Top 10 Tuesday — Best of 2020

29 Dec

Who knew that 2020 would be such a difficult year? It started out all bright and shiny with the birth of my first grandchild, then a landslide of a lump and a biopsy in February pointed to breast cancer. My surgery and the good news of no chemo or radiation was followed by 15 days to crush the curve. We all know where that went. While life became a bit more normal in June here in Georgia, this year has been filled with anxiety and grief. I am certainly ready for a brand new year!

While I am glad 2020 will soon be in the rearview mirror, I did read A LOT OF GREAT BOOKS this year. I couldn’t whittle the list down to 10, but I did confine it to an even dozen. And that was hard! As always my favorites span a variety of genres — historical, suspense, romance.  I hope you find a book you will love.

For more best of the best lists, head over to That Artsy Reader Girl.



Top Books of 2020


Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill

The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck

The Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Luesse

The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus by Jaime Jo Wright


The Last Year of The War by Susan Meissner

The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan

Mountain Laurel by Lori Benton

The Mulberry Leaf Whispers by Linda Thompson


The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

State of Lies by Siri Mitchell

Stay with Me by Becky Wade

The Stories That Bind Us by Susie Finkbeiner

21 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Best of 2020”

  1. Gail Johnson December 29, 2020 at 6:43 am #

    Great covers! I wish Georgia would start acting like a “southern” state. Brr! Already tired of winter. Thankfully, it won’t stay cold. But then again, this is 2020! Happy New Year!

    • rbclibrary December 29, 2020 at 2:36 pm #

      Warm here today — 65! But of course the year will go out with thunderstorms.

      • Gail Johnson December 29, 2020 at 5:24 pm #

        It was nice here today! Thank goodness! Glad your doing better. 🤗

      • rbclibrary December 30, 2020 at 7:07 am #


  2. stefani December 29, 2020 at 7:54 am #

    Well I haven’t read any of these and that’s the beauty of TTT, one finds new titles all the time! 😀 Happy reading!

  3. lydiaschoch December 29, 2020 at 9:09 am #

    The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus is such an eye-catching title.

    My post.

    • rbclibrary December 29, 2020 at 2:35 pm #

      And a great book!

  4. Barbara Harper December 29, 2020 at 9:43 am #

    So glad for the good outcome of the cancer surgery. I love that series from Roseanna M. White. I have State of Lies in my Kindle but haven’t read it yet. I hadn’t heard of the one by Susan Meissner, but I like her books, so I will probably read it at some point. I hope to have a top books of the year post up in the next day or two.

    • rbclibrary December 29, 2020 at 2:35 pm #

      Looking forward to reading your list!

  5. Lark December 29, 2020 at 1:27 pm #

    I just added like seven books from your favorites list to my next year’s TBR list! Can’t wait to read them. 😀

    • rbclibrary December 29, 2020 at 2:35 pm #

      You are welcome! 😉

  6. anovelglimpse December 29, 2020 at 1:52 pm #

    These all look very good!

  7. Susan December 29, 2020 at 3:09 pm #

    I’m sorry it’s been such a rough year, but I’m glad it’s had some bright spots, too. Finding great books to read definitely counts! Glad you enjoyed all these.

    Happy TTT!


  8. lmthomps December 29, 2020 at 4:50 pm #

    Beckie, congratulations on your great prognosis, and on your grandbaby!! Ours is two and SO much fun. We can all hope and pray for better things ahead–for us, and for them.
    THANK YOU so much for including me on this wonderful list of books and authors. It is such an honor and a thrill!

    • rbclibrary December 29, 2020 at 5:05 pm #

      Thanks so much! And it is such a great book. How could I not include it?

  9. Christopher | Plucked from the Stacks December 29, 2020 at 8:06 pm #

    So sorry that your year has had so many ups and downs, though it’s great to hear that you’re doing better! I’ve said it over and over: 2020 has been a rotten year, but at least the books have been good. I’m not familiar with The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus, but I’m adding it to my TBR pile. Love the sound of it.

    • rbclibrary December 30, 2020 at 7:06 am #

      Hope you get a chance to read it.

  10. Gretchen December 29, 2020 at 9:02 pm #

    2020 has been a challenging year for most, but it sounds like yours had some added challenges.

    Collision of Lies and The Fifth Avenue Story Society are also on my list of favorites this year. My list will be posted on my blog tomorrow.

    Happy New Year!

    • rbclibrary December 30, 2020 at 7:06 am #

      Happy New Year!

  11. Aj @ Read All The Things! January 1, 2021 at 8:38 pm #

    Congrats on the grandbaby, and I’m glad your surgery went well. Happy 2021!


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