My Year in Reading:
2020 was a strange year for all of us in many ways. Since I’ve always been an avid reader, I found that my reading habits didn’t change much. I read 177 books in 2020, and I wrote 120 reviews, including those here on my blog, as well as a few other sites I occasionally write reviews for. Throughout the year, I keep a running list of the books I consider my favorites, with the thought of culling it down to a top ten. Once again, I couldn’t get down to ten, so below are my top sixteen favorite books I read last year. Next to each title is a link to my review, as well as a direct buy link to Amazon, should you be so inclined. All of these books were five star reads for me, as well as a few being top picks. I hope this points you to a new book or author for your reading pleasure. Thank you so much for following my reviews. Wishing you a healthy and happy new year, and, as always, happy reading! ~Rose
A Dangerous Kind of Lady by Mia Vincy
A Dark and Stormy Knight by Kerrigan Byrne, now reissued as Seducing a Stranger
A Governess Should Never Tempt a Prizefighter by Emily Windsor
A Rogue of Ones Own by Evie Dunmore
Every Bit a Rogue by Adrienne Basso
For the Sake of a Scottish Rake by Anna Bradley
Gentleman Jim by Mimi Matthews
Heiress for Hire by Madeline Hunter
The Making of a Highlander by Elisa Braden
Redeeming the Reclusive Earl by Virginia Heath
The Return of the Disappearing Duke by Lara Temple
Someone to Romance by Mary Balogh
The Unlikely Heroes by Carla Kelly
The Virgin Who Ruined Lord Gray by Anna Bradley
The Winter Companion by Mimi Matthews
Rose, I love your reviews! I haven’t read all of the above yet, but I will finish up later. So far, I’ve either purchased or added to my wish list the ones I have read. Even though I’ve already read one of Mimi Matthews’ book (and currently reading the other,) I read your review just to find out how you liked it. Isn’t she just wonderful? Now I want to go back and reread the Orphans series, or listen to them as I have the audio versions. I’m reading Gentleman Jim now.
Naturally since these books are on your top 16 books, I feel confident I will like them too. There are a couple of new to me authors on your list. But I felt your frustration on trying to name just a top 10, especially since you read 177 books this year. I came close to that number myself, and I voted for my top 10 on another blog. Impossible.
Here’s looking forward to your reviews this year, and hoping you and yours continue in good health, and hoping 2021 treats all of us better than last year did.
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Thanks so much for your comments, Michelle. Yes, Mimi Matthews is a wonderful writer, and has quickly become one of my favorites. I see that you are as avid a reader as I am. If you wouldn’t mind, point me to the blog where you listed your top ten. I do enjoy seeing other’s favorites lists. Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2021, as well. Thank you for following my reviews!
Oh, you won’t find my personal list there as the blog mistress Meredith, from Austenesque Reviews takes everyone’s lists and does the math to make a Reader’s Top Ten list. Austen fan fiction is one of my favorite genres, but Meredith and apparently quite a few of her readers agree with your love of Mimi Matthews. 🙂 So that top 10 was ONLY JAFF. That genre has grown in leaps and bounds. And that growth has gifted its fans with some amazingly talented writers and wonderful stories. As with anything that grows there is a bell curve, and with the gold comes some brass.
I never even bothered to create a top 10 of all my reads of ’20. I will consider it for the end of ’21 though, now that you’ve given me the idea.
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Ah! Got it. I wonder – have you read Molly Greeley then? I have a book by her on my TBR list, and the opportunity to pick up her latest. If you have read her JAFF, what are your thoughts?