My Favorite Books of 2020

Can we get a round of applause for it being a new year? Woof, 2020 was a whirlwind and I’m proud that between quarantine and having a baby I surpassed my reading goal for the year. I set a reading goal of 75 books for 2020 and I surpassed that by reading 84 books. This year I leaned into reading more than ever to take my mind off of everything going on in the world. Reading has always been a form of self-care for me, but I really used books to escape this year and I think it’s very reflective in the books I read. I’ve always enjoyed contemporary romance and thrillers, but this year those were the genres I consistently reached for over and over. I read a lot more “light” books this year that I could easily dive into and that I could start/stop easily since my reading time hasn’t been consistent since having Noah!

For the past three years I have loved recapping my favorite reads here on the blog. It’s a post that’s highly requested each year & one I look forward to writing. It’s been fun to see how my reading has changed over the years. Here are my favorite books of 2018 & my favorite books of 2019. So let’s get started on my favorite books of 2020, shall we?

It’s a bit daunting to narrow down the 84 books into a small group of favorites! This year I read 84 books and over 30,000 pages. Of those books 24 were fiction, 26 were contemporary fiction/romance, 29 were thrillers/suspense, 3 were historical fiction, and 2 were non-fiction. I had a goal to read more diverse books in 2020, but honestly, I kind of failed at that. This year was so heavy in many different ways that I really leaned in to reading books for comfort and to take my mind off of everything. This coming year I really want to diversify my reading and get out of my comfort zone a bit. I definitely made an improvement, but in 2021 I want to continue to do that. I would love to hear what your favorite books of the year were for 2020! Here’s to a good reading year for all.

fiction books

Long Bright River by Liz Moore

The Boys’ Club by Erica Katz

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

contemporary romance books

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey

American Royals & Majesty by Katharine McGee

Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis

mysteries, thrillers & suspense books

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker

The Cousins by Karen McManus

And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall

historical fiction books

If You Want to Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais

The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

non-fiction books

Open Book by Jessica Simpson

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

My reading lists from 2020

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

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  1. Caley wrote:

    I always love the books you read and your honest and insightful reviews.I’ve never set myself a ready goal but this year, I am definitely going to x

    Posted 1.7.21 Reply
  2. Mandi wrote:

    We read so many of the same books in 2020 and had similar feelings! Those I haven’t read are on my TBR. Love it.

    Posted 1.7.21 Reply
  3. Stephani wrote:

    You read a lot of books!! I need to read more! Maybe I should add that to my goals for this year!

    Xo, Steph

    Posted 1.7.21 Reply
  4. rebecca wrote:

    ok, just saved this to come back to it!! my goal is to read A LOT more in 2021 and it is already off to a good start, but my list could use a little revamping. thanks as always for sharing your reviews!

    xx rebecca //

    Posted 1.8.21 Reply
  5. We have a few common books on our list. 2020 was a good year for reading for me, personally.


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  6. Lizzie wrote:

    Wow you read so many good books this year! Saving this post for later when I need something to read <3

    Posted 1.8.21 Reply
  7. Annie wrote:

    I love that you use reading as an escape from the day to day just like I do. These reads all sound awesome, I’ll have to add a few of these to my reading list.

    Posted 1.8.21 Reply
  8. You had some good reads this year. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 1.8.21 Reply
  9. I am so grateful that you read and loved Feels Like Falling! I am also BLOWN AWAY by 84 books. Holy cow! I need to be better about tracking in 2021. Thank you so much for your support! xoxo Kristy

    Posted 1.10.21 Reply

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