A Year In Books 2020

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I enjoy reading and sharing what I read, but I’m not the best at book reviews for blog posts, so I thought I would provide my reading list for the year and maybe a short description about each one. I will also rate them between 1-5 cups of tea ☕. 5 being the best of course. I listed them in alphabetical order. I did enjoy most of the books that I read, so most of them are at the top of the range. I hope you enjoy the list and maybe find a book or two that sounds interesting. 44 books in total. Not too bad really.

  • A Doctor in the House: My Life With Ben Carson by Candy Carson ☕☕☕☕☕

This is a biography of Ben Carson (1951-) written by his wife, Candy. It follows the life of Ben & Candy Carson as they met, got married and had children. All this while Ben went to medical school, became a pediatric neurosurgeon, retirement, writing books, and deciding to run for president. This book ends at his decision to run for president.

  • A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall ☕☕☕☕☕

This is a wonderful biography of the author’s husband Peter Marshall (1904-1949), written by his wife, Catherine. He was from Scotland and immigrated to the U.S. He became a preacher and also the Senate chaplain. The story is full of what God did in the life of this man and his wife. There are also a few of his sermons and prayers at the back of the book.

  • A Woman Named Jackie by C David Heymann ☕☕☕

This book follows the life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994). I have read a couple of other books about the Kennedys. I appreciate that it covered her life more in depth after the death of JFK. However, it wasn’t my favorite biography.

  • Coffee and Corpses by Maisy Marple ☕☕☕☕☕

This is a Christian cozy mystery. I really enjoyed this story about a woman with dreams, who becomes a suspect in a murder and starts investigating the crime.

  • Ecclesiastes: Solomon After He Dumbed Himself Down by Floyd Allen ☕☕☕☕☕

This book walks through Ecclesiastes a chapter at a time. It discussed Solomon’s state of mind. It is a workbook that we are using for Sunday University (what our church calls our Sunday school). Our teacher wrote it. I like his style of writing. It’s easy to understand. We are still working on it on Sundays, but I have finished going throught the book personally.

  • Finding I Am by Lysa Terkeurst ☕☕☕☕☕

This book talks about His heart for us and how He is the answer to everything in our life.

  • Freedom Fighter: The Story of William Wilberforce by Betty Steele Everett ☕☕☕☕☕

This is a short book about William Wilberforce (1759-1833), who legistlatively fought for the abolition of slavery in England. He was in the House of Commons for 45 years. He simply kept introducing bills for the abolition of slavery every year. It took most of the 45 years to get the first bill in relation to that passed. And 4 days before he died he got the news that the complete abolition bill went through.

  • Freedom From Emotional Eating by Barb Raveling ☕☕☕☕☕

This book has been so important in showing me how to work through my feelings and teaching me to renew my mind. God has shown me so much through her books and I have learned a great deal.

  • Freedom From Procrastination by Barb Raveling ☕☕☕☕☕

This book teaches how to overcome procrastination by renewing the mind. A valuable resouce.

  • From Faith to Faith by Kenneth & Gloria Copeland ☕☕☕☕☕

This is a 365 day devotional.

  • Get To The Heart: My Story by Barbara Mandrell with George Vecsey ☕☕☕☕☕

This is an autobiography of Barbara Mandrell (1948-). It encompasses her career as a country music singer and overcoming major injuries sustained in a car accident (1984). It also includes her faith in God. She was active in country music 1959-2000. She also did a variety show in the early 1980’s and has done a few other acting projects. She has won many awards and has been inducted into more than one hall of fame. The copy I read had an extra chapter to include 1991, but that is where this book stops in her life. But it was turned into a tv movie in 1997, which I have not seen.

  • Going Rogue by Sarah Palin ☕☕☕☕☕

This is an autobiography of Sarah Palin (1964-), who has held several public offices, including 9th governor of Alaska 2006-2009. She also ran for VP in 2008 alongside John McCain. This book overall made me want to visit Alaska. She described it so beautifully. Yes there is a lot of coverage of politics/campaigning, considering that she did run for many offices. However it also covered her family life and her feelings/beliefs, etc, so that we really get a full picture of her and not just the political side of a her.

  • Haywire by Brooke Hayward ☕☕☕☕☕

This was a well written book about the Hayward family, as told by the oldest child. Brooke was an actress from 1961-1993. Her father Lelan Hayward was an agent/producer. Her mother was Margaret Sullavan was also an actress from 1929-1960. She also has a younger brother & sister. The book follows this family through all of the family ups and downs as they happened around Hollywood/Broadway.

