Warning: this is a very long post.
Before I do anything, I want to wish my parents happy TWENTYTH anniversary! You guys are awesome. It’s been such a blessing to see your relationship grow and blossom over the years. ❤
Hey guys! I love reading and it is an awesome pass time! I decided to share all of the books that I’ve read so far in 2020 (hence the warning at the beginning of this post XD). This is a great list of books if you’re looking for some new ones to buy! 😉 I have a wide variety of taste!
Beyond Narnia, I hadn’t read a ton of fantasy books. But this year *grins* well, I discovered a whole new world (several, actually XD).
Kingdom’s Dawn (book one) by Chuck Black
Kingdom’s Hope (book two) by Chuck Black
Kingdom’s Edge (book three) by Chuck Black
Book of the King (book one) by Chris Fabry & Jerry B. Jenkins
The Sword of the Wormling (book two) by Chris Fabry & Jerry B. Jenkins
The Changeling (book three) by Chris Fabry & Jerry B. Jenkins
The Prince Warriors Series by Priscilla Shirer
Rose of Night by Hope Ann
Rose of Oath by Hope Ann
Song of the Sword by Hope Ann
The Green Ember (book one) by S.D Smith
Passages by Paul McCusker
The Lost Medallion by Bill Muir & Alex Kendrick
Bell mountain (book one) by Lee Duigon
On The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (book one) by Andrew Peterson
North! Or Be Eaten (book two) by Andrew Peterson
Monster in the Hallows (book three) by Andrew Peterson
The Warden and the Wolf King (book four) by Andrew Peterson
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Fellowship of the ring by JRR Tolkien
The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien
The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien
Favorite: Oh man, guys. This is SO hard. I loved so many of these books. Most of them are so well written and so though provoking. My favorite series was the Lord of the Rings. I fell in love with all of the characters. The storyline was amazing as well.
Least Favorite: Passages was pretty bad. In my humble opinion, it made a mockery of the bible and the people in it. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the Wormling series. I found Owen, the main character, very annoying and unrealistic. I was disappointed, because I’d really liked the Red Rock Mysteries series by the same authors.
Wow, I just realized that a lot of these of these are movie novelizations. XD I just loved the movies so much that I wanted to read the books, too. XD
Flywheel by Eric Wilson
Fireproof by Eric Wilson
Facing the Giants by Eric Wilson
October baby by Eric Wilson
War Room by Chris Fabry
Courageous by Randy Alcorn
God’s Not Dead 2 by Travis Thrasher
Do You Believe by Travis Thrasher
Indivisible by Travis Thrasher
A Robertson Family Christmas by Kay Robertson
Life Just Got Real by Sadie Robertson
Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Luroux
Phantom Writer (Red Rock Mysteries, book six) by Chris Fabry & Jerry B. Jenkins
Canyon Echoes (Red Rock Mysteries, book eight) by Chris Fabry & Jerry B. Jenkins
Instant Menace (Red Rock mysteries, book nine) by Chris Fabry & Jerry B. Jenkins
Escaping Darkness (Red Rock Mysteries, book ten) by Chris Fabry & Jerry B. Jenkins
Hollywood Holdup (Red Rock Mysteries, book twelve) by Chris Fabry & Jerry B. Jenkins
The Call by Macy Lee
Clash by Rick Bundschuh
Mom’s Night Out by Tricia Goyer
Metanoia by Rae Calkins
Toy Story (book one)
Despicable Me (book one)
Despicable Me (book two)
Favorite: Either Courageous or A Robertson Family Christmas. Both were really good stories with powerful points.
Least favorite: As far as storyline, Facing the Giants – it was a lot like the movie in that everything went perfectly for the characters as soon as they turned their lives around.
Judging only by writing style, the unrealistic dialog in Indivisible drove me CRAZY the entire book. *sighs* Otherwise, the storyline was okay. The same with Mom’s Night Out. I learned from that book that copying movie dialog makes a book sound really, really bad.
This is a category that a lot of teens don’t seem to love, but that I do. XD For most of my life, I rarely read anything besides biographies/autobiographies, so I have a deep love for this genre.
I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp
I Will Love You Forever by Cori Salchert
I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard
Unashamed by Lecrae
Hiding in the Light by Rifqa Bary
Blessed, Blessed…Blessed by Missy Robertson
The Reason by Lacey Sturm
The Good, the Bad and the Grace of God by Jep & Jessica Robertson
Gifted Hands by Ben Carson
Joni by Joni Eareckson Tada
Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
Passport Through Darkness by Kimberly L Smith
One Beautiful Dream by Jennifer Felwiler
As Soon As I Fell by Kay Bruner
Need You Now by Plumb
Favorite: Ah man, I loved so many books in this category, but I’d say that my favorite was either Hiding in the Light, I Will Love You Forever or Need You Now. All three were really powerful stories of faith and hope. (And very heartbreaking).
Least Favorite: Probably Gifted Hands, but I really enjoyed it as well.
Radiant by Priscilla Shirer
Love Does by Bob Goff (not exactly sure what category this one and the one below belong in XD)
A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson
Looking for Lovely by Annie Downs
Backwards Beauty by Jessie Minassian
Unashamed by Jessie Minassian
Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure
Perfectly Unique by Annie Downs
I Am Not Broken by Christina Demara
Not So Fast by Anne Kroeker
Forgiveness by Matthew West
Becoming Us by Beth and Jeff McCord
How to Write a Christian Novel by Allan Dale Dickinson
Debunking the Myths of Forgive and Forget by Kay Bruner
Favorite: Adorning the Dark was sooo good!
Least Favorite: How to Write a Christian Novel.
I enjoyed reading most of these! My favorite was the Aeneid. I didn’t care for the Metamorphosis.
The Iliad by Homer
The Odyssey by Homer
The Aeneid by Virgil
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
The Metamorphosis by Ovid
Greek Tragedies were…tragic to say the least. XD Although I did like them better than the couple comedies that I read. XD (Yep, I’m weird.)
Oedipus the King
Oedipus at Colonus
The Fall of Troy
Favorite: I really liked Trojan Women and Antigone.
Least favorite: I did not like Medea at all. There was so much death, revenge, hate and anger in it. I also really disliked The Frogs.
Again, this is another category that a lot of teens don’t love. But I enjoyed these books and I’d encourage you to read them as well. There’s a lot we can learn from the older writings of the past. I think on the whole, past writing has much more depth than the modern writing.
The Ecclesiastical History of the English People by Bede
Life of Charlemagne by Einhard
Life of Alfred by Asser
Life of St. Columba by St. Adomnan
The Confession of St. Patrick
Rule of St. Benedict
History of the Franks by Gregory of Tours
Book of Pastoral Rule by Pope Gregory I
The Voyage of Brendanm
History of the Kings of Britton by Geoffrey of Monmouth
The Histories by Herodotus
Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
Anabasis by Xenaphon
The Apology of Socrates by Plato
Favorite: The Peloponnesian War was very interesting. Long, but interesting. I also enjoyed the Anabasis and The Apology of Socrates.
Least Favorite: Rule of St. Benedict
These were all AMAAAZING!
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Fifteen by Amie Woleslagle
Beautifully Broken Together by Rae Calkins
I used to like historical fiction, but I don’t love it so much anymore because it’s hard to find stories that are accurate to history. 😦 Fourth of July Spies proved my point perfectly.
Beric The Briton by G.A. Henty
The 4th of July Spies by Stanley Harris
I am a person who finds health books very interesting. XD
Crepes by Carme Sevenster
Emergency Childbirth by Gregory J White
Migraine Headache Relief by Jerry L Rankin
Get Your Fats Straight by Sarah Pope
33 Ingredient Substitutions
100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake
Healing Foods by Naya Lizardo
The Art of Frugal by Kaylee Cole
Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel
Another 81 Money Saving Tips by Blake Dresden
Favorite: I found the Emergency Childbirth Guide very interesting, especially since I will likely be going into doula/midwifery work.
Least Favorite: Eh, all of them were pretty interesting in their own ways.
Phew! That was a lot of books! If you read to the end of this, CONGRATS. I send you virtual chocolate chip cookies.
Have you read any of the books that I mentioned? What are your favorite books? What is your favorite genre? What are your reading goals for 2021?