#BookReview- Top 2020 #Reads from my #BloggingCommunity #WritingCommunity

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So many books, so little time!

2020 has been a year of stress, confusion, loss and depression. But, it’s also been a year where heroes from all walks of life have shone their torches and made the world a better place.

Like many others, I haven’t been able to focus on anything this year, other than praying for my family’s health, and my writing has suffered for it. However, I managed to surpass my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 85 books and am up to 92 so far, with a few days left to go- yay, me!


While many bloggers are posting their top ten reads of the year, I thought I’d do something a bit different and mention my top reads from fellow writers in the blogging community.

You can click the learn more buttons to see my full reviews or the covers to go straight to Amazon, all are 4-5 star reads and highly recommended!

Lords of Chaos

D. Wallace Peach

I love this author’s incredible writing style and can’t recommend her books enough. This series strikes a note of familiarity with the current status of our world. I hope and pray we can come together and change its outcome ❤


For book descriptions, excerpts, maps, and behind the scenes info, please visit http://dwallacepeachbooks.com.

For her blog on all things writing, please visit http://mythsofthemirror.com.

The Nine

D.L. Cross

There are human power players at work who are almost as dangerous as the aliens!

The sarcasm and interactions among the characters make this an unputdownable read.

D.L. Cross also writes other genre fiction under the name Staci Troilo, and you can find more information about all her identities and all her work at her website: https://stacitroilo.com.

Against All Odds

Jacqui Murray

A spellbinding tale set in the time of early man. Jacqui Murray is a marvel at creating a prehistoric world that readers can easily relate to.

Read Jacqui’s tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days here on Amazon Kindle. Also, read her new series, Man vs. Nature, starting with Born in a Treacherous Time–also on Kindle.


Brazos Wind

Jan Sikes

This short story has all the feel-goods of a much longer novel. I quickly became invested in Jack and Savannah and their journey. Hopefully, there will be more about these two in an upcoming book!


Jan Sikes is an award-winning Texas author who has been called a wordsmith by her peers. 

Connect through Jan’s website: http://www.jansikes.com

Watching Glass Shatter

James J. Cudney

The Glass family are rich, well-liked, family-orientated. But all of that disintegrates under the burden of a secret so devastating it’s hard to comprehend.

A child lost.

A lie kept.

Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind and my body. At some points, it was just a few poems or short stories; at others, it was full length novels and stories.

Find Jay here: https://jamesjcudney.com/

No More Mulberries

Mary Smith

This story is written with an obvious affection for the Afghan people and their culture. I enjoyed learning about a way of life so far removed from mine. Though Afghanistan has its problems, it’s a beautiful country with kind and caring people.

Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women is an account of her time in Afghanistan and her debut novel No More Mulberries is also set in Afghanistan.
Mary loves interacting with her readers and her website is http://www.marysmith.co.uk.

Dog Bone Soup

Bette Stevens

Shawn’s strength of will and ingenuity shine throughout this heartwarming tale. Set in the 50’s the vernacular takes us back to ‘simpler’ times when work was long and hard for little payment and indoor plumbing was for the rich.

Inspired by nature and human nature, author Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of eight. 


Moments We Love

Balroop Singh

A rich tapestry of emotion guides the reader through first love through the pain of loss and poignant memories in Moments We Love by Balroop Singh.

Balroop Singh, an educationalist, a poet and an author always had a passion for writing. 

You can visit her blog at http://balroop2013.wordpress.com


Anita Dawes

This is a gripping suspense with intense scenes and complex characters who practically leap off the page. Uncle Jimmy, Jack, Granny are all people I would NOT want to meet in a dark alley!

Anita Dawes has written six fiction novels in various genres, Bad Moon, Simple, Secrets, The Scarlet Ribbon; Let it Go and Not My Life. Presently working on a sequel to her popular supernatural romance, The Scarlet Ribbon.


