2020 in Books

I’ve been participating in Goodread’s Reading Challenge for the past few years. I don’t view it as a competition, but as a goal I’m setting for myself. I also just love keeping track of what I’ve read, and the Year in Review is such a fun feature. You can view mine here. In summary, I read 85 books, for a total of 25,571 pages. Can you tell I read as escapism?!

Here’s the full list of my 2020 in books. I’ve put an asterisk * next to my favorites! Without further ado, here’s all the books I read in 2020:

  1. Searching for Sylvie Lee
  2. Talking to Strangers
  3. The Sweeney Sisters
  4. The Bookshop on the Shore *
  5. Before I Go
  6. Night of Miracles
  7. The Death of Bees
  8. The Bookshop of Yesterdays
  9. Harry’s Trees
  10. Postscript
  • 11. The Ten Thousand Doors of January
  • 12. The Friend Zone
  • 13. The Last Story of Mina Lee
  • 14. Adele
  • 15. Dreamland Burning *
  • 16. You Were There Too
  • 17. What You Wish For
  • 18. The Elephant’s Girl *
  • 19. The Scent Keeper *
  • 20. Don’t You Forget About Me
  • 21. Hello, Summer *
  • 22. Recipe for a Perfect Wife
  • 23. The Book of Unknown Americans
  • 24. Happily Whatever After
  • 25. Mermaid’s Key
  • 26. The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay
  • 27. The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane *
  • 28. Just Mercy *
  • 29. Britt Marie was Here
  • 30. Of Mutts and Men *
  • 31. Text Me When You Get Home
  • 32. The Last Bathing Beauty
  • 33. The Theory of Opposites
  • 34. The Jetsetters
  • Little Women
  • The Bright Side of Going Dark *
  • Mrs. Everything
  • Paris Never Leaves You
  • The Secret, Book, and Scone Society
  • The Other Family
  • The Lending Library
  • Sensible Shoes
  • The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
  • Dreaming in Cuban
  • Where Have All the Boys Gone?
  • Eligible
  • The Mapmaker’s Children
  • Becoming
  • The Lost Girls of Devon *
  • 500 Miles from You *
  • Anxious People
  • How the Penguins Saved Veronica *
  • The Bookshop of Second Chances
  • The House that Wasn’t There
  • The Henna Artist
  • The Book of Lost Names
  • Unplugged
  • The Last Bear *
  • No Judgements
  • The Guest Book
  • Meg and Jo
  • Bridal Boot Camp
  • The Secret of the Nightingale Palace
  • Sorry I Missed You
  • I Was Told it Would Get Easier
  • My Very 90s Romance
  • The Return
  • A Woman is No Man *
  • Between Me and You
  • Valencia and Valentine *
  • The Secret Zoo
  • Kind of Hindu
  • Once Upon a Time in Silver Lake
  • Help is On the Way
  • Please Like Me (But Keep Away)
  • Searching for Coach Taylor (photographed twice but only read once! Sorry!)
  • Big Shot
  • These Unlucky Stars
  • No Offense
  • Aster’s Good, Right Things *
  • The Lions of Fifth Avenue
  • The Four Winds *
  • Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
  • Mrs. Whippy
  • Love Your Life

If you didn’t meet your reading goal during a year full of global pandemic and political madness, don’t be hard on yourself. Many people reported struggling to focus to read; I just happened to have the opposite problem. I sought out fiction especially to help me escape from the frightening reality that is our current world. If you’re hoping to get back into reading for 2021, I highly recommend the books marked with an asterisk * above.

What were your favorite books you read last year?

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