Books Read in 2020

A hand drawn picture from a journal showing books on a bookcase. Titles of the books are written on the spines. At the top, there is a banner that reads Books Read 2020. To the right is the start of another drawn bookshelf with Books Read 2021 on a banner at the top of the page

I can’t believe we’re already over halfway through 2020 and I haven’t posted my listing of the books I read in the past year. I guess time got away with me, as it has for most people in this last year of COVID life, but it’s not too late to post my list so here it is!

As in other years (I posted my Books Read list in 2018 & 2019) , I created a visual “bookshelf” in my bullet journal and also kept a listing of the books I read along with a five star rating system as to how much I liked them. A picture of my visual bookshelf is above (along with a sneak peek of what I’ve read so far in 2021) and a listing of the books I read in 2020 is below.

As always, if you want to purchase one of the books from my list, be sure to support your favorite Independent Bookstore. My favorite Indie Bookstore is, no surprise!, the bookstore where I work, Content Bookstore in Northfield, Minnesota.

I read 30 books in 2020 – here’s my list!


  1. We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry
  2. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  3. The Girl Who Reads on the Metro by Christine Feret-Fluery
  4. The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
  5. When We Were Vikings by David MacDonald
  6. The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman
  7. Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams
  8. All Adults Here by Emma Straub
  9. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  10. Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan
  11. Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan
  12. The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
  13. Here We Are by Graham Swift (read this one twice – once in book format, once on audio book)
  14. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  15. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
  16. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (read aloud to me by my husband, Owen)
  17. The All of It by Jeannette Haien

Fiction – Romance

  1. Beach Read by Emily Henry
  2. The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Fiction – Murder & Mayhem

  1. Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen
  2. Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman


  1. Running with Sherman by Christopher McDougall
  2. World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukmutathil
  3. French Like Moi by Scott Carpenter


  1. How to Be Fine by Jolenta Greenberg & Kristin Meinzer
  2. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charley Mackesy

Children’s Middle Grade Fiction

  1. Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffith
  2. Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata
  3. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Which Books Were My Favorites?

It’s tough to pick favorites but I’m going to do it anyway. World of Wonders is probably my favorite book fo 2020, certainly my favorite memoir. For fiction, two of my favorites are in the Romance category, Beach Read and The Switch. In “regular” fiction, I also really loved The Jane Austen Society and, in Murder and Mayhem, found Squeeze Me to be a fun read. I confess, I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice before (but am guilty of watching the BBC film production of it about a dozen times) and now understand why people are so in love with this fine novel by Jane Austen. It really is an amazing book!

Did you discover a new favorite book in 2020? Have you read any of the books I read last year? I’d love to know!

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