  • I Deserve A Donut by Barb Raveling ☕☕☕☕☕

This is the book version of her app of the same name. It is a valuable resource to me, both in book form and on the app. It is has helped me so much, and not just with food issues. In it I turn to the lie or emotion that I’m dealing with at the time, there are questions I can ask myself, helpful tips, & Scripture to read and pray through. I use it often. Though I do use the app more, because it is more handy, being on my phone and all.

  • I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp with David Thomas ☕☕☕☕☕

Jeremy Camp (1978-) is one of my favorite musical artists. When I came back to the Lord about 15 yrs ago, God spoke to me through his music. Then I learned Jeremy’s story. During this quarentine, I have seen the movie and read the book. The movie was also good, but there is so much more detail in the book. God has used this story to reignite some parts of my life.

  • Landing It: My Life On And Off the Ice by Scott Hamilton with Lorenzo Benet ☕☕☕☕☕

This is an autobiography of the famous ice skater Scott Hamilton (1958-). He won a gold medal in the 1984 olympics and 4 gold medals in world championships 1981-1984. He turned professional after that, and toured with the Ice Capades for a while. Then he co-founded, co-produced, and performed in Stars on Ice. He retired from touring in 2001. I have always enjoyed watching him skate. I had never heard his story before. I am definately glad I read this book

  • LOL Love Others Loudly by Mark McCuen ☕☕☕☕☕

This is an amazing book about the power of God’s agape love. I enjoyed every word. Though I do know the author and may be a bit partial on this one. I am so excited that he got this book published. If you are interested, head on over to http://www.lol-ministries.com and get a copy.

  • March Street Murder by Estelle Richards ☕☕☕☕☕

This is a short cozy mystery. A waitress gets involved in a murder investigation.

  • Murder In The Manor by Fiona Grace ☕☕☕☕☕

This is a cozy mystery. A divorcee decides to move to England on what seems like a whim and ends up the suspect in a murder, which she starts investigating.

  • Murder, She Wrote: A Time For Murder by Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land ☕☕☕☕☕

This is the 50th book in the series. I remember watching this show on tv when I was growing up. That is when I really started enjoying mysteries. I don’t believe I ever read one of the books, but I throroughly enjoyed it. I’m glad I ran across this book. Even though it was a new story, it was nostalgic to me.

  • One Man Tango by Anthony Quinn with Daniel Paisner ☕☕☕☕

This is an autobiography of the actor Anthony Quinn (1915-2001). He acted from 1936-2001. I enjoyed the way this book was written. It is told from a point of view of telling his memories as he takes a bikeride through the countryside.

  • Organized for Christmas Wishes by Ritter Ames ☕☕☕☕☕

This was a cute little Christmas story (novelette) and a quick read. There is a mystery involved, but it’s a little more suttle and not what I expected. I really enjoyed it though.

  • Own Your Assignment by Bethany Hicks ☕☕☕☕☕

This is a book about learning to be a spriritual mother and, as the title says, owning the assignment you have been given.

  • Poison In Paddington by Samantha Silver ☕☕☕☕☕

This book is a cozy mystery about a woman who relocates from the United States to London. She meets a French private investigator and they end up working together to solve a mystery.

  • Polish Cookery by Marja Ochorowicz-Monatowa ☕☕☕☕

I got this cookbook after my husband went on a Mission trip to Poland before we got married 13 years ago. I read through and found some recipes that I would like to try. There are definately some interesting recipes. The only thing I disliked was that not all the recipes were very easy to follow. Some recipes didn’t give cooking times. Some gave ingredients that it doesn’t say how to use. It seems to be a more complicated cookbook than I’m used to. But I am improvising a bit and getting some ideas. I probably won’t make all the recipes, but I enjoyed reading through it.

  • Rally: A Personal Growth Bible Study by Barb Raveling ☕☕☕☕☕

This, in my opinion, is a continuation of The Renewing of the Mind Project. It taught me more on how to renew my mind. Both books give practical steps on the topic.

  • Relentless by John Bevere ☕☕☕☕☕

This book is about how to be relentless in the ways of God and what He is calling us to do. We read this as part of our women’s Bible study group at church.

  • Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado ☕☕☕☕☕

This book “delves into the meaning of Jesus’ last hours on the cross.” Not only does it dicuss it from Jesus’ point of view, but also from the points of view of those around Him. There is so much in this book, it would be hard to list it all. But it was very powerful and meaningful.

  • Tall Men and Strangers by Lizzie Lewis ☕☕☕☕

This is a cozy mystery romance. I wasn’t sure how I would like it, because I’m not much for romance novels, but I enjoy a good mystery. I didn’t give it 5 cups, because it was a little slow at getting started. It took a while to figure out what the mystery was going to be. Though I enjoyed the story. I have started reading the next book in the series.

  • Taste For Truth by Barb Raveling ☕☕☕☕☕

This is a book about learning to renew my mind in order to help me eat more healthy and do things God’s way. This has been such a valuable resource in teaching me to renew my mind.

  • The Ananias Precedent by Floyd Allen ☕☕☕☕☕

This book is based on the Story in the Bible about Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 and what might have happened, if Peter was arrested in the scenario in more modern times.

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis ☕☕☕☕☕

This is the 7 book collection of the stories from Narnia. Three of them were made into movies. The books are so much better than the movies, of course. I can’t believe they haven’t made the other 4 into movies yet.

  • The Eleventh Hour by Anina Collins ☕☕☕☕☕

This is a cozy mystery, where a reporter gets caught up in a murder investigation and helps solve the crime.

  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien ☕☕☕☕☕

This is the first book of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Or the first 2 of 6, depending on how you look at it. There are actually 6 books, but each actual book contains 2 books. That is enough trivia. This series of books is hard to put down.

  • The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers ☕☕☕☕☕

This book is a fictional story that looks into the lives of an African American family (1753-1994). It starts out when one boy was brought over from Africa and on through the generations. It shows what it was and is like to be an African American in America, at least up until 1994. It was eye opening. Some I was already aware of, however I learned some things. There are 6 different stories as it narrates its way throught the generations. The only thing I didn’t like was that by the end of each story I wanted to know more about what happened next. I think there could have been an entire book about each of the 6 stories. It was a well written book though.

  • The Grace Awakening by Charles Swindoll ☕☕☕☕☕

Great read. Very thought provoking. Discusses how to live in grace towards others and ourselves, as well as grace being what saves us.

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ☕☕☕☕☕

This is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings. Enjoyed every word. Never wanted to put the book down.

  • The Missing Piece by Lee Ezell ☕☕☕☕☕

This book is the authors story about placing her child for adoption at birth and her life surrounding that event. While reading this story, I remembered my own story of doing the same and how God has worked in my life.

  • The Power of the Tongue by Floyd Allen “The Bible Guy”☕☕☕☕☕

This book was written by our Sunday University professor. It is a great in depth study on the power of the tongue.

  • The Renewing of the Mind Project by Barb Raveling ☕☕☕☕☕

This book has taught me to renew my mind and that I can really use it for any issue, not just weight loss.

  • The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien ☕☕☕☕☕

This is the 3rd book of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Such a great ending. I appreciate the closure that is at the end of the story. I don’t feel like I’m left wondering about what happened to everyone. I also read the appendices. It was like having bonus features. I usually don’t read those, but I really enjoyed the history they provided.

  • The Star Wars Trilogy by George Lucas, Donald Glut, James Kahn ☕☕☕☕

This book contained parts IV, V, VI. I really enjoyed this book. Though I will say that for this particular fandom, I enjoy the movies better.

  • The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien ☕☕☕☕☕

This is the 2nd book of Lord of the Rings. Again, it was a great book that I didn’t want to put down.

  • Winning Balance by Shawn Johnson ☕☕☕☕☕

This is about the Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson (1992-). She was on the national team 2004-2008 & 2011-2012. She retired from gymnastics in June 2012. She won 1 gold and 3 silvers at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She won 3 golds at the world championships 2007. As well as many others in the Pan American Games and the American Cup. She was also on Dancing with the Stars in 2009 (1st place) & 2012 (2nd place). She does not consider this a true autobiography, as she ends each chapter with a section on the lessons she has learned, but I enjoyed learning about her life.

11 thoughts on “A Year In Books 2020

  1. If I remember right, Star Wars was not actually based on books. George Lucas had already outlined the story for the movie when he and a ghost writer wrote the book. The books for the later movies were also written as movie novelizations based on the existing screenplays.

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