I have ten books I rated 7 stars in 2020, which means these were my favourites of the year. I will put them in alphabetical order of the author’s name, while I muse on which is my actual Book of the Year.
The Poet X (Elizabeth Acevedo) Fiction – YA Contemporary (verse)
How To Stop Time (Matt Haig) Fiction – Time Travel
Callanish (William Horbrook) Fiction – Animal
The Broken Wings (Gibran Kahlil) Fiction – Classic – Novella – Middle East
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (Charley Mackesy) Fiction – Picture Book
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Holly Ringland) Fiction – Contemporary – Australia
Mix Tape (Jane Sanderson) Fiction – Contemporary
The Forty Rules of Love (Elif Shafak) Fiction – Historical – Middle East
Just Kids (Patti Smith) Non-Fiction – Memoir – Cultural
Wilding (Isabella Tree) Non-fiction – Natural World
There are two non-fiction books in this list. I had expected there to be more to be honest, as I tend to rate non-fiction books quite high. Patti Smith’s Just Kids was a great audio book and a beautiful and tragic story of the friendship between Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. Patti Smith is such a great writer. I immediately bought the physical book and two of her other books, which I hope to read in 2021. Wilding was the author’s experience of turning an estate’s landscape back to some sort of wilderness. It was so interesting and very engagingly told.
My 7-star fiction reads are a bit of a mixed bag, but reflect what I was reading in 2020. I think Mix Tape was my biggest surprise, but the characters just touched me. Both The Broken Wings ( a novella) and The Boy, The Mole, the Fox and the Horse had me in floods of tears. Both are so so beautiful. Callanish was a re-read and just as magical as I remembered. The others were simply perfect reads for me in their respective genres.
I tried to pick a favourite…. but looking at this bunch of books my mind whirls. I have no idea which one I would pick. I love each and every one of these books so much. So I am not picking a favourite. These are all my favourites of 2020.