Books I Read in 2020

Back at the end of 2019 I thought to myself “I’ve read a lot of difficult, complex books. In 2020 I just want to read fun books!”

Then March happened. I actually couldn’t read at all for a few weeks, and when I started reading again I could barely focus on Star Wars books, let alone anything more serious. Thank goodness I had already planned to read only fun books.

I also did a fair amount of rereading favorite books, from The Portable Dorothy Parker to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and In the Time of the Butterflies. And I discovered a few new favorites, though all were by favorite authors – The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri), The Starless Sea (Erin Morgenstern), and The Testaments (Margaret Atwood).

And while I was disappointed by Garth Nix’s Keys to the Kingdom series (I only made it through Wednesday), as well as Bridget Collins’s The Binding (for which I had such high hopes!) there was not a single single-star book this year. Not bad for such a rough year!

Rating System

If you’re unfamiliar with my rating system, here’s how it works:

  • * I couldn’t finish reading it, I hated it so much
  • ** I finished the book, but I wish I had the hours back I spent on it
  • *** It was about as expected, glad I read it but I wouldn’t recommend it
  • **** I really enjoyed reading the book, and would definitely recommend it to others
  • **** I MUST OWN THIS NOW! ! I want to reread it over and over and over

Looking for past years? Here’s 20192018, 20172016201520142013, and 2012.

Books in 2020

Hoorah for a year of fun books!

  • Heir to the Empire, by Timothy Zahn***
  • Dark Force Rising, by Timothy Zahn***
  • The Death of the Heart, by Elizabeth Bowen**
  • The Last Command, by Timothy Zahn***
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker, by Dorothy Parker***** (reread)
  • The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri*****
  • Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey****
  • Red Harvest, by Dashiell Hammett***
  • The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett****
  • The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett***
  • Bridge of Clay, by Markus Zusak***
  • All Systems Red, by Martha Wells***
  • Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison***
  • The Water Dancer, by Ta Nehisi Coates***
  • The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern*****
  • Dazzler: The Life and Times of Moss Hart, by Steven Bach***
  • Specter of the Past, by Timothy Zahn***
  • Vision of the Future, by Timothy Zahn***
  • Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov**** (reread)
  • The Real Lolita, by Sarah Weinman***
  • Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik****
  • The Old Republic: Revan, by Drew Karpyshyn***
  • Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling***
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith (reread) *****
  • We Ride Upon Sticks, by Quan Barry***
  • Etiquette and Espionage, by Gail Carriger***
  • Cheaper by the Dozen, by Frank Gilbreth****
  • The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood*****
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston****
  • Mister Monday, by Garth Nix***
  • My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman****
  • Grim Tuesday, by Garth Nix***
  • Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor****
  • Me and White Supremacy, by Layla Saad****
  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O, by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland***
  • Drowned Wednesday, by Garth Nix**
  • Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes, by Stephen Sondheim***
  • Survivor’s Quest, by Timothy Zahn***
  • The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way, by Bill Bryson**
  • Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor****
  • Uncanny Valley: a Memoir, by Anna Wiener***
  • Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix (reread)***
  • Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid****
  • Marjorie Morningstar, by Herman Wouk (reread)****
  • Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo****
  • How Long ‘Til Black Future Month, by N.K. Jemisin****
  • Nonviolent Communication, by Marshall Rosenburg***
  • The Keeper of Lost Things, by Ruth Hogan***
  • Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi***
  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal***
  • Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo****
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning, by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds***
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, by John le Carré****
  • The Binding, by Bridget Collins**
  • Brothers and Sisters, by Diane Keaton***
  • In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez***** (reread)
  • Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell***
  • The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson***** (reread)

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