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2020's Top Twenty Reads and Book List

2020 has been quite an adventure to say the least. One of the positives for me has been that I read more this year than ever before. I read over 150 books in 2020. That just blows my mind, but this year allowed for it since I couldn't travel or do the things I normally do, This year was truly a reading year for me.


I know this is not everyone's experience. Many avid readers haven't been able to focus or concentrate. As we all know there was plenty happening this year, so if you find yourself in this category, be patient and gentle with yourself. It will come back and maybe you can add some of these books to your TBR for when you are ready.


Normally, I do a TOP TEN list, but this year, because it's 2020 and because I read so much, I thought I would share my TOP TWENTY. Books that made it into my top twenty of 2020 are diverse in genre and there are a variety of authors. From favourite authors to debut authors and authors who were new to me. There are authors from all over the world as well as authors who identify with the LGBTQIA2S+ community.


Below you will find:

- a video of the countdown of my top 20 books, with brief explanations of their greatness

- a list of my TOP TWENTY of 2020

- lastly my entire list of 154 books read in 2020.


May 2021 be filled with more great book adventures.




TOP TWENTY READS OF 2020 (in no particular order)

  1. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

  2. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

  3. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

  4. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

  5. The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

  6. The Red Chesterfield by Wayne Arthurson

  7. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

  8. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

  9. The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

  10. A Thousand Splended Suns by Khaled Hosseini

  11. Autumn by Ali Smith

  12. Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

  13. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  14. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

  15. From The Ashes by Jesse Thistle

  16. One Drum: Stories and Ceremonies for a Planet by Richard Wagamese

  17. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

  18. The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

  19. The Dangers of Smoking In Bed by Mariana Enriquez

  20. Albatross by Terry Fallis



FULL READING LIST OF 2020 (in order read)


1. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

2. Elevator Pitch by Lynwood Barclay

3. Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

4. Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

6. Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd

7. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

8. Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald

9. No One is too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

10. Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson

11. Elevation by Stephen King

12. I've Been Meaning to Tell You by David Chariandy

13. The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier

14. Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

15. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

16. From The Ashes by Jesse Thistle

17. Stealing Love by H. Schreter

18. Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

19. Love: A Collection of Prose and Poetry by Puja Mohan

20. Break Shot by James Taylor

21. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

22. In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

23. Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright

24. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

25. You by Caroline Kepnes

26. Beartown by Fredrik Backman

27. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

28. The Break by Katherena Vermette

29. The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin

30. Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga

31. day/break by Gwen Benaway

32. Quantum by Patricia Cornwell

33. No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani

34. Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin

35. Emma by Jane Austen

36. Holy Wild by Gwen Benaway

37. Eleven On Top by Janet Evanovich

38. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

39. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

40. An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim

41. In The Dark, Soft Earth by Frank Watson

42. One Drum: Stories and Ceremonies for a Planet by Richard Wagamese

43. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

44. The Herd by Andrea Bartz

45. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

46. The Library Book by Susan Orlean

47. The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

48. The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

49. All Our Relations by Tanya Talaga

50. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

51. Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

52. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

53. Bunny by Mona Awad

54. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

55. Scribbles: A Book of Poetry by Sara Islam

56. Verity by Colleen Hoover

57. Albatross by Terry Fallis

58. How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

59. Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

60. The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

61. This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart by Madhur Anand

62. The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke

63. Bright Precious Thing by Gail Caldwell

64. We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib

65. Waiting For First Light: My Ongoing Battle With PTSD by Romeo Dallaire

66. Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles

67. Space Between Us by Jamaal Aflatooni

68. The Shadows by Alex North

69. Radicalized by Cory Doctorow

70. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

71. The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

72. Bluebird Bluebird by Attica Locke

73. If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

74. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

75. The Answer is... by Alex Trebek

76. The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

77. Forever and Ever Amen by Randy Travis

78. Dear Girl by Aija Mayrock

79. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

80. Not That Bad edited by Roxanne Gay

81. A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

82. The Moonshiner's Daughter by Donna Everhart

83. Live Oak, With Moss by Walt Whitman

84. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

85. Open-heart Surgery by Johanna Leo

86. The Red Chesterfield by Wayne Arthurson

87. Midnight Sweatlodge by Waubgeshig Rice

88. Vi by Kim Thuy

89. Tidal by Paul Gilpin

90. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

91. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

92. Dreaming in a Perfect World by Michael Tavon

93. Rage Becomes Her by Somaya Chemaly

94. The Dilemma by Danielle Holian

95. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

96. Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery

97. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

98. The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

99. The Last Sister by Kendra Elliot

100. Shut Up You're Pretty by Tea Mutonji

101. Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

102. A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

103. The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull

104. Here We Are by Graham Swift

105. The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

106. All The Acorns on The Forest Floor by Kim Hooper

107. The Turn of The Screw by Henry James

108. Water Witches by Chris Bohjalian

109. Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo

110. My Conversations With Canadians by Lee Maracle

111. The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

112. Word Problems by Ian Williams

113. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

114. Atonement by Ian McEwan

115. The Whisper Man by Alex North

116. The Residence by Andrew Pyper

117. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

118. Rabbit Foot Bill by Helen Humphreys

119. Consent by Annabel Lyon

120. The Circle Game by Margaret Atwood

121. Speeches for Doctor Frankenstein by

122, Washes, Prays by Noor Naga

123. The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

124. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

125. Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

126. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

127. The Animals in That Country by Margaret Atwood

128. Life on the Ground Floor by Dr. James Maskalyk

129. Halfbreed by Maria Campbell

130. This Book Betrays my Brother by Kagiso Lesego Molope

131. Autumn by Ali Smith

132. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

133. Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

134. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

135. Cardiff, By The Sea by Joyce Carol Oates

136. The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

137. The Night Olivia Fell by Christine McDonald

138. The Illustrated Journals of Susanna Moodie by Margaret Atwood

139. Nora: A Love Story of Nora and James Joyce by Nuala O'Connor

140. Tightwads On The Loose: A Seven Year Pacific Odyssey by Wendy Hinman

141. The Dangers of Smoking In Bed: Stories by Mariana Enriquez

142. Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

143. Procedures For Underground by Margaret Atwood

144. The Waves by Virginia Woolf

145. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

146. Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything by Kristin Bair O'Keeffe

147. The June Boys by Court Stevens

148. Power Politics by Margaret Atwood

149. Grief Is The Thing With Feathers by Max Porter

150. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

151. Surfacing by Margaret Atwood

152. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

153. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

154. 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad








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