I read about 200 books in 2020 so choosing my top 10 wasn’t easy. The top 3 were pretty quickly set in stone, but the rest moved around quite a bit before settling on the order that is here. I’ll start from number 10 and work my way to my number one read of the year. Pictures from Goodreads.
10. If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
This book was such a heartbreaking read. It was so short and beautiful and absolutely devastating. I plan to read the sequel in 2021.
9. Well Played by Jen DeLuca
This book was so fun. I loved both book one and two in this series last year and am eagerly awaiting book three due to come out sometime this year.
8. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
I read all three of the volumes currently out in this series this year and they are so delightful and adorable. I gave all three books five stars and can’t wait to see what awaits Nick and Charlie in volume 4.
7. Beach Read by Emily Henry
This was so good. Better than I expected for sure. While it is a romance book it also tackles other subjects that I love to read about. Grief and writing specifically. I plan to read more from this author in the new year.
6. Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
I read my first book by this author duo this year and then I read three more of their books. It was a real mix of ratings though. A 2 star read, a 4 star read, and two 5 star reads. This book was five stars for me. A blend of grief, books, and romance. I plan to continue reading more books by Christina Lauren in the new year.
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
I read the first nine books in this series this year and have books 10-15 on hand to read throughout the new year. I have rated all of them so far either 4 or 5 stars. It’s funny and cute and simple and just a really fun and easy series to read and enjoy.
4. Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
This book was the first I started in 2020 and it was so complicated and dark and amazing. This is one of the books I plan to reread in 2021 and expect to love it even more now that I know the basics of the story and will be able to pick out even more of the cleverness in the plot.
3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This book about grief is so horrendously devastating. It spoke to my broken heart in a way no other book that deals with grief has ever done before. I am planning a reread of this book this year.
2. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
This book was briefly my number one favorite book of all time. Fredrik Backman is my favorite author and I expected this to be my favorite read this year and then it ended up being my favorite book of all time with plans to reread it as my first book of 2021. This book feels like the author has lost his way and is just rambling around on various story paths that lead to nowhere important, but by the end all of those lovely threads come together in the most breathtaking way. I can not wait to reread this this month.
1. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
This book is everything I didn’t know I needed in a book. It is delightful, charming, sweet, heartbreaking, magical, amazing. Every character is wonderful and so well fleshed out. The setting is so exquisitely beautiful I wish I was there, Antichrist and all. The love story is so kind and sweet and pure and unexpected. I love every aspect of this book and am so grateful that I read it this year and have a new all time favorite book to enjoy over and over again.
Have you read any of these? What was your favorite book of 2020?