First Quarter Top Reads

Top reads for me are ones that absorb me and that I really love the characters in the book. Usually I am reminded to about what it is to be truly the best kind of human. They bring me hope and inspire me. They might make me laugh or cry. They might make me stop and think. Also they often just plain entertain me.

In no particular order these are the ones I have loved in 2020 so far. I awarded them 5 stars. Links take you to Goodreads.

book coverIn this House of Brede was my first read of the year and a reread. It stood the test of time. While I acknowledge that this 1960″s classic is not for every reader, the close study of human character was what drew and held me. Set in a Benedictine convent in England.

Book Cover Diane Chamberlain did not disappoint me in this her latest book. Set in North Carolina Big Lies in a Small Town was my second read of the year! I loved this book. It held me in its thrall all the way through. There is mystery, challenge, injustice, racism and violence – but not too much, just a taste.

book cover It wasn’t until mid February that my next 5 star read presented itself. Again The Ten Thousand Doors of January  only for readers who enjoy a fantasy type story. Which I do from time to time. When I could hold this book in my hand I could see the wonderful cover. Will be the one to beat for me in 2020. The blurb says “Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.”
book cover Just an Ordinary Family by an Australian author. This one was all about family and secrets. I found it a really worthwhile and very must pick it up read. The characters were flawed and yet gained a place in my heart.

book coverThe Heirloom Garden is my most recent read and there will be a review further on. Only to say now I loved it and anybody who loves flowers will love this one. I think this is the second Viola Shipman book I’ve read and now he is a firm favourite. I have one sitting on my TBR shelf too which I’ll want to get into soon.






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18 thoughts on “First Quarter Top Reads”

  1. I saw the title of this post and thought “First Quarter??” Oh, yeah – tomorrow is the last day of March! Time feels like it is standing still, but I guess it isn’t!

    The Ten Thousand Doors of January sounds so good! And I really must read a Chamberlain novel at some point! Everyone seems to love them.

    Hope your 2nd quarter reading is just as immersive and inspiring, Kathryn! Thanks for sharing these top picks –


    Book By Book


  2. I’ve only read one: Big Lies in a Small Town.

    I like the look of the others, especially Just an Ordinary Family and The Heirloom Garden. It’s hard to believe we have gone through the first quarter of the year!

    Thanks for sharing.

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