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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Looking Back On 2020 | First/Last Reads | Monthly Reflections (Dec. 2020)

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Happy New Year! 2020 was quite a year, wasn't it? While there were terrible, sad, and disappointing things that happened, I also think that 2020 was a year that had some great moments and pushed me to do/try things that I don't know if I would have otherwise - for instance, I cut my own hair and found that I actually love how it turned out. Very surprised by that! :)

Regarding reading/books... I'm somewhat surprised that my reading was less, but I think that is because I was so distracted by things going on that I couldn't actually read much. I went through an intense reading slump, which I think I'm finally over! :)

  • My first read in 2020 was On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White
  • My last read in 2020 was Autumn Skies by Denise Hunter 
I'm planning on my first read of 2021 to be Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz. I will be starting it shortly after posting this.
My goals for 2021 will be posted on the 12th for Top Ten Tuesday

Monthly Reflections, where we take the time to reflect on the previous month.

How I Did With My Goals This Month:

  • finish at least one book.
I finished three! Almost finished a fourth book, but ran out of time. :)

#1. Read at least 100 books that were on my TBR before 2020.
-I failed this one. Only read 40. :(
1-On Wings of Devotion (The Codebreakers, #2)
2-Protecting His Secret Son (Callahan Confidential #6)
3-It's Not Supposed to Be This Way
4-Killer Amnesia
5-Soldier's Christmas Secrets (Justice Seekers #1)
6-Justice Mission (True Blue K-9 Unit #1)
7-Saving the Saved
8-Christmas Ranch Rescue (Wrangler's Corner #5)
9-The Firefighter's Twins
10-He Speaks, I Listen: Finding God’s Love in Life's Challenges
11-The Way of the Brave (Global Search and Rescue #1)
12-Cold Case Secrets (True North Heroes #4)
13-The Heart Answers
14-End Game (Capital Intrigue, #1)
15-As Easy As Riding A Bike (Justin Harbor #1)
16-Love Defined: Embracing God's Vision for Lasting Love and Satisfying Relationships
17-Lake Season (Bluebell Inn Romance, #1)
18-Undercover Twin
19-I Give Up: The Secret Joy of a Surrendered Life
20-Throne of Grace (Cliff Walk Courtships, #1)

21-Until the Dawn (Until the Dawn, #1)
22-Seconds to Live (Homeland Heroes, #1)
23-Untroubled: Devotions and Prayers for Finding Calm in a Chaotic World
24-The Deception (The Delusion #2)
25-The 30-Day Prayer Challenge for Women
26-The Heart of an Agent (The Adirondack Pinkertons #2)
27-Plain Jeopardy
28-Beyond Betrayal
29-A Genesis to Revelation Scripture Memory Guide
30-Somebody Like You
32-Enough: Silencing the Lies That Steal Your Confidence
33-Small Town Justice
34-5 Minutes in Church History: An Introduction to the Stories of God's Faithfulness in the History of the Church
35-An Uncommon Woman
36-Almost Amish
37-Deadly Deceit (Harbored Secrets, #2)
38-When Love Arrives (Misty Willow #2)
39-The Memory Thief
40-Switch on Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health

#2. Read more books each month from my NetGalley TBR than I request.
January | Requested: 11 | Read: 12
February | Requested: 0 | Read: 7
March | Requested: 11 | Read: 10
April| Requested: 0| Read: 4
Officially giving up on this goal...too difficult to remember/track. lol

#3. Review EACH book I read, even if only on Goodreads.
January | Complete
February | Complete
March | Complete
April | Complete
May | Complete
June | Complete 
July | Complete
August | Complete
September | Complete
October | Complete
November |Complete
December | Complete
#4. Get TBR under 200 books.
I failed this one, too.

Lastly, #5. Read all the Love Inspired books that were on my NetGalley TBR before 2020.
Didn't complete this either. 

Books Read This Month: 

Favorite Read of the Month: 

The Love Note and Autumn Skies were both amazing reads...can't choose a favorite. :)

Some Books I Added to My TBR Pile This Month:

My Goals for Next Month:

Finish 4 books, including 1 nonfiction.

Now it's your turn! What did you accomplish in December, what do you hope to accomplish in January?


  1. Tidewater Bride will be my first read of the year as well. Got a little behind in December with reading all the books I planned to, but will get back into the swing of things soon!

  2. Looks like you are starting to get your reading Groove back!

    Here is my December month recap: https://moretoodiscover.blogspot.com/2021/01/monthly-discoveries-december-2020.html


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