Best Books of 2020

Best Books of 2020


It’s an obvious statement to say that 2020 was a weird year…and that carried over to my reading. Books that may not have normally worked for me did and books that usually work for me didn’t. And, in general, the hyped books of 2020 weren’t the ones that ended up on my Best Books of 2020 list. 

6 debuts are on this list (55%)…even though I read less debuts this year than last year, more of them made my Best Books of 2020 list! And, 5 of the books on this list are memoirs (compared to only 2 last year)…a category that worked extremely well for me during the distraction of 2020.

I’ve brought back the high school yearbook-style “Superlatives” from previous years (2019, 2018, 2017)!

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Best Books of 2020

My #1 Book of 2020

Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West (my review)
Most Recommended Novel
Best Debut
Best Inanimate Character (the church)
Most “Robbed” by the Goodreads Choice Awards
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The Rest of the Best Books of 2020

A Knock at Midnight by Brittany K. Barnett
Most Eye-Opening

Most Badass Author
The Last Minute Addition to this List

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Craigslist Confessional by Helena Dea Bala (my review)
Most Gut-Punching
The Book That Came Out of Nowhere
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Long Bright River by Liz Moore (my review)
Best Mystery / Thriller
Best Sibling Novel

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Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey
Most Tragic Story
Biggest punch in a small package
Most Powerful Epistolary Element

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One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London (my review)
Best Brain Candy
Best Behind-the-Scenes of Reality TV

Most Likable Protagonist
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Smacked by Eilene Zimmerman (my review)
The Audiobook I Flew Through
Best Cautionary Tale

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The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe (my review)
Most Endearing Protagonists

Most Divisive Book of My 2020 Favorites
Darkest Ending
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Untamed by Glennon Doyle (my review)
Best Memoir
Best Audiobook
The Book I Most Needed During COVID-19
Book I Most Related To
Best New Addition to my “Women Who Get Women” Club
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We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper (my review)
Best True Crime
Best Investigative Journalism

Most Sinister Setting
Most Frustrating Ending

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We Wish You Luck by Caroline Zancan (my review)
First 5 Star Book of 2020
Best Campus Novel

Best Ensemble Cast
Best Revenge Plot
Best Voice
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More Best Books of 2020…

Most Underrated Gems of 2020
Best Debuts of 2020

What were your favorite books of 2020?

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  1. I’m super interested in We Keep The Dead Close, so I’m glad it’s one of your favorites. I’m crossing my fingers that I get to read it next year.

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  2. Tara wrote:

    I’m so thrilled that you were able to sneak A Knock at Midnight in to this list before the end of the year!

    Posted 12.22.20 Reply

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