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Best Books of 2020

I can’t believe 2020 is over! These are some reading stats and stand-out books when I think back on my reading year.

Reading Stats:

Number of Books Read: 125

Number of Pages Read: 33,141

Top Genre’s you read from: General Non-Fiction, Graphic Novels (Fiction), and General Fiction

My Year in Books

Best in Books:

Best books I read in 2020: (Break it down by genre):

  • The Library of Legends by Janie Chang
  • Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Dig by A.S. King
  • On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

Book I was excited about & thought I would love by didn’t:

Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh — I was so excited for this after loving My Year of Rest and Relaxation, but unfortunately this one fell flat for me.

Most surprising book I read:

Beartown by Fredrick Backman — I was not expecting this to be so gritty.

Book I “pushed” the most people to read:

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed — Immediately after finishing about this book I told all my friends to read it. What an adorable YA romance!

Favorite new authors discovered in 2020:

  • Brittney Morris (Slay)
  • A.S. King (Dig)
  • Janie Chang (The Library of Legends)

Best book from a genre I don’t typically read:

Imaginary Friend by Stephen King — I am new to horror, but this book totally sucked me in and I’m intrigued to read more!

Most unputdownable book:

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia — I read this all in one day. What a wild ride.

Book I would be most likely to reread:

Homie by Danez Smith — SO GOOD. I will keep coming back to these poems.

Favorite cover:

Memorial by Bryan Washington — This cover and book were both BEAUTIFUL.

Most beautifully written book:

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi — AMAZING. Yaa Gyasi is becoming an auto-buy author for me.

Most thought provoking or life-changing book:

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet — This book has been EVERYWHERE and it deserves ALL the hype. This is a really interesting study in race and gender, what it means to “pass” and the privilege that comes with that.

Backlist I can’t believe I wanted until 2020 to read:

The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding — This was so lovely and cute and I should have read it the moment it released.

Shortest book I read in 2020:

Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill, at 53 pages.

Longest book I read in 2020:

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chobsky, at 705 pages.

Book that shocked you the most:

Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner — I was shocked by how deep this book went and how good it was!

OTP of the year:

Emma and Jo from Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner — This book is my EVERYTHING. This pairing was so adorable and swoon-worthy!

Best debut:

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid — This is an amazing work about white supremacy, white saviorism, and performative activism. I can’t believe this was a debut!

Best Worldbuilding:

The Library of Legends by Janie Chang — I’ve already gushed about this book so much, but seriously, this book was amazing, and setting was so magical.

Hidden gems of the year:

  • Disability Visibility edited by Alice Wong
  • We are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Memorial by Bryan Washington

Despite being a rough year for the world, I had a great reading year in 2020! I read so many amazing books and found so many new favorites. 2020 was the year I fell back in love with reading, started this blog, and revived my bookstagram account. I’m so excited to see what 2021 brings!

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