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  • Writer's pictureJ J Hanna

A Look Back and a Look Forward

Happy New Year!

This is the time for parties ‘til midnight, ringing in the new decade.

But, if you’re anything like me, as much as you may love people, you’re the most likely to be found in a cozy corner with a cup of tea and a good book.

So I wanted to give a quick look back at my favorite books of 2019, and then a look forward at some of the books I hope to read in 2020.

2019 Look Back:

Choose to Win by Tom Ziglar

I read this self help book as a review book, and ever since I finished, I’ve not been able to stop thinking about it. I’m not usually one for nonfiction, but I love this book’s simple concept that cuts deep to the reality of our lives. It’s never too late to change your habits. It’s never too late to become the person you want to be. It all comes down to our choices, and all we have to do to change our lives is change our habits.

Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa

You know how sometimes it takes a TON of effort to get into reading again after you’ve read a fee bad books? This book got me out of that slump. I found myself staying up late because I wanted to read, picking this book up for a few minutes of relaxation in the midst of my busy life, and enjoying it so much I didn’t want it to end. It follows the tale of a girl raised in protective custody and two private investigators trying to figure out why and who she is.

Now let’s look forward at 2020 and look at some of the books I hope to reading this year:

The Pawn by Steven James

The Raven by Mike Nappa

Blaze by Hope Bolinger

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams

The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

And many more, but these are the first in my mind this year.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful 2019 and as 2020 continues on, I hope your year will be fantastic!

What books are you most looking forward to reading in 2020?


J. J. Hanna graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Professional Writing. She's currently working with literary agent Cyle Young as a literary scout. In what free time she has left, she also works as a freelance writer and editor. To hire her for editing, writing, speaking, or consulting, see the services tab. She can often be found cuddling with a cat, reading the latest suspense novel, or filming YouTube videos about the publishing industry.

Follow her on most social media @authorjjhanna

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