Books

Top Reads of 2020

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.

8 thoughts on “Top Reads of 2020

  1. The only book I’ve read on this list was ‘The Poet X,’ which was great. I really liked ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ so I’m looking forward to read Matt Haig’s other books. 🙂

    1. I read lots of good books last year, but these were definitely my favourites. I adored it! But then we can’t all love the same books… 🙂 I just checked out your list – All those books sound up my street, but I haven’t read any of them! Time to add some to my TBR, me thinks 😉

  2. I hardly ever pick an actual top book nowadays. I’m reading Wilding at the moment with my best friend, so a chapter a week, not very far in but we’re both really enjoying it.

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