Red Eyes in The Darkness

D.L. Finn

This is a fast-moving story with all the right elements of suspense and a touch of paranormal thrown in to create a book you won’t be able to set aside!

D.L. Finn’s creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, and adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventures with an open invitation for her readers to join her.

Life’s Rich Tapestry

Sally Cronin

Life’s Rich Tapestry is a variety of poetry, short stories and microfiction designed to engage the reader to look at the world in a different light. Whether delving into human emotion, nature, or flights of fancy there is something slightly magical about the author’s turn of phrase.

Over the last 18 years this love of writing has developed into another eleven titles, my blog and also into Indie Publishing in 2004.

If you would like to talk to me about guest blogging or to participate in any of the FREE book promotions you can find details at this link.

Viral Blues

C.S. Boyack

The pacing is fast in this highly inventive story of the battle between good and evil. The author added a number of twists and turns that kept this reader guessing what would happen next!

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.



Mae Clair

Mae Clair seamlessly blends past and present timelines, gothic creatures, ghosts and complex characters to create an unforgettable story.

Mae Clair has achieved bestseller status on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with several of her novels chosen as book club selections.

Discover more about Mae on her website and blog at MaeClair.com

There are many more, but I better quit for now, lol. Have you read any of these? What did you think?

See you in 2021!

happy new year


  1. Gwen M. Plano says:

    What a wonderful list! Thank you for sharing, Jacquie. I’ve read several of the books, and like you, I enjoyed them very much. I didn’t join the Goodreads challenge this year, but I’m going to for 2021. I’ll be starting much lower than you! 🙂

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    1. That’s the good thing with the challenge, you can increase the books read throughout the year 🙂
      Happy New Year, Gwen!


  2. Thanks for sharing this terrific list, Jacquie. I’ve read and enjoyed many that you mentioned and have more loaded on my Kindle. You are a reading machine! I’m jealous! Happy New Year!

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    1. I wish I had more time to read, I miss it 🙂
      Happy New Year, Jill!


  3. Joan Hall says:

    I’ve read several of these and have to agree with you! Happy New Year, Jacquie!

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    1. Thanks, Joan! I had more to add but the post was getting long and WordPress wasn’t cooperating with its Pattern function- errrr!
      Happy New Year!

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      1. Joan Hall says:

        WordPress has been giving some of us fits of late.

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  4. I’ve read several of these. It’s an honor to be included with such outstanding authors. Thank you.

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    1. Love your books, Craig. So different from anything else I’ve read- in a good way 🙂
      Happy New Year!

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      1. That’s me, different. Actually, I like having something different out there.

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  5. Staci Troilo says:

    What an amazing list, Jacquie. I’m touched to have been included. Thank you. It’s an honor to be among the other authors you selected. I never think to write a list like this, but I hope you know you’d be on mine.

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    1. Pete suggested that I should make it a tradition- I like that 🙂
      Happy New Year, my friend ❤

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      1. Staci Troilo says:

        It’s a great idea.

        Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  6. Darlene says:

    These are all great books by awesome writers. Many I have read myself and others are on that TBR list! What a great community of authors and bloggers. Happy New Year!!

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    1. It IS a great community! Thank you, Darlene. Happy New Year!

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  7. Teri Polen says:

    I’ve read several of these and have several more on my TBR. Awesome selections, Jacquie!

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    1. I enjoyed going back and reading the reviews and remembering these wonderful stories.
      Happy New Year, Teri!

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  8. A wonderful lineup of books and authors, Jacquie. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year, everyone 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Harmony! I have you on my reading list for 2021 🙂

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      1. Yay! Erm … hope I don’t disappoint, lols. I’m so far behind on my TBR by now … I think I might have 2 of yours queued up! Here’s to a happy, reading-filled 2021 😁

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  9. Mae Clair says:

    I’ve read almost all of these, and couldn’t agree with your praise for the titles and authors more. Thank you so much for including Eventide among them. I’m honored to be part of such a great group.

