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My Favorite Reads of 2020

When the year began, I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal at 50 books. I figured one book a week with time to spare seemed like a logical, attainable goal. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and I had to stay home for three months. I quickly upped my goal to 100 and then blew that away too. My new goal is 150 books and I will meet that goal within the next day or two. Yikes! That’s a lot of books.

So when I decided to look back at my favorite books of the year, I had a lot to sift through. My criteria was this:

  • First, I had to have given the book 5 stars on Goodreads. This is a clear indication to me of how much I really enjoyed a book. 4 stars is good too, but a book has to have really impressed me to give it 5 stars.
  • After I made the list of my 5 star reads, I then reviewed it for lasting impression. Do I still love the book and recommend it? Yes, that does give a bit of a disadvantage to books I read earlier in the year, but only in time. If a book was really great, I won’t forget about it.

That’s it! That’s how I came up with this list of my favorite books of the year. And the winners, in no particular order, are:


Cemetery Boys by, Aiden Thomas

Why I loved this book: Cemetery Boys is showing up on SO many “best-of” lists this year that I feel like I am just hopping on the bandwagon. But there is a reason this book is so well received. It really is wonderful! With diverse characters and a unique storyline, this is a book that YA fantasy lovers will want to read again and again because it really does give you “all the feels.”


My Life as a Potato by, Arianne Costner

Why I loved this book: I love reading Middle Grade literature, especially when I need a break and just want to have fun with a book. If you are looking for a book that is guaranteed to make you smile, you need to take a look at My Life as a Potato. It’s light-hearted and fun with just the right amount of silliness so that readers young and old will be able to appreciate it.


Spiked by, Jon McGoran

Why I loved this book: I have a love/hate relationship with Spiked. I love it because it is a really great book with a creative twist on the future of the human race. I hate it because it is the third book in a trilogy, which means the series has come to an end. If you are looking for a great YA dystopian series, you will want to pick up all of the Spliced series by, Jon McGoran. McGoran doesn’t usually write YA, but I hope he finds his way back this direction soon.


Finding Hemingway by, Ken Dortzbach

Why I loved this book: When I finished reading Finding Hemingway, I had a severe hankering for red wine (which I usually avoid) and a need to go and visit Spain. And is it weird that even now, months after I have finished reading it, I am still hoping that the author will write the spin-off that I suggested in my review and take me with him on a research trip? I really don’t know what it was about this book, but I loved it and will suggest it to anyone who needs a vacation.


I was really lucky to read SO many great books this year. While I couldn’t include them all, I think this is a good representation of what I read and enjoyed. I also listened to some great books too. Check out my favorite audiobooks of the year!


What was your favorite read of the year? Is it on this list? I’d love to hear what book you loved in 2020. Tell me all about it in the comments.

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