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I Read 101 Books in 2020. Here are My Top 12 Favorites!
I Read 101 Books in 2020. Here are My Top 12 Favorites!

My favorite book of 2020 was BETTY by Tiffany McDaniel. It’s very hard for me to pick favorites and that’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy other books just as much, but something about this story has stuck with me since I finished many months ago.

The following eleven books are my other favorites in no particular order.

Becoming by Michele Obama

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The remaining 89 books I read are listed below in alphabetical order.

  1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  2. A Predator and A Psychopath by Jay Kerk
  3. A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa
  4. All the Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
  5. American Animals by Eric Borsuk
  6. Bears in the Streets by Lisa Dickey
  7. Beautiful Beast by E.J. Hill
  8. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
  9. Between Wild & Ruin by Jennifer G. Edelson
  10. Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
  11. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  12. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
  13. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
  14. Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  15. Havenfall by Sara Holland
  16. Heart Sister by Michael F. Stewart
  17. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
  18. Ice Queen by Felicia Farmer
  19. If You Tell by Gregg Olsen
  20. Immersed in West Africa by Terry Lister
  21. In Praise of Paths: Walking Through Time and Nature by Torbjørn Ekelund
  22. In the Water, They Can’t See You Cry by Amanda Beard
  23. Internment by Samira Ahmed
  24. Killers Keep Secrets by James Huddle
  25. Let Her Be by Lisa Unger
  26. Limbo Jubilee by Gwendolyn Peach Soleil
  27. Little Falls by Elizabeth Lewes
  28. Lost Girl by Holly Kammier
  29. Lying Beneath by Kevin Moran
  30. Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert by Erica M. Elliott, MD
  31. Midnight Train to Prague by Carol Windley
  32. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
  33. Never Cry Wolf: The Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves by Farley Mowat
  34. Night by Elie Wiesel
  35. No Pianos, Pets, or Foreigners by Joe Palermo
  36. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  37. Once A Girl, Always A Boy by Jo Investor
  38. Paper Girls Vol 1
  39. Paper Girls Vol 2
  40. Paper Girls Vol 3
  41. Plantains and the 7 Plagues by Paz Ella
  42. Red Hail by Jamie Killed
  43. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  44. Seduced into Darkness by Carrie Ishee
  45. Slow Burner by Laura Lippman
  46. Snails & Elephants by Nicole Jean Turner
  47. Snow Flakes by Ruth Ware
  48. Swan Songs of Cygnus: The Weight of Black Holes by Vincent Hollow
  49. Teen Killers Club by Lily Sparks
  50. The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer
  51. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
  52. The Cannibals of Chaufant by E.E. Tressler
  53. The Cold Vanish by Jon Billman
  54. The Dark Land by D.M. Shepard
  55. The Deep by Rivers Solomon
  56. The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva
  57. The Gift by Alison Gaylin
  58. The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne
  59. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  60. The Invisibles by Rachel Dacus
  61. The Last Dive: A Father and Son’s Fatal Descent into the Ocean’s Depths by Bernie Chowdhury
  62. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  63. The Man Who Spoke Snakish by Andrus Kivirähk
  64. The Other Hotel by Jack Stroke
  65. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
  66. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  67. The Power by Naomi Alderman
  68. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
  69. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
  70. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  71. The Rhythm of Evil by Dennis Koller
  72. The Rise of Wolf 8 by Rick McIntyre
  73. The Sleep Tight Motel by Lisa Unger
  74. The Suicide Killer by S.E. Green
  75. The Turnaway Study by Diana Greene Foster, PhD
  76. The Vine That Ate the South by J.D. Wilkes
  77. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  78. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  79. Treasure by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  80. Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey
  81. What Did I Do? By Colleen S. Myers
  82. What Did She Do? By Colleen S. Myers
  83. When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullers, Asha Bandele, and Angela Y. Davis
  84. When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal
  85. Why Now is the Time to Crush It! By Gary Vaynerchuk
  86. Wild by Nature by Sarah Marquis
  87. Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death by Caitlin Doughty
  88. Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek, MD and T.J. Mitchell
  89. Zoon Garden by Jordan O’Donnell
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