Reading is my absolute favourite thing to do. I read whenever I can and will always prioritise it over TV or social media. If I could, I would sit and read all day, every day, with just the occasional run or walk thrown in. But unfortunately life has a way of stopping me – with work and family and chores to deal with.
I thought I was going to read a lot less this year, after The Mirror & the Light took me over a month. But lockdown and self-isolation came along and, suddenly that to be read pile was going down very quickly indeed. I read four books in less than two weeks after finishing The Mirror & the Light, putting me back on track. Not that reading is a race, but I usually finish a book about every 10 days.
Then October came along and I suddenly had more work than usual, so my reading slowed right down again.
I read a real variety of books in 2020 and stepped right away from my old favourites – the psychological thrillers.
In 2020, I read 38 books, which is three less than last year. So what did I read in 2020?
This year I’ve read:
- Violet by SJI Holliday
- Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
- My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
- Revelation by CJ Sansom
- The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
- The Lido by Libby Page
- The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel
- How to be Famous by Caitlin Moran
- The Suspect by Fiona Barton
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- Someone is Lying by Jenny Blakhurst
- Knife by Jo Nesbo
- The Light in the Hallway by Amanda Prowse
- My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman
- Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
- The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes by Suzanne Collins
- I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
- The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
- The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
- The Things We Left Unsaid by Emma Kennedy
- The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
- Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza
- The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
- Breaking and Mending by Joanna Cannon
- Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith
- Half a World Away by Mike Gayle
- The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
- The Chain by Adrian McKinty
- The Ruins by Mat Osman
- Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
This year, it was harder than ever to choose my favourite reads of the year. I was absolutely convinced at the start of 2020 that Big Sky would make my list, but I had no idea how many brilliant books I would read this year. My Favourite books Pinterest board has been busier than ever in 2020.
But, after a lot of careful consideration, I think my favourite books of the year were:
- The Mirror & the Light
- Troubled Blood
- The Five
- The Giver of Stars
- The Thursday Murder Club
What were your favourite reads of the year? Let me know in the comments below.