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Jessica’s Top 10 of 2020

 

Well guys, it is December 31st and WE MADE IT!  We have just hours until 2020 is over!!!   Today we are ending the year with Jessica’s Top 10 of 2020:

 

10. The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea
This is my first read by Donlea and the second in a series that can be read as standalone books.  I REALLY enjoyed this one and I had issues with thrillers this year.  My review is here.

9.  The Companion by Katie Alender
This is one to read if you enjoy YA and Horror! Like The Suicide House, this one pulls you in from the very first line!  My double review with my friend Yami from A Bookworm’s Thoughts is here.

 

8. Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli
I absolutely adore Simon and the gang in this book series. Albertalli did not have to write this book-end of the series, but she did for the fans. And we fans say THANK YOU!  My review is here.

7. Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
This is one that should not have worked for me with my issues with unreliable narrators but I absolutely LOVED it! I read it in 5 days, which for me is great with working full time and running this site (which is like an unpaid part time job that I love!) My review is here.

6. Remember by Shervin Jamali
This is a romance that transcends time/religion and takes you down a path you would never expect to go down! Bravo!  My review is here.

5. When by Victoria Laurie
A YA with a teen who has a very unique gift!  What would you do if you had the gift that Maddie does?  What is her gift? You can see my review here to find out.

4. Inside Voices by Sarah Davis
This is one that I was not expecting to enjoy as much as I did. It has a bit of everything and is my first book that takes place in Alaska. My review is here.

3.  My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
This one was THE THRILLER from me for 2020 and  also a debut novel! I cannot wait to see what else Downing comes up with! A couple who has been married for 15 years decides to spice up their marriage… with…. Murder?!?!?!?! Bring it on!  My review is here.

2.  I Love You Too, Daddy by Shervin Jamali
2020 introduced me to Shervin Jamali and he made my Top 10 twice this year! I honestly thought nothing would beat this one out for my number one read.  This is one that just needs to be read and had a lot of personal meaning for me since I lost my father at the age of 19, so it brought out lots of emotions for me. My review is here.

 

And my Top Read for 2020 is…………

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

In a year of chaos and race issues, for me this one is fitting that it is my top read of the year.  This is exactly what I needed for my 2020.  Long Way Down is a very powerful novel that I listened to the audiobook and it MUST be read it that way! I could say more, but just check out my review here. I will definitely be reading more from Jason Reynolds in the future.

Have you read any of these books? If so what did you think? Have you added any of these to your TBR?  Let us know! 

Kim’s Top 10 of 2020

Well… 2020 is FINALLY winding down and today we share Kim’s Top 10 of 2020!  These are in no particular order, since it becomes impossible for her to rank them! Jessica’s Top 10 will be revealed tomorrow:

The Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King
I loved this whole series! The characters were intriguing and the story complete and engaging! My review is
here.

Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour
A unique story that kept me enraptured and questioning all the way through! My review is here.

Devil’s Night by Curtis M. Lawson
The perfect horror anthology with something for everyone! My review is
here.

In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody
An easy to read story with a relatable lesson and a gorgeous cover! My video review is here.

Munich by Robert Harris
A nitty gritty micro look at history that could have been dull, but wasn’t in the least! My review is here.

Star Trek Memories by William Shatner
An insider look at one of the greatest sci-fi franchises in history! My video review is here.

Dark Halls by Jeff Menapace
A scary horror story that gave me crazy shivers! My review has not posted yet, but will next year. We just ran out of time for this year.

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The Same Deep Water As You by Chad Lutzke
An out of my comfort zone story that stuck in my brain and made me feel all kinds of things! My review is here.

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
A classic story that has stood the test of time! My review is here.

Atonement by Ian McEwan
A bittersweet story of self reflection and regret that kept me turning pages till the very end! My review and movie comparision is here.

Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think?  Are any of these on your TBR? -Kim (KSF)

 

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Jessica’s Top 10 of 2019

Goodbye 2019 and hello to a new decade!  This year has gone by quickly, especially the last few months. Today I will share my Top 10 of 2019, and apparently YA dominated my list this year. Also, Katherine Center and Neal Shusterman have made my Top 10 two years in a row now!

Kim and I had one book that made both of our lists. You will have to see what her Top 10 is tomorrow to see what made both lists!

Here are my picks for Top 10 in order:

10. Birthday by Meredith Russo

Written by a transgender author, Birthday shows us what someone who is transgender experiences. Russo’s novels are important stories that those who are transgender may need and will help those of us who are not transgender understand what it is like. My review for Birthday is here.

9. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

I did not expect to love this one as much as I did! The audiobook had different narrators for each character, which helped. I also did not figure the ending out!  The sequel One of Us is Next comes out January 7, 2020 and there is also a tv show in the works, which will be Must See TV for me! My review for One of Us is Lying is here.

8. Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Center’s husband is a volunteer firefighter and she got many stories from him, and Things You Save in a Fire is so realistic! Center’s protagonist is a female fire fighter which I really loved!  Center is fast becoming a new favorite author and I can’t wait to see what she has coming next!  My review for Things You Save in a Fire is here.

7.  Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

If Everything, Everything and The Fault in Our Stars got together and had a baby then it would result in Five Feet Apart. I loved so much about this novel! I still have yet to see the movie, but WILL soon! And again… This cover is just gorgeous!  My review for Five Feet Apart is here.

6.  Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum

A powerful YA novel that dealt with the aftermath of 9/11 and how it still affects us 15 years later. This is yet another one that everyone should read! My review for Hope and Other Punch Lines is here.

5.  They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I absolutely loved this book for its unique concept. *Spoiler Alert* we know what is going to happen in this novel from the title, but it is not about the end of Mateo and Rufus’ lives, it is the journey they go on for their final day. This one makes you think, would you want to know that this day is your last? My review for They Both Die at the End is here.

4.  Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Neal Shusterman is an author we both love at Jessica’s Reading Room and Dry was no exception!  This is yet another novel that leaves you thinking about it long after you have finished reading it. My review for Dry is here.

3.  The Ghostly Father by Sue Barnard

I have always been a fan of Romeo and Juliet, so this retelling  that is part prequel and also part sequel was just up my alley!  I loved everything about it and loved Barnard’s unique take on the story!  My review for The Ghostly Father is here.

2.  Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Kindred was a novel I came across looking for First Line Friday novels. I was concerned if it aged well as some novels don’t ‘age well’, but wow, this one is superb! Kindred is a must read for everyone!  In fact, it came very close to my number one read of 2019.  My review for Kindred is here.

 

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1.  The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain!!!

The Dream Daughter has earned its spot as my favorite book…EVER. Its is absolute perfection for me!  It went in a direction I was not expecting, and was a little leery about at first, but OMG, I loved everything about it! This was my first read by Chamberlain and it will not be my last!  My review for The Dream Daughter is here.


Have you read any of these books, and if so what did you think of them? Kim’s Top 10 of 2019 will post tomorrow.  She decided on her Top 10 a little differently from they way I chose mine. Stay tuned to see what books she loved and what one book we had in common for our Top 10!

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