I read 60 books in 2020: 8 more than my goal of 52. I probably have the pandemic to thank for that, right? Here are the books and some comments about each collage.
And this last collage is full of wonderful memories! These are actually the first 20 books I read of the year, pre-pandemic. Remember those days? I loved Dear Mrs. Bird, This Is How It Always Is, Matchmaking for Beginners, The Sweeney Sisters, and Southernmost.
Becoming, Just Mercy, and Born to Run were my favorite nonfiction books of the year. Oh man. I loved each of those so much!
Things Fall Apart was a re-read for me. I used to teach this in high school literature classes and decided to re-read it, as my college sophomore was reading it for a class. What an amazing book!
I really disliked Mrs. Everything. I don't remember much about it except that way too much happened. Snow took a long, long time for me to plow through. It was a book club choice, and I think we all agreed that we wish we had understood it better. The prose was beautiful, but the topic was difficult and the history largely unfamiliar to us. Dear Mrs. Bird and Courting Mr. Lincoln were also book club books. Heart in the Right Place may have been also, but I do not remember that one.
Here is my 2020 Top Reads List, although really, I could have added many more for fiction!
Top 10 Best Fiction:Dear Edward by Ann NapolitanoThe Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert DugoniThe Vanishing Half by Brit BennettThis Is How It Always Is by Laurie FrankelThe Book Woman of Troublesome CreekThe Gifted School by Bruce HolsingerStay by Catherine Ryan HydeWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia OwensThe Silent Patient by Alex MichaelidesThe Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan
Nonfiction:Just Mercy by Bryan StevensonThe Other Wes Moore by Wes MooreBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
MemoirBecoming by Michelle ObamaBorn to Run by Bruce SpringsteenMarch by John Lewis
What were your favorites for 2020?