by Jenny B. Jones

Genre: Cozy Mystery | Content: PG for a few suggestive phrases | Publisher: Sweet Pea Productions (Indie) | 2017 | Page Length: 370

I can’t believe this is the only Jenny B. Jones book I read in 2020 (well, until I devoured two of her Christmas books in December!); however, I will definitely make up for that in 2021, as I’m going to read all six Katie Parker Productions books now that she’s released two more books! ❤

Engaged in Trouble was the first cozy mystery I’ve ever read, and thanks to Jenny B. Jones’s hilarious writing (she’s one of my all-time favorites!), it definitely won’t be my last. I had the hardest time putting this book down to be a responsible adult. I highly recommend it to fans of cozy mysteries and women’s fiction.

#2) If the Broom Fits by Sarah Sutton

Genre: Contemporary YA | Content: Clean | Publisher: Golden Crown, LLC (Indie) | 2020 | Page Length: 180

I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Sarah Sutton through Publish and Thrive and Instagram over the past year, and I couldn’t resist checking out her Halloween-themed romance back in October, as it centers around a teen girl who hates Halloween (which I may relate to XD). Y’all, this was one of the cutest books I’ve ever read! I’m sure I’ll be re-reading it this October. ❤

And now, drumroll please!

#1) Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon

Genre: YA Historical Fiction Retelling | Content: Clean | Publisher: Blink | 2018 | Page Length: 331

I am NOT a fan of historical fiction most of the time (even though I feel that’s a load of crap, as my favorite book from 2019 was also historical fiction XD), BUT this adorable retelling of Oliver Twist captured my heart and won’t let it go. I laughed. I cried. I fangirled. I had a dang good time. And months later, I still give a satisfied grin every time I see the cover and reminisce the good times we shared. ❤

And Now for the Honorable Mentions!

  • Me, Myself, and Bob by Phil Vischer – Christian Nonfiction
  • The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks -Reread | Contemporary Adult Romance
  • A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks – Reread (for the bazillionth time) | YA Historical Romance
  • Ablaze (Off the Itinerary, #3) by M. Liz Boyle = Beta Read | YA Christian Adventure
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) by Suzanne Collins – YA Dystopian
  • Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker – YA Christian Historical Fiction
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett – Reread | Adult Historical Fiction
  • How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski – Rearead | YA Contemporary Romance/Road Trip
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Reread | Historical Fiction

Yeah… maybe I lied about not liking historical fiction since most of the titles up here are historical fiction. XD

Talk to Me, Arrowheads!

What were your favorite reads of 2020? Tell me what you plan on reading this year! Drop your recommendations in the comments!

Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.

-Allyson 😀

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As an author and blogger, my goal is to teach writers that there is a way to write realistic, thought-provoking, redemptive Christian fiction that honors God while not sugarcoating the realities of the world. 

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