What are you reading? Top 5 from 2020

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Assuming you agree 2020 proved to be a year like no other—at least in our lifetime—you might find yourself in one of two camps: during the past 12 months, you read more than ever (whether to escape reality or to preserve your mental health or all of the above); or, you remained unable to read anything other than your pervading news feeds (understandable). Regardless of which camp you reside, if one of your New Year’s goals includes reading [more], check out my Top 5 from 2020:

  1. Greg Olsen’s “Lying Next to Me“—for fans of suspense
  2. Gay Hendricks’ “The Big Leap”—addresses limiting beliefs & finding your “zone of genius”
  3. Scott Allan’s “Do it Scared”—shares techniques to charge forward with confidence
  4. Alice Feeney’s “Sometimes I Lie”—takes readers on a psychological thrill ride (eked into 2021)
  5. Tina Radcliffe’s “Finding the Road Home“—for lovers of stories with heart, humor & faith

What book did you read last year and recommend?

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Today’s pick: What are you reading?



In honor of a dear friend who shared my passion for reading—and who left this earth too soon—I’m offering a review of Greg Olsen’s “Lying Next to Me” for fans of suspense. Although not a genre I commonly seek out, on a whim I downloaded Olsen’s novel to my Kindle app. In my opinion, the multi-published author delivers a topnotch, and disturbing, psychological crime thriller that kept me turning the pages. To summarize: a couple on shaky marital grounds, along with their three-year-old daughter, escape to a lakefront cabin getaway, where the wife—abducted in broad daylight in front of her husband—winds up assaulted and murdered. Olsen introduces the officers in charge, as well as other major and minor players, as he deftly manipulates and weaves a master thread of suspicion. He strings readers along on a not-always reliable journey through multiple character viewpoints, leading up to the climax and a finish that ties up loose ends. Or does it?

What book do you recommend?

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