my top 10 books to read this year (ft. tbr)

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this year, I really want to read more, and better books. I haven’t gone to the library much recently because my library doesn’t have the greatest selection, but I need to put more books on hold instead of making that an excuse. Do not get me wrong, I love to read (and I do it A LOT) but I want to make purposeful choices this year with the books I read.

So, without further ado, here are my top 10 books (and series!) to read this year!

01. Glenbrooke (series, Robin Jones Gunn)

I finished the Christy Miller series last year – they are so good and I would definitely  recommend all of them, including the college/married/baby years and the Katie Weldon series (all of which I have read.) I really want to read the Glenbrooke series now – it includes a ton of my favorite characters like Alissa and introduces new ones and I JUST WANT TO READ IT OKAY. There are 8 total books in the series, so I may read all of them. I mainly just want to start the series and see where it goes!

02. 100 Days of Sunlight (Abbie Emmons)

I have heard so. much. hype. about this book and it just sounds perfect. Also the cover is actually gorgeous and ohmygosh its beautiful. can I just read this right now?

03. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

This is a classic that I had planned to read over the summer but never got to (I don’t own it). One of my friends read it and liked it so I want to read it this year.

04. (the rest of the) Harry Potter (Series, J. K. Rowling)

Yes… I have not finished the hp series YET. I still need to read the Order of the Pheonix, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows, and the Cursed Child (does that count as an hp book? I’m confused… enlighten me if you know please!)

04. Hagenheim (series, Melanie Dickerson)

I’m just a little late to the party for these books but I read the Healer’s Apprentice and the Merchant’s Daughter and they were SO GOOD. 9 more to go! (Also can we just talk about those covers. so. pretty. and also the newest one (a Peasant’s Dream) sounds amazing ahhh)

05. To Best the Boys (Mary Weber)

this is another one of those books I’ve heard so much about. the plot sounds amazing and everyone I know who’s reviewed it loved it so I guess that means something?

06. (the rest of the) Sierra Jensen (series, Robin Jones Gunn)

Another Robin Jones Gunn series that is so good! I read volumes 1 and 2 last summer but I still need to read volumes 3 and 4. The volumes I did read were really good but I never got around to finishing them, so I want to do it this year.

07. Katie Weldon (series, Robin Jones Gunn)

okay I’m sorry I just had to include this one! It’s a reread but I loved these books so I want to read them again. They’re all relatively short (there are four), so total probably about the length of one sierra jensen/christy miller volume.

08. Interrupted (Rachel Coker)

I read Chasing Jupiter last year and it was literally so worth it. I laughed and cried (whyyyyyy did everything have to happen) but it was SO GOOD. I expect Rachel Coker’s next book to be just as amazing… we’ll see.

09. Love Does (Bob Goff)

I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book, but I still want to read it. The idea is good, but some people’s reviews make me a little unsure. shrug.

10. Live Fearless (Sadie Robertson)

My friend read this one and said it was really good (and Sadie is awesome!) so it’s on my tbr.

what books are you planning to read this year? do you have any book recs for me?

📚 happy reading, christina


10 thoughts on “my top 10 books to read this year (ft. tbr)

  1. I love the Hagenheim series! I needed some recommendations after finishing the new Keeper of the Lost Cities book. (Also a great series)
    As for the Cursed Child, it’s written by Rowling, technically canon, but it’s not very good, comparatively.

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  2. Thank You for sharing your want to read books. we have the Christy Miller series. My sister has read them and enjoyed them . I have not read them.
    HAPPY 2020

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  3. Rachel Coker’s book Interrupted is one of my favorites. I love the setting that she creates in this book, and the relationship between Allie and Sam is sweet and very enjoyable to experience as a reader. I’ve also read Chasing Jupiter, and while the style of the two books is the same (I really like Coker’s work), the two plots are totally different. Chasing Jupiter is less emotional, for lack of a better expression, than Interrupted. But both are excellent.

    I’ve never read any of Bob Goff’s work. But he did come and speak at our church last year. I loved listening to him! He’s a great speaker who has a contagious joy.

    And To Kill a Mockingbird is excellent. I haven’t read it in a while, but I love the way Harper Lee highlights the issues of racism and prejudice in this book. The plot is one that will stick with you for a long time.

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