My Favourite Books of 2020

2020. A year of sheer madness that will undoubtedly end up in the history books for all the wrong reasons. For me personally, little changed. Thank goodness I don’t live in America and I feel like I’ve been practicing for this hermit life since I was born. And yet, somehow my reading was severely impacted. I didn’t read as much as I did in previous years, nor did I even feel like reading most of the time. As the end of the year drew closer and closer, I revised my Goodreads challenge and as things currently stand I still failed to achieve the goal I set. First time that’s happened since I started joining that particular challenge. I’m disappointed, with myself, but it is what it is.

That means though, that the books on this list are extra special. The ones that pulled me in from the start; the ones that were able to hold my attention until the very last word; the ones that, for a few hours at least, made me forget everything around me. The ones that provided the perfect escapism and made 2020 that little bit better!

Note : All books published this year.

Here we go. With links to my reviews if I wrote them.

Kiran Millwood Hargrave – The Mercies
Megan Goldin – The Night Swim [my review]

Simone St. James – The Sun Down Motel
Catherine Ryan Howard – The Nothing Man [my review]

Fredrik Backman – Anxious People
Mike Gayle – All The Lonely People [my review]

Riley Sager – Home Before Dark
Will Carver – Hinton Hollow Death Trip [my review]

Paul Cleave – Whatever It Takes [my review]
Eve Smith – The Waiting Rooms [my review]

C.J. Cooke – The Nesting
Clare Whitfield – People of Abandoned Character

| TOP 5 |

Louise Beech – I Am Dust [my review]
Lucy Atkins – Magpie Lane [my review]

C.J. Tudor – The Other People [my review]
Jennifer Hillier – Little Secrets [my review]

| And Novel Deelight’s Book of the Year award goes to ….. |

I knew it from the moment I finished it that We Begin At The End would be my book of the year. I never reviewed because I couldn’t put into words how fabulous this novel is and I still can’t. Trust me though, when I say, that Chris Whitaker is an extraordinarily talented writer and he undoubtedly deserves a spot on your shelves! I have a feeling you’ll be seeing this book a lot of end-of-year-lists.

And there you have it. My favourite books of the year. Have you read any of them? Would you like to? Which books made your list? Thoughts? Suggestions? Criticism? Let me know in the comments!

A massive thank you to authors and publishers everywhere! Thank you to YOU, my lovely fellow bloggers and readers for your enthusiasm, your support, your comments and for sharing the book love. It’s been a tough year all around but thank goodness for books and our wee community. We made it and let’s hope 2021 treats us all far, far better! ❤️

  30 comments for “My Favourite Books of 2020

  1. December 30, 2020 at 11:49 am

    I also enjoyed The Night Swim and Sun Down Motel

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  2. December 30, 2020 at 11:58 am

    I’m behind on my GR challenge, as well as reviews. I’ll probably end up not reviewing quite a few. Here’s to a safer and happier 2021 😘

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  3. December 30, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    I haven’t read as many books as last year either which is strange because I didn’t pick up any other hobby. I have several of your list I still want to read (The Nothing Man, Little Secrets, All The Lonely People) and I’m going to read Home Before Dark as one of my next books so good to know you loved it so much. The only one I read is I Am Dust and I remember loving it very much as well. Now I feel guilty for not putting it on my list! Have a great new year Eva!

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  4. December 30, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Fab list Eva especially with We Begin at the End being your top read! xx

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  5. December 30, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    We Begin at the End is also my top read of the year. I still need to read The Nothing Man. Great list!

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    • January 6, 2021 at 11:06 am

      It seems to have topped many lists! I can’t wait for his next one. And I’m sure you’ll enjoy Nothing Man too, Jacob.


  6. December 30, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    Loving your list, Eva💜 So many of these are on my shelf to be read and this makes me happy!

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    • January 6, 2021 at 11:06 am

      This makes me very happy too. You have a lot of great books to look forward to! xx

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  7. December 31, 2020 at 12:13 am

    Oh, but what a fantastic list this is! We share many favorites, including We Begin At The End, I Am Dust, The Nesting, The Waiting Rooms, Anxious People, The Sun Down Motel, The Night Swim and Hinton Hollow Death Trip too. So many others are on my TBR too! Here’s to 2021 treating us better and hopefully will make you want to read more again. xx

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  8. December 31, 2020 at 1:19 am

    The Sundown Motel and Home Before Dark made my favorites of the year too!

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    • January 6, 2021 at 11:07 am

      Excellent choices! Riley can sometimes be a bit hit or miss with me but this one was fabulous!

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  9. December 31, 2020 at 2:16 am

    Several on here that I loved, including We Begin at the End and Little Secrets. Great wrap up. Happy New Year, Eva.

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  10. January 1, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Ah, I’d been wondering who tempted me to add The Sundown Motel to my wishlist – so it was your fault, eh? Glad you found lots of good stuff even during this horrible year. Here’s to 2021 – Happy New Year! 😀

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    • January 6, 2021 at 11:10 am

      I never reviewed it so I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me but since it’s now on your wishlist I’ll gladly take responsibility for it anyway. 