What I read in 2020

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:

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.

Find out what I read in 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016.

Books, Reading, Favourite books, 2020

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Oh man, I got quite wistful reading your ideal life of sitting about reading all day. I would love that! I read a fair amount this year (despite a reading stall for a few months in late spring when I found it hard to focus). Tough to choose favourites as I read a lot of excellent books, but I’d say my top 3 were:

    * The Mirror and the Light
    *Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson
    *Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies, by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

    With honourable mentions for Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid; Disappearing Earth, by Julia Philips; Rebent Sinner, by Ivan Coyote; The Raven Tower, by Ann Leckie; and The Noonday Demon: an atlas of depression by Andrew Solomon.

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    • Wouldn’t sitting reading all day be the best thing? I’m surprised that even you had a period in 2020 when you struggled to focus. I haven’t read any of your choices apart from The Mirror & the Light. I’ve heard of a couple of them, but have no idea what any of them are about!

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  2. So many books!! I am now a firm audiobook fan as I just don’t have time to read actual books but I read The Giver of Stars which I LOVED!! I am in the last few chapters of Troubled Blood which I have thoroughly enjoyed. There are lots of books on this list that I want to read and I keep a note of your recommendations as I know they are good, so thank you for the inspiration. Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell was another of my favourite books this yearend also Grown Ups by Marian Keyes.

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    • Thanks very much, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed some of my recommendations. The Giver of Stars is beautiful, isn’t it? I’ve never tried an audiobook, but never say never!
      I’ve got Invisible Girl and Grown Ups on my list of books I want to read. I know Grown Ups isn’t in paperback yet and I’m not sure about Invisible Girl. I do try very hard to avoid buying hardbacks!

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  3. I’ve loved reading your recommendations. I think my favourite read from last year was I Am Thunder. Just counted up my own reads – 48

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    • Thanks very much! I’ve enjoyed reading your recommendations too and I’ve certainly picked up some ideas from them. I’ll have to look out for I Am Thunder now! Forty-eight sounds like a good number for the year.

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