I love reading. I prefer to do that than watch TV, go to the gym, floss my teeth, pay bills, or wash the laundry. I review a lot of the books I read, usually received from NetGalley, the library, or an Indie efriend, but I also buy quite a few. I collect my writing book reviews here and my education ones here. When I read, I choose thrillers, historical fiction, education (for my other passion), and then anything else.
Here are my ten favorite books read in 2020 (in alphabetic order):
- Cassa series by Alex Cavanaugh
- Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva
- Grizzly Killer series by Lane Warenski
- Jock of the Bushveld by Patricia Furstenberg
- Jess Williams Westerns by Robert Thomas
- Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box
- Julia’s Violinist by Anneli Purchase
- The Orphan X series by Gregg Hurwitz
- Satin and Cinders by Jan Sikes
- U.S. Marshall Shorty Thompson series by Paul Thompson
I read 224 books according to Goodreads. This included a whole lot of Indie and blogging efriend books. Here’s a GIF of all 224 books or click this link for a slower display. Any you like or have also read?
Curious how I turned this long image into a GIF:
- Record a video using a free screencast program like Screencast-o-matic.
- Save as an MP4.
- Add the MP4 to PowerPoint slide.
- Save the ‘slideshow’ (of one slide) as a GIF.
- Add to your blog!
But my favorite books isn’t always what you (my readers) are most interested in. Here are the top ten reviews on my blog for 2020 (in statistical order):
- Welcome Diana Peach and her new Fantasy, Liars and Thieves
- 2 GREAT Sci Fi Novels (CassaStar by Alex Cavenaugh and The Stones by D.L. Cross)
- A Useful Book for Bloggers (Better Blogging with Photography by Terri Schrandt)
- A Memoir–About a Young Female CIA Spy (Unexpected Spy by Tracy Walder)
- 38 Essential Writer’s Books
- 5 Indies I loved (Just in Time for Valentine’s Day) (Jack of the Bushveld by Patricia Furstenberg, Warning Signs by Carol Ballawyder, Oh Baubles by Harmony Kent, The Inn by Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Examining Kitchen Cupboards by Stevie Turner)
- Non-fiction for Indie Authors (Humor That Works by Andrew Tarvin, The Writer’s Lexicon by Kathy Steinemann, The Rural Setting Thesaurus by Ackerman and Puglisi)
- Two Stories of Survival (Paleolithic by S.A. Adams, Northern Survival by Diane McGyver)
- 4 More NetGalley ARCs–3 Great, 1 Good (Into the Fire, The Deserter, No Man’s Land, Nathan’s Run)
- Great Reads from NetGalley (Hard Shot, House on Fire, Exit Fee, The Finders)
Oh–one more thing. I don’t have enough social media followers. If you would follow me, I’ll follow you back! Here’re my handles:
LinkedIn: Jacqui Murray
Since I read about three books a week, I’m always eager for new material. What’s your favorite book from 2020?
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.