Sophia Rose’s Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2020

Posted December 21, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Year End / 20 Comments


Last year was my first time participating in this event.  I didn’t realize how fun and exciting I would find it both rolling out my own lists, but also checking out other participant lists.  And, here we are again…

Though not as many as in the past, I still read a staggering amount of books this year.  I point this out because it makes narrowing down my favorites to ten is excruciatingly difficult.  Therefore, here’s what I’ve chosen to do.  I’ll give you ten of my favorite 2020 reads not necessarily published this year though most of them are.  I’ve also scattered more of my favs into other Top 10 posts throughout the week.

So excited to share these.  In no specific order:

Cross Her Heart by Melinda Leigh, Romantic Suspense

I love the blend of series story and edgy murder mystery.

Deviate by Jay Kristoff, Young Adult Dystopian, narrated by Erin Spencer

It was dark and desperate, but triumphant and the characters were fab.

Into the Dark by Karen Rose, Romantic Suspense

Down shadowy streets, cunning killer, wonderful pair, and those boys were stellar.

A Brush With Shadows by Anna Lee Huber, Historical Mystery

Engaging romantic detective pair, gothic tones.

Cowboy Strong by Carolyn Brown, Contemporary Romance

Country charm and such feels for the whole story.

Persuaded to Sail by Jack Caldwell, Historical Romance

Authenticity, riveting story of characters and romance after the wedding.

Wolf Untamed by Paige Tyler, Paranormal Romance

Series strength, Relationship between hero and heroine’s son and heroine

Intermittent Fasting for Beginners by Amanda Swaine, Nutrition and Health

Easy Reading, Easily Applicable

White Out by Adriana Anders, Romantic Suspense

Setting, Pulse-Pounding Excitement

Subversive by Colleen Cowley, Historical Dystopian Romance

Blend of Magic and Suspense in a mash of genres, Main Characters

Did any of these make your Top Ten?  What DID make your Top 10?  Feel free to let us know in the comments or leave your own link so we can catch your favs.

My thanks to Anne @ Books Are My Heart for hosting the Top Ten week-long event.  You can visit her site and see the schedule here

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Anne - Books of My Heart

These are some great choices. Thanks so much for joining with us! I love that Subversive cover. I’ve enjoyed Cross Her Heart, Whiteout, and Into the Dark. I’d like to read some of the others too.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

That series of covers are all so gorgeous in a haunting, magical forest theme.
Oh good, there are some good ones here. 🙂

Happy to join the event! Fun times!

1 year ago

I’ve been wanting to try Huber. and Whiteout looks right up my alley!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Greg

I practically binged the Lady Darby series earlier in the year. Whiteout was a rush! 🙂

1 year ago

Another list where I have read none, though, I could see myself reading some cowboy books.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Sam@wlabb

LOL, I said the same thing on your list, Sam. 🙂 Fun adding to my read list by checking out all the lists.

Bev Baird
1 year ago

So many interesting books/authors. Have only read Carolyn Brown, but not this one. Will check them out. Happy reading for 2021

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Bev Baird

Yes, it’s fun to see what is on everyone’s lists. Carolyn Brown’s books are fab. I had to actually figure out which one I had to narrow down to put on the lists or there would be all the ones I read by her.

Thank you, Bev! Have a merry one, too.

1 year ago

I’ve not read any of these. Subversive and Into the Dark look especially good!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lorna

I just finished the third book in the Subversive trilogy and loved them all. Oh yes, Karen Rose’s books are amazing. You really must, Lorna!

1 year ago

There are a couple here I’d love to try. Thanks for sharing your list.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  vvb

Oh good! Glad to tempted you with a couple, Velvet.

1 year ago

Thanks for the list! I’ll take note as I haven’t read any!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yes, it is fun reading everyone’s lists and looking for new books to try.

Carole Rae
1 year ago

Nice list! I haven’t read any of them but they all look really good 😀

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Cool! Hope you find one from the list to enjoy, Carole!

1 year ago

Great list! I always like seeing what people’s favorite reads of the year were. No way can I narrow it down to 10, so I always end up with a larger list as I only do one. Mine will be up later this week. None of the books on your list I’ve read, but I remember seeing some of them on your blog. You have me curious about Into the Dark and A Brush with Shadows sounds great too.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lola

I am right there with you, Lola. I love reading everyone’s Best of the year lists. I like to be reminded of books I loved, too, but also find new ones I might like. I’ll look forward to seeing your list. 🙂

1 year ago

I loved Into the Dark, A Brush With Shadows, and Whiteout, too! I’ll have to check out your other Top Tens as well. I think I’ll post mine next week because there were a couple of books I wanted to read first. I think they are going to be favorites. 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Rachel

Great minds read alike? LOL Yes, that’s a good plan. Ive read two since I made the lists that probably should have been on this list. 🙂