My Book List from 2020

Even though 2020 was the year of never leaving your house, which should have left plenty of time to read, I didn’t hit my reading goal of 36 books–darn it! But I did get to 31 and there were many good ones!

I love setting a reading goal for the year and making a list of what I want to read in the coming year. Here are the books on my reading list for 2021.

Books We Read Aloud

For read aloud books, we do a mix of audio and regular books. The audio versions, we listen to while we drive typically and then I read aloud during our morning meeting as well.

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Clara Barton: Courage Under Fire: Heroes of History
By the Shores of Silver Lake
All-of-a-Kind Family
The Golden Goblet
The Wild Robot
The Wild Robot Escapes
Mara, Daughter of the Nile

Non-Fiction Book List for 2020

I use multiple modes and methods to make sure I’m reading a lot through the week.

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  • I like to listen to audiobooks, but not non-fiction. With non-fiction, I need to be able to mark, highlight and reread portions.
  • Audiobooks are typically easy reads, biographies, etc. I listen as I fold laundry or make dinner.
  • I am usually too sleepy at night to read non-fiction and good, fictional novels help me sleep! So, non-fiction in the mornings with coffee and fiction for 60-30 minutes before bed.

Here are the non-fiction titles I read in 2020. I starred the ones I loved and own.

**Body Love Everyday

**Thinner, Leaner, Stronger

Open Book by Jessica Simpson

**Night by Elie Weisel

**The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias

**Awakening Wonder by Sally Clarkson

**Home Made Lovely: Creating the Home You’ve Always Wanted

Fiction Novels Read

I have a brain that does. not. shut. off. You too? That’s why I can’t read non-fictional books at night. So I save the more fluffy books for before bed and read for 60-30 minutes and it helps me wind down from the day.

I love historical fiction and thriller/mystery. I starred the titles I highly recommend or like so much, I own!

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

**The Silent Patient

The Last Tudor

Of Mice and Men

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

**The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

If You Tell: a True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood

House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery

******* The Book Thief– One of my favorite books ever and I read it about every other year.

The Winter People

** Big Summer— really fun summer read

The Killing Lessons

Lost Roses

** Cilka’s Journey– A sequel to the Tattooist of Auschwitz. The first one is better but this is still good.

**Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Where the Crawdads Sing

More Book Lists

My book list from 2020. Read alouds, fiction and nonfiction.

I would love to know what your favorite books from 2020 were! Comment below…


  1. Somehow I read 181 books in 2020 . . . uh, I don’t really know what happened there other than I started a BookTube channel and I just got so many good recommendations from people I just kept flying through books. I may have a bit of book FOMO too, I just want to know what all.the.books. are about.
    I’m going to add The Silent Patient and The Third Wife to my list to read!

  2. I always love your book choices! And I so miss seeing you online, but totally get why you’ve been absent there!

  3. You had some great books on your list! My favorites from last year were: A Gentleman in Moscow, The Dutch House, The Winemakers Wife, Dark Matter, Beach Read, The Guest List, The Other Mrs, Summer of the Monkeys, We Were the Lucky Ones, The Unseen Realm, This Tender Land, Deep Work and Digital Minimalism

  4. We love the same kind of books. When I clicked though to Amazon and tried to add them to my reading list, most were already there! I read several of the ones on your list this year, too.

  5. Agreed! Hard year to get through the books on my stack. These were among my faves:
    The Art of Forgiveness, Lewis Smedes (2x)
    Adventuring Together, Greta Eskridge
    The Chosen, Chaim Potok
    The Dean’s Watch, Elizabeth Goudge

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