[Reblog] Most Memorable Reads of 2020 #TopTenTuesday

December 29, 2020

2020 Memorable Reads:
The Top Ten List and The Categories

Most Memorable Reads of 2020 (Image: a colorful banner, confetti, and colorful baloons)

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books Read in 2020

Top Ten Tuesday (winter) graphic

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

I mostly love the angst of creating top ten lists! Although it can be a daunting task, it’s my most anticipated post of the year! First, let me remind you that this list is subjective. It’s compiled of books I’ve read this year (there are always so many more great ones that I didn’t get to), and each one has made it onto this list because reading it was a memorable, emotional experience and gave me a “book hangover.”

I’m presenting my list this year in two formats: in list form and in categories. The categories part is a bit more comprehensive because I provided some runners up. Titles are links to my reviews or Amazon affiliate links. Although most titles in this post were published this year, a couple were not.

Thanks for sharing great reads with me this year!

***This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Top Ten Memorable Fiction Reads of 2020

(see categories below for runners up and additional selections)

1

 The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

2

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

3

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

4

All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny

5

 The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton

6

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

7

 Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly

8

 The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

9

 The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin

10

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Most Memorable Nonfiction

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9-11 by Garrett M. Graff

The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah



* * * * * BONUS *****

Memorable Reads by Category

It’s difficult to rank books in order from 1-10 because they are each special in their own way, so I’ve sorted them into categories and included some runners up (because who can choose just ten?). Even though not all of them are 5 star reads, these are the books that were the most memorable for me….the ones that I still think about….the ones I recommend the most often.

Most Memorable Overall

(and my BEST read of the year)

#1

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
Genre: Contemporary Nigerian Fiction
5 Stars

#2

Close Runners Up
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Genre: Histfic (1500s)
5 Stars

#3

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Genre: Contemporary and complicated Family Drama
5 Stars


Most Memorable WW11 Historical Fiction

The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton
Genre: WW11 HistFic
5 Stars

Close Runner Up
The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
Genre: WW11 HistFic
5 Stars


Most Memorable Light Fiction
(with “found family” themes)

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
4.5 Stars

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
4 Stars


Most Memorable Non WW Historical Fiction

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Genre: Literary Histfic (1500s)
5 Stars

Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly
Genre: Civil War Histfic
5 Stars

The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton
Genre: HistFic (post WW1)
4 Stars


Most Memorable Women

The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton
Genre: WW11 Histfic
5 Stars

Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly
Genre: Civil War histfic
5 Stars


Most Memorable Historical Fiction/Love Story

The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin
Genre: WW11 Histfic
5 Stars 

The Last Bookshop in London


Most Memorable Biographical Historical Fiction

Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon
Genre: WW11 Histfic
4 Stars

Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon (cover)


Most Memorable Middle Grade

The Next Great Jane by K.L. Going
Genre: MG Contemporary Fiction
5 Stars

Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist
Genre: MG Contemporary Fiction
5 Stars


Most Memorable Complicated Family

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Genre: Contemporary Family Drama
5 Stars

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (cover) Image: gold text on light pink (top half) and black (bottom half) background


Most Memorable Mystery

All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny
(#16 in the series)
Genre: Mystery/Detective
5 Stars

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Closed Door Mystery
5 Stars


Most Memorable Memoir

The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir
5 Stars

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir
4 Stars


Most Memorable Nonfiction

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff
Genre: Historical Event, Personal Accounts (oral testimony)
5 Stars

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff (cover)


Most Memorable Young Adult

Clap when You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Genre: Contemporary YA Fiction
4.5 Stars

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (cover)


Most Memorable Literary Fiction

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
5 Stars

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kreuger
5 Stars



Link to Previous Best of Year Posts

Most Recommended Reads of 2017

Most Memorable Reads of 2018

Most Memorable Reads of 2019



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QOTD:

Share your best read of the year in comments! Please?! I’d love to hear!



Happy Reading Book Worms

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