Books Read in 2020

Books Read in 2020 

I always keep a list of the books I read throughout the year, and this past year was a big one. ** denotes my favorite ones, with authors listed. + denotes a nonfiction/based on a true story book. I try to read some nonfiction, especially now that I’m not in college and actively learning everyday. 

  1. Something in the Water**

-A thriller that had me hooked from the first chapter. 

  • The Amber Project 
  • How to Stop Time 
  • Life After Life 
  • Girl, Wash Your Face +
  • The Sweetness of Forgetting
  • The Farm**

-An interesting concept, The Farm is about a place where women voluntarily go to become surrogate mothers. 

-A romance book about two people who meet on 9/11 and eventually part examines what could have been. 

  1. The Masterpiece
  2. Little Fires Everywhere 
  3. Auschwitz Lullaby 
  4. The Dutch House
  5. Ask Again, Yes 
  6. My Sister the Serial Killer 
  7. The Secrets We Kept 
  8. Lost You 
  9. Drug of Choice
  10. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
  11. Peace with God +
  12. In the Dark**

-Very similar in plot to “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie. A group of eight strangers are lured into an island getaway, only to find out it’s not really a getaway and they all are connected by parts of their secret pasts. 

  • Crimes Against a Book Club 
  • The Five Love Languages +
  • The Quiche of Death 
  • Oona Out of Order
  • Change Your Brain, Change Your Body +
  • Present Over Perfect +
  • The Eyre Affair 
  • Crooked Little Lies
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo**

Movie Star Evenlyn Hugo chooses no-name journalist Monique Grant to narrate her autobiography about her scandalous life. Monique wonders why she has been chosen, until the story starts to make sense. 

  • Lost in a Good Book 
  • The Lying Game
  • Disappearing Earth 
  • The Unhoneymooners
  • After the Flood 
  • The Girls Auto Clinic +

Essentially a “automobiles for dummies” book, which is what I needed. It goes system by system and encourages women to be hands-on and proactive in their car care and maintenance. 

  • Recursion
  • And Then There Were None 
  • The Well of Lost Plots 
  • The Case for Christ 
  • The Wives **

-A psychological thriller with an ending leaving you saying “what??”.  Thursday shares her husband with his two other wives, unsure of how much they all know of each other. 

  • Thog’s Guide to Quantum Economics
  • Something Rotten **
  • This book is part of the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. While the first book takes a little to get into, the series as a whole is lighthearted, entertaining, and extremely creative. 
  • The Vanishing Half **

This book explores the lasting impact of different choices made. The book is about two black twins who grew up in a small southern town, and the vast differences between their two lives based on choices they make and identities they claim. 

  • Into the Wild +
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Educated +
  • The Testaments
  • Wanderers **

-This was a long one but so so good, and eerily similar to current events happening when I read the book. The Wanderers is about a pandemic. The setting is primarily in the United States, with a similar (if exaggerated) political climate. The book alternates perspectives for each chapter and had me hooked. And creeped out. 

  • The Midnight Library 
  • Thursday Next: First Among Sequels
  • The Time Machine
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue 
  • Into the Water **

-Into the Water unravels the mystery behind several deaths over the years in the same watering hole. 

-Written by former FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss, this book teaches you negotiation tactics and tricks. Very well written, not boring at all. 

-This book is about a boy who was the son of a man saved by Schindler’s List. Heart-wrenching and beautiful, the protagonist just wanted word to get out about Schindler’s work during WWII. 

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