2020 top 10 | the best books I read this year

Top 10 is always my favorite (and most difficult) post to write!  I love recapping the year and deciding which books were truly my favorites.

I had a wonderful problem this year, which was I had so many great books to pick from!  As of today, I’ve read 62 books this year, surpassing my goal of 52.  I had a ton of free time to read this year, so it makes total sense that I’ve been able to read more than one book a week.

After combing through my Goodreads, I finally compiled a list of my top 10 of 2020!  I ranked these books based on how much I liked the book and how passionately I’d recommend that book to another reader.

Here are the best 10 books I read in 2020 and what I loved about them.

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10: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
what it’s about: a woman of meager means holds extreme distaste for an uptight, antisocial gentleman (who’s secretly in love with her)
what I loved: the slow-burn romance, the swooshy ballgowns, and the pining!  So much pining!

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9: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
what it’s about: a high school girl finds her voice and her courage through spoken word poetry
what I loved: the way this book shows how beauty shows up in ordinary acts of bravery

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8: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
what it’s about: two unlikely allies fight an impending attack
what I loved: the unique way the authors used graphic design to enhance the story

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7: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
what it’s about: days after their break-up, two teenagers uncover a nefarious plot
what I loved: the authentic voices and how the “dossier” format immersed me in the story

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6: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
what it’s about: three high school best friends navigate their small, closed-minded town
what I loved: the slow-burn romance and moving commentary on how to overcome a legacy you don’t want

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5: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
what it’s about: a journalist discovers that her father wasn’t her biological father
what I loved: the approachable narrative style and how Shapiro conveyed complex ideas with simple, powerful language

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4: In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
what it’s about: an unlucky-in-love woman gets stuck in a time loop, repeating her Christmas vacation until she discovers what will make her happy
what I loved: the classic Christina Lauren wit!  I like to think of this book as Hallmark with intellect

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3: Beach Read by Emily Henry
what it’s about: two stuck authors challenge each other to write a book in the opposite genre (and try not to fall in love)
what I loved: the homage to the art of writing and the enemies-to-lovers romance

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2: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
what it’s about: a writer is unexpectedly picked to pen superstar Evelyn Hugo’s biography
what I loved: the dual narrative between Monique and Evelyn as well as the poignant discussion of what it means to love and be loved

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1: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
what it’s about: Ava tells the multi-generational story of her family and their many failed love stories
what I loved: the whimsy and quiet magic that’s woven throughout the story.

What books did you read this year?  Which books stick out as potential favorites?

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