I invite all of you to participate in the Judging More Than Just the Cover 2020 Reading Challenge. Each month, we have a category to follow. Pick at least one book that falls into that category. I’ll let you know what book I chose and give a few other suggestions.
We follow the story of Kya, known as “the Marsh Girl”, from 1952 to the present day. After being abandoned by every member of her family as a very young child, she lives in solitude in a shack in the North Carolina Marshes. Only a select few people make an attempt to get to know her: some with honest intentions and some seeking their own gain.
Throughout the year, I have been awarding books with my Best Book Award if they receive a five-star rating from me. In order to receive a five-star rating, it needs to be an incredible book that leaves me with nothing bad to say. I have read many outstanding books this year, but a few have stuck in my head and really made a lasting impression. It was hard to pick my favorite book of the year, but here is the winner and a few that almost made the cut.
When Billie James’ father passed, she inherited his house in Mississippi. When she returned to the small town, she uncovered nasty secrets and racism still brewing.
When their eldest teenage daughter seemingly starts to lose her mind, a family turns to their church and a reality show for exorcism help. Is she really possessed by a demon or is it schizophrenia?
Baby Wise follows a parent directed feeding model. It has tips for guiding babies into a routine and solid sleep.
The Immortalists follows four siblings. As children, they visit a psychic who tells them the exact days of their deaths. That knowledge shapes their entire lives and takes them on diverging paths.
Stella is beautiful and rich. Violet is smart, but from a rough and poor family. Somehow they become friends, each with their role in the friendship: Violet riding on the coattails of Stella. But when Violet starts to get hard-earned success, jealousy flips the other way.
Gaiman has gathered many Norse Mythology stories and legends and compiled them into a cohesive set of short stories with a narrative flair.
Sweet Little Lies follows the detective Cat as she tries to solve a murder that intertwines with a missing person case from her childhood hometown that she has always suspected her father is tied to.