Top 10 Tuesday — Books I Meant to Read in 2020

19 Jan

2020 was going to be the year of Beckie! For you Seinfeld fans, you know what I mean 😉 . I retired from my job (doing my husband’s books) late 2019 and only had some tax tasks to take care of in January. My first grandchild was born in December 2019. And I had all of the time in the world to travel, visit my family, and read, read, read! Boy, was I in for a big disappointment! The first two things on my agenda were thwarted by breast cancer and, of course, Covid. The third? You would think that not being able to go anywhere would have created great reading opportunities. For me, not so much. I ended up reading a lot less than in past years.

Did you read less or more last year?

Last year has set this year’s bar very low. I have few expectations of 2021. Plans are held loosely. It’s only January, and I have already had to cancel one trip to see my grand baby. 🙁  My Goodreads Reading Goal is set low as well. But there are many unread books staring at me from my shelves. I am determined that while the number of books may be low, the quality will be high. Included in books I want to read are those I missed last year, hence today’s Top 10 Tuesday list. All of these books deserve to be read — here’s hoping I do in 2021. For more books bloggers didn’t get to, check out That Artsy Reader Girl.

What books did you not get to last year?



Top Books I Meant to Read in 2020


Acceptable Risk by Lynette Eason

Active Defense by Lynette Eason

Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese


The Key to Love by Betsy  St. Amant

More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann Nelson

Point of Danger by Irene Hannon

The Promised Land by Elizabeth Musser


The Sowing Season by Katie Powner

Things We Didn’t Say by Amy Lynn Green

The White Rose Resists by Amanda Barratt


Which book should I read first?



17 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Books I Meant to Read in 2020”

  1. Carla January 19, 2021 at 7:49 am #

    Prayers that this year is a better one for you. It is so hard not be able to see you grandchild, especially when they are babies. I hope your health is improving as well. You have some great authors on your list.

    • rbclibrary January 19, 2021 at 8:22 am #

      Thankful for pictures and videos that we regularly receive — a plus of technology. My health is good. No treatments other than a daily pill. I am very grateful.

  2. susiesellnergmailcom January 19, 2021 at 8:18 am #

    I have most of these books and didn’t get to most of them either. However, I did read Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese and absolutely LOVED it! One reason is because the main characters are teachers, and I retired from teaching myself and was intrigued by that facet of the book. Secondly, maternal emotions are a huge part of this book, and I’m an adoptive mother and could relate. Thirdly, a fabulous future husband/father is featured in the book, and what woman wouldn’t be drawn to him. This book will grab you and satisfy something deep within your soul!

    • rbclibrary January 19, 2021 at 8:21 am #

      I was scheduled to review Before I Called You Mine right at the time of my mastectomy. I couldn’t handle much at that time. 😉 I need to make it a priority.

  3. pattymh2000 January 19, 2021 at 9:07 am #

    Before I Call You Mine was great! I have a red one of the others on this list, but it wasn’t my favorite so I’m not going to mention the name.

    • pattymh2000 January 19, 2021 at 9:07 am #

      ‘Have read’

    • rbclibrary January 20, 2021 at 7:13 am #

      Glad to hear it is good. It’s been staring at me for a while!

  4. Barbara Harper January 19, 2021 at 9:26 am #

    Oooh, I see an Elizabeth Musser book there that I haven’t read yet. I’ve loved her books that I have read. I worked on Write Better by Andrew Le Peau off and on but didn’t finish it last year. I am making more of a concerted effort this year. It’s good–but I have been keeping it on my desk instead of where I do most of my reading, so I just don’t pick it up often. Same with the Little House Companion by Annette Whipple. It’s bigger than the spaces I keep most books, so I have it on an end table by the couch. I’ve also wanted to get to Devotedly, a collection of letters between Jim and Elisabeth Elliot. But, a new year, a new round of reading! I purposefully didn’t ask for many books for Christmas because I have so many stacked up to read from gifts last year.

    • rbclibrary January 20, 2021 at 7:10 am #

      I’m listening to When I Close My Eyes by Musser now — another book I missed. I am really enjoying it. It seems a departure for her, but in a good way. There’s a bit of suspense. I can relate to the stacks of books! 😉

  5. lydiaschoch January 19, 2021 at 9:36 am #

    I hope you enjoy all of these books and that you will get to see your grand baby soon.

    My post.

    • rbclibrary January 20, 2021 at 7:10 am #


  6. Caroline | Bookends January 19, 2021 at 10:34 am #

    Great list, I hope you get to all these! Here’s my post if you’re interested:

    • rbclibrary January 20, 2021 at 7:11 am #

      Thanks for sharing!

  7. stefani January 19, 2021 at 1:31 pm #

    So many books so little time, am I right? Hope you manage to get around to these. Happy reading! My TTT

    • rbclibrary January 20, 2021 at 7:26 am #

      Yep! Thanks for sharing your link!

  8. Paula Shreckhise January 19, 2021 at 2:39 pm #

    I read all but one and that is on my shelf right now. It is Amy Green’s book. Hoping to read it soon.
    Sorry to hear about your surgery. Hope you heal fast. Have fun with that Grand baby.
    Some books I did not get to: Airborne by DiAnn Mills and The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey, The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke, The Tea Chest. Lots more lurking on my TBR.

    • rbclibrary January 20, 2021 at 7:12 am #

      Of your list, The Tea Chest is the only one I haven’t read. While all are good, The Medallion is outstanding. I highly recommend it!

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