Books I Am Glad I Read in 2020

Happy early Thanksgiving to all of my American friends. Thanksgiving has come and gone here in Canada, but I still wanting to talk about a few books that I am thankful for. The books in this list may not be my favourite books of the year (though a couple are!), but they are all books that helped me get through all that 2020 brought with it.

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

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I discovered that Tiffany D. Jackson’s novels this year and she quickly became one of my favourite authors. Let Me Hear a Rhyme was the first book of hers that I read and the one that started me on my journey. It is impossible to choose my favourite of her books, but this is the one I will always have a soft spot for.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

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If I were to universally recommend one book on this list it would be The Midnight Library. It tackles some difficult themes, but it is ultimately hopeful, thoughtful, and charming. I truly think that this is the book that every needs in 2020- I know that I did!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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I cannot believe that I finally read Jane Eyre this year, and I absolutely loved it. It felt good to finally knock this classic off my TBR and to enjoy it. It reminded me that classics can be accessible, and I am thankful for that reminder. I am hoping to remember that in 2021 and to read a few more classics that have been on my shelves for ages!

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

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I really embraced YA fantasy this year, and I think that I have A Song of Wraiths and Ruin for that. It showed me just how unique and powerful the genre can be, and it lead me to finding some other really stellar YA fantasy novels this year, including Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko and Skyhunter by Marie Lu.

You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria

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I was in a reading slump this summer, and You Had Me At Hola was the book that pulled me out of it. It is one of those books that reads like a movie or a TV series, so I could picture it all perfectly in my mind. Such a fun and sweet book!

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I finally finished The Illuminae Files this year! I read Illuminae years ago and loved it, so I cannot believe that it took me this long to complete the series. It reminded me why I loved SciFi so much, especially if it is told through mixed media.

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

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I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up The Happy Ever After Playlist in March, but I knew that I needed a distraction. This ended up being the perfect book at the perfect time. I could not put it down and it had everything that I loved in a romance. The characters were so respectful and their chemistry is off that charts!

Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis

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Be Not Far From Me was actually the book that I was reading when the lockdown happened in March, and some of the themes were perfect for getting me in the right mindset. It was also an extremely fast-paced book and confirmed what I already suspected- Mindy McGinnis is one of my favourite authors and I will read anything she writes.

Still Life by Louise Penny

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Still Life introduced me to cozy mysteries and now I want to read them all! I have seen so many people embracing the genre this year, which makes so much sense. I feel as though this series makes for perfect winter reading, so I am hoping to continue on with it in December.

Emergency Skin by N.K. Jemisin

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I had been wanting to read something by N.K. Jemisin for years, and I though that reading this short story would be a good way to get a sense of her writing style. I am so glad that I did because I loved it and have since read The Fifth Season, a new favourite, and I am currently reading The City We Became.

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39 thoughts on “Books I Am Glad I Read in 2020

  1. The only one I’ve read in Be Not Far From Me, and I really liked it! It was so different than the other books I’ve read. I love Mindy McGinnis’s writing and concepts.

    I also really want to get to Tiffany D. Jackson. All her books so important and fascinating. They are definitely very high on my personal tbr.

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  2. Yes!! I have a couple of these on my TBR and I’ve heard such great things about them. I didn’t enjoy Jane Eyre as much as a lot of people have (more of a Liz and Darcy than Jane and Rochester kind of person haha) it was really interesting to read “Wide Sargasso Sea”, which basically covers the origin story of Bertha Mason (though not written by Bronte) right after reading Jane Eyre. It provides a different, more modern perspective to the imperialist themes in the book and I highly suggest that you check it out if you liked Jane Eyre!!

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