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I stepped up my reading game last year and read a good number more books than I usually do. This, of course, made it hard to choose which books to share. Decisions, decisions! But here are 20 of the books I read last year. Some are serious, some are fun, and some will make you want to find the next book in the series. Enjoy, and happy reading!

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A Redbird Christmas

by Fannie Flagg

This is a sweet, wonderfully refreshing book that one can read at any time of the year. Funny too!

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by Betty Smith

I finally got around to reading this, and it was absolutely delightful. This is one of those books that I'll read again in a few years.

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All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

The writing is so beautiful, and the perspective of the story is heartwarming, yet heartbreaking. 

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An Echo in the Darkness

by Francine Rivers

This book was incredible. Rivers has become one of my favorite authors. 

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Angels Walking

by Karen Kingsbury

I adored this book. It is a tough-times to triumphant-dreams book that encourages and inspires.

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As Sure as the Dawn

by Francine Rivers

The final of a three book series. This is one of the best series I've read. It's phenomenal. 

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by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins

I read this book a year after the previous one. It felt like coming back to an old friend. Great suspense. 

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Fish in a Tree

by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

This was a great read about accepting differences and oneself. Great for middle-schoolers.  

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Godwink Christmas: Stories

by Squire Rushnell, Louise DuArt

I didn't know about the Godwink series, but I'm glad I stumbled upon this book. The stories were encouraging.  

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Imagine Heaven

by John Burke

Phenomenal! Eye-Opening. This book will get you thinking about the afterlife—pretty incredible read.

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Murder on the Orient Express

by Agatha Christie

Who did it?! This book will keep you guessing and guessing and guessing. Fun read!

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Barbara Robinson

The further you get into this story, the more you appreciate just how clever and brilliant it is.

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The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas

This is an epic saga on an epic level. It's dubbed the greatest adventure story of all time for a reason. 

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The Green Mile

by Stephen King

This is excellent storytelling. Touching. Suspenseful. Funny. Can't say much more without giving it away.

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The Hiding Place

by Corrie ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill

It's incredible what some have endured for the sake of others. Ten Boom's story is one of love and unbelievable sacrifice. 

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The Screwtape Letters

by C.S. Lewis

It's been about 10 years since I first read this. Loved it the second time too! The perspective will get you thinking.

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The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A beautiful coming of age story that the whole family will enjoy. 

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The Trumpet of the Swan

by E.B. White

This charming read is a great one for bedtime reading.

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The Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead

So clever! I appreciated how Whitehead intertwined his creativity and our history. 

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Tuesdays with Morrie

by Mitch Albom

A reminder to appreciate the people God gives us throughout life. Great read.

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