What I Read in 2020

I read 99 books in 2020. With my own book coming out in 2021, I made a concerted effort to seek out and support 2020 debuts. Some of these were also fellow 2017 PitchWars mentees–bonus! And later in the year, I added another goal: I sought out books by Black authors for both myself and my kids.

Of the 99 books I read, here is the breakout:

Young adult: 61

Middle grade: 12

Adult: 26

The high number of adult books is due to me continuing to weed out books from my existing shelves. I probably got rid of half of them; I need room for more MG and YA! I expect I will read more MG in the coming year as I’m hearing about so many more through #the21ders.

In previous years, this reading list was a page on my blog, but as I’ve migrated to an author website, going forward it will be a post. I felt it was best to keep it separate from my favorite reads post as that would be LOOONG. So below is a list of every book I read in 2020, with links to any reviews and my favorite reads for this year starred. If you’re interested in seeing what I’ve read other years, check out the What I Read This Year category here on the blog.

  1. The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
  2. Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
  3. Supernova by Marissa Meyer
  4. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  5. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  6. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers
  7. With Malice by Eileen Cook
  8. I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
  9. Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas
  10. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
  11. A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer*
  12. This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher
  13. The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After by Victoria Alexander
  14. Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter
  15. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
  16. A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
  17. Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas
  18. The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee
  19. The Traitor in the Tunnels by Y.S. Lee
  20. Rivals in the City by Y.S. Lee
  21. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord*
  22. My Life As A Potato by Arianne Costner
  23. A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
  24. The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers
  25. Lovely War by Julie Berry
  26. 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston*
  27. The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park
  28. A Whisper of Roses by Teresa Medeiros
  29. What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
  30. Moment of Truth by Kasie West
  31. Paradox by Catherine Coulter
  32. If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley*
  33. The Silence of Bones by June Hur
  34. By the Book by Amanda Sellet
  35. Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff*
  36. Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan
  37. Sea Swept by Nora Roberts
  38. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
  39. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  40. No Judgments by Meg Cabot
  41. Rising Tides by Nora Roberts
  42. Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud*
  43. The Possibility of Now by Kim Culbertson
  44. New Kid by Jerry Craft
  45. The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor*
  46. Jackpot by Nic Stone
  47. Hood by Jenny Elder Moke
  48. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  49. My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
  50. Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds*
  51. From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
  52. Inner Harbor by Nora Roberts
  53. That Summer by Lauren Willig
  54. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  55. Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts
  56. Most Likely by Sarah Watson*
  57. Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
  58. A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  59. Born to be Wild by Catherine Coulter
  60. Again, but Better by Christine Riccio
  61. The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
  62. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
  63. More Than Just A Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood
  64. Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie
  65. Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  66. Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
  67. Funny Girl edited by Betsy Bird
  68. Say Yes Summer by Lindsey Roth Culli
  69. The Sherbrooke Bride by Catherine Coulter
  70. Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita
  71. The Hellion Bride by Catherine Coulter
  72. Part of Your World by Liz Braswell
  73. The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
  74. The Heiress Bride by Catherine Coulter
  75. Unscripted by Nicole Kronzer
  76. Accidental by Alex Richards
  77. Layoverland by Gabby Noone
  78. American Royals by Katharine McGee
  79. Majesty by Katharine McGee
  80. Class Act by Jerry Craft
  81. Tracker220 by Jamie Krakover*
  82. Mad Jack by Catherine Coulter
  83. The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
  84. Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
  85. Charming As A Verb by Ben Philippe
  86. Order of the Majestic by Matt Myklusch
  87. I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
  88. Kingdom of Sea and Stone by Mara Rutherford
  89. Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch
  90. One Way or Another by Kara McDowell*
  91. A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey*
  92. Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer
  93. The Invisible Live of Addie LaRue
  94. All I Want for Christmas by Wendy Loggia
  95. Unlocked by Shannon Messenger
  96. Better than the Movies by Lynn Painter*
  97. Temptation’s Darling by Johanna Lindsey
  98. The Courtship by Catherine Coulter
  99. Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

As always, I have a daunting TBR list, but going into 2021 is a bit different. I have five ARCs waiting to be read, plus I used a birthday gift card to preorder several 2021 debuts that will start arriving next week. Not to mention all the books I’ve requested at the library. And then there are the rest of the books I received for Christmas…

What does your reading list look like for the new year? And as always, if you ever have questions about any books I’ve read, feel free to ask in the comments! Sometimes I don’t get to a review due to whatever’s going on at the time I’m reading.

Happy New Year!!

One Response to “What I Read in 2020”

  1. Natalie Aguirre

    Loved seeing your list. I read some of them, like The Silence of Bones, The Downstairs Girl, From the Desk of Zoe Washington, and A Night Divided. Right now I’m reading Lost in the Never Woods. I recently read Angel of Greenwood, which was fantastic.


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