    Congratulations on surpassing your GR challenge, too. 92 books is amazing! WOW!

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    1. Pretty good for this bedtime reader 🙂
      Happy new Year, Mae!

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  10. Jan Sikes says:

    What an amazing and eclectic list of books and authors, Jacquie! I am honored and thrilled to have “Brazos Wind” included here. I had so much fun writing that story. I’ve read a goodly portion of the books you have listed here and totally agree they are phenomenal reads! Happy New Year!

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    1. You’ve reignited my love of westerns, Jan. Happy New Year to you, as well!


  11. Terrific ist, Jacquie. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, John. I hope to read Eternal Road soon!

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      1. I would love to know what you think. I finished Mistletoe Inn and loved it. I’m not a big romance reader but enjoyed the story.

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        1. That means a lot, John, thank you!

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          1. Writing the review today. Not sure Amazon will accept it although I’m a Vine member. We will see. 😁

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          2. Wow, thank you! Amazon stopped me from leaving reviews a couple of years ago. I wrote them asking what I’d done wrong and got a canned reply. Oh, well, c’est la vie, as they say 🙂

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    1. Lol, don’t feel bad. I revised this post 24 times and still found mistakes this morning!

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      1. Hahahaha. Damn gremlins.

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  12. I’ve read almost all the books on your list, Jacquie, loved them. And big THANK YOU for featuring me! Sharing…

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    1. Thank you, Jacqui. Happy new Year!


  13. petespringerauthor says:

    Wonderful list from a diverse group of writers. I’ve read several of these or other books written by the same authors. I think you should do this annually, Jacquie. You may have found a great new tradition.

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    1. Thanks, Pete. I think you’re right. There’s so many talented writers on the blogs, they should be celebrated!

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  14. balroop2013 says:

    A fabulous list! I am feeling honored to be amongst these wonderful authors. Many thanks for featuring me Jacquie. Love and hugs and Happy 2021.

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    1. Loved learning more about poetry through your eyes, Balroop, thank you ❤

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    I’ve read most, and enjoyed, on your list, Jacquie:) I’m going to have to make sure I have the rest on my TBR list. Thank you for including Red Eyes in the Darkness. I’m excited to know you enjoyed it enough to include it here! Xo

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    1. It was fun going back through the reviews I’d done. It reminded me of all the wonderful writers in the blogging community ❤


  16. Thank you so much Jacquie for including me in this list.. Some I have read, others to be read but all something to be looked forward to.. Happy New Year ♥

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    1. No list is complete without your name on it, Sally ❤ Happy New Year!

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  17. markbierman says:

    I recognize every name on this list and they all deserve to be here! Great compilation, Jacquie! Congratulations to all who made this list. Happy New Year to all!

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    1. Thank you, Mark! There are so many wonderful writers in the blogosphere 🙂
      Happy New Year!

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  18. Marvelous selections, Jacquie. Each one is a gem. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Thanks, Teagan. Happy holidays to you and Crystal 🙂


  19. What a wonderful round up of fabulous reads, Jacquie! I’m familiar with many of these authors and impressed with the talents of these self-published authors. I love the challenge of Goodreads and read 51 books this year, many of them were my fellow bloggers’ books! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    1. That’s wonderful, Terri. I’m sure all the authors appreciate your support. Happy New Year to you, as well!

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  20. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    This is an amazing idea jacquie! And congrats for surpassing your goal! Happy New Year’s Eve.

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    1. Happy New Years, Sophie!


  21. Hi Jacquie. I didn’t know how much you were suffering, you have held II so well. Loving prayers for strength and healing are being sent up for you and your family. I love your year end presentation! Selflessness is but one of your beautiful qualities! Happy New Years Hugs to you dear Jacquie!🎼🕊)))💓((( 🎼🔔🍮🍂🍮🔔🌺

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    1. Thank you so much, AOC. I won’t be sad to say goodbye to 2020!
      Take care of yourself {{hugs}}


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