Fiction Books to Be Read in 2020
Do you have a list of books to be read? Steph Nickel does and she shares it with us here on HopeStreamRadio. Have you read any of these books?
Steph’s Fiction to Be Read in 2020
What with an Audible subscription and all, I’m consuming more books than ever. So far, this year, I’ve read 29 books. While some people read that many books in a month, that’s not the case with me. If I read 24 a year, I’m pleased.
Still, when the Legends Re-imagined Facebook page asked the question “Where do you go to find new books?” I answered, “On my physical and virtual bookshelves.”
Purchasing New Books
While I know I’ll be purchasing new books from some of my favourite authors in the next 13 months, my goal is to keep those purchases to a minimum and read / finish some of the books that have been sitting on my shelves for a while now, some for years.
I will likely keep my Audible subscription and listen to an additional 13 books before the end of 2020, but, because I don’t know which books I’ll listen to, I won’t include them in the list below.
The Thirteen Novels to be Read
I plan to read the following 13 novels. (Some of these will get put on hold if an aforementioned favourite author releases a book I simply must read.)
I will be finishing Emma St. Clair’s clean romance Returned to You. I was enjoying this story about a young couple who gets a second chance at love … That is, before I got distracted by other bright, shiny book covers.
As the Light Fades
I have recently begun Catherine West’s As the Light Fades. The blurb on Amazon begins this way, “Sometimes we’re placed in the strangest of circumstances for the most important reasons. After her carefully constructed life crumbles, Liz Carlisle finds herself back on Nantucket, picking up the pieces. With the family estate under renovations, the solitude she craves seems out of reach. Matthew Stone intends to steer clear of his new tenant. She’s carrying a load of baggage, but as long as she pays the rent, he’ll let her be. He’s got enough to deal with caring for his wayward niece, Mia.”
I enjoy Catherine West’s stories because she doesn’t avoid life’s hardships but offers hope despite the very real, very bleak topics she addresses in her books.
The Book of Yesterdays
You’ve heard me speak about it before, but I also intend to finish The Book of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson. This story is about a young woman who inherits a bookshop from her uncle, whom she hasn’t seen in years. Miranda has a mystery to solve to find out why he was never in touch after his falling out with her mother.
Through no fault of the author’s, I’ve simply been distracted by other books. Plus, I have this one in paperback. So, I don’t have it with me when I’m out and about, like I do the Kindle app on my phone. Plus, it’s trickier to read a physical book in bed after my hubby has gone to sleep, which is often where I read a chapter of an ebook before drifting off myself.
Ten More Novels
That leaves ten novels to put on the list. How to choose? How to choose?
I intend to read E. C. Farrell’s The Stolen Shifter. This paranormal YA book is the first in a series. So, I may be heading down that rabbit hole, but we’ll see.
I flew through Exile: Book 1 in the Oneness Cycle by Rachel Starr Thomson a second time while on holidays. I plan to read at least one more book in this Christian fantasy series in the coming year. Book 2 is simply called Hive.
The Billionaire’s Secret Heir
Emma St. Clair’s The Billionaire’s Secret Heir has been on my To Be Read pile far too long. St. Clair writes clean romance but also writes YA paranormal under a different pen name. She only has herself to blame that I haven’t kept up. <grin>
I’d like to finish Sara Davison’s The End Begins and read Janet Sketchley’s Hidden Secrets: A Green Dory Inn Mystery. I’ve met both these women in person. That’s one of my problems. I have too many author friends. Like that’s even possible!
That leaves five more slots. Let’s see. Maybe I’ll curl up with a good book in the evenings instead of watching TV. And if I do, I just may grab one of the following volumes: Emissary, a fantasy by Thomas Locke; Maternity Leave, a “hilarious, poignant, almost painfully accurate look at the first few months of motherhood” by Julie Halpern; Tricia Goyer’s historical fiction novel Songbird Under a German Moon; Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon, author of the Mitford series, which I quite enjoyed; and finally, Breach of Trust, a mystery by DiAnn Mills.
The Reading List is Subject to Change
Of course, as I mentioned, this list is subject to change. I know there are books launching in the next 13 months that will end up on the top of my To Be Read pile, but at least I have a plan.
Next week, I will list the 13 nonfiction books I intend to read before the end of next year.
How about you? What’s on your To Be Read pile?
Stephanie is a freelance writer and a contributor to our Christian internet radio station, HopeStreamRadio.
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