One of the only good things about 2020 was that I read some really fantastic books this year, and I am very excited to share with you all some of best books of the year for me. These books made me laugh, cry, and every emotion in between. So I thought I’d share some of the books that made the biggest impact on me this year.
And these will be in no particular order because I cannot be that decisive. And click the title to see my full thoughts, and the author to go to the book’s Goodreads page and add them to your own TBR. Which is always the best part of favorites lists is hopefully finding some potential faves of your own. So here are 15 of my favorite reads of 2020…
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith | This was an adorable romance meets self-discovery story. I loved the strong focus on family – as always – and the roadtrip (via train) was such a good backdrop for the story.
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle | This was a wonderfully entertaining second chance romance with a couple of the verge of divorce reconnecting after lots of tension and bickering. It was a great romance read and the chemistry leapt off the page.
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio | Even thinking about this book, I just get chills because of how immersive and emotional it is. It’s a hauntingly beautiful story about friendship, anger, regret, love, resentment, and so much more.
Anna K by Jenny Lee | Really the only way I’m interest in reading classics, is if it’s in a retelling. But this modernized reimagining of Anna Karenina was so good, it actually made me want to pick up the original. The high society socialite scene pairs perfectly with an upper class New York setting.
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas | The complex worldbuilding, the layered relationships, one of the best friendships I’ve ever read, and my heart breaking in two made this a perfect read for me. And thanks to not reading synopsises, I had no clue about the heartbreaking plot twist that was headed my way.
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson | What a wonderfully sad, heartbreaking, powerful book. It’s a painful,brutal journey that is hard to read and definitely made me cry. But being along as Henry processed the world around him was so impactful, I almost can’t even put it into words.
Our Time is Now by Stacey Abrams | I don’t tend to read non-fiction, but this was one of the most impactful books I read all year – especially because it was an election year. But this story all about voting rights was informative and engaging.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz | I’ve been trying to get to a lot of the super popular YA titles I’ve missed out on and I’m so glad I picked up this one because I loved it so much. There was so much heart and yearning.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab | This is a fantastic story about moral complexities, superpowers, and who is a villain and what being a villain means. The non-linear plot was perfect and helped create the tension and unease the permeated the divide between Victor and Eli.
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender | I’m not going to lie, some parts of Felix Ever After were hard to read and definitely made me angry, but the joy, strength, and growth throughout the story made all the pain well worth it. This is a beautiful journey of self discovery, self worth, and self love and I will recommend it to everyone without hesitation.
Beartown by Fredrik Backman | Beartown is a tragic story of smalltowns, assault, and how we teach boys that being good at sports absolves them of everything. There was so many characters I fell in love with and seeing them deal with everything- with such raw emotions and struggles was both devastating and wonderful to see.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab | This is truly Addie’s story and it’s a character study into perseverance. Everyone wants a connection, to be remembered, to leave their marks or inspire, and Addie – though forgotten and alone, finds ways to achieve everything she wants. And if that’s not a story we need in 2020, I don’t know what is
Did you read any of these books in 2020? Are any on your TBR? What were your favorite books this year? Share below!