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Top Ten Tuesday | Favorite Books of 2020

It’s Tuesday again, and you know what that means! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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This week’s theme is Favorite Books of 2020. Who else has a ridiculously hard time picking their favorite book?? It changes weekly, I swear. Or I think I liked a book, and then I read a bookstagram review that points out everything that was wrong with it and totally ruins it for me. However, 2020 was a great year for book releases (and that’s about it). 

Many of these I read before I started the blog (I started at the end of September), so they don’t yet have reviews, just star ratings in my journal. I’ll get around to writing reviews for them eventually–they’re worth re-reading so I can do them justice! 

Here are my Top Ten Books of 2020 (that I can think of right now on the spot…I’m sure I’ll forget some and need to edit this later). 

  1. The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter

Now, readers who haven’t read the whole Will Trent series and only read The Silent Wife might not understand quite how incredible this book was. But for those of you who have read the whole series, you can’t tell me your mind wasn’t blown by this one. Incredible how she’s kept this series interesting for 20 years and 16 books. 

karin slaughter silent wife
  1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I listened to an audiobook of The Silent Patient on a road trip back in May. Man, did that road trip fly by! I didn’t see the ending of this one coming at all, and it is my top-recommended book for 2020. (I realized after writing this list that this one actually came out at the end of 2019. My bad–I still read it in 2020!)

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  1. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

This was the most beautifully heartwarming book I’ve read in a long time. I don’t often read YA, but this one was definitely worth it. 

  1. His and Hers by Alice Feeney

I also listened to this one as an audiobook, and I think the production really did the story justice. 

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  1. He Started It by Samantha Downing

Beautifully twisted!

  1. The End of Her by Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena is an auto-buy author for me, and this one didn’t disappoint.

  1. The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

This one made me bawl my eyes out. I really felt for these characters, and the story was twisty and interesting.

  1. Pretty Things by Janelle Brown

I’m working on writing this review right now, even though I read this months ago.

  1. You Can’t Catch Me by Catherine McKenzie

Gotta love a good cult novel!

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  1. Night Swim by Megan Goldin

I thoroughly enjoyed this legal drama, but I wouldn’t consider it a thriller (as it was advertised). 

Honorable Mentions: 

  1. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
  2. Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
  3. Playing Nice by JP Delaney

I took this to mean 2020 releases that I also read in 2020, so I know I’m missing some popular ones like The Vanishing Half, Don’t Look For Me and When No One is Watching. Those are on my TBR! Have you read any of these? Let me know what your favorite 2020 reads were in the comments!

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December 29, 2020 at 1:37 pm

I enjoy a good mystery/thriller, so a lot of these are on my TBR list already. I did read THE NIGHT SWIM this year, but I actually didn’t love it. Bummer. I’m glad you enjoyed it and all these others.

Happy TTT!


December 29, 2020 at 6:15 pm

I’d like to read Pretty Things. And I have The Silent Patient, to hopefully read soon.


December 29, 2020 at 7:27 pm

I’ve read a few books now by Shari Lapena and have really enjoyed what I’ve read by her so far.

Have a great New Year!

January 1, 2021 at 7:08 pm

I loved the Silent Patient also, a favourite in 2019. I have His and Hers to read this month. Great list. Mine is here.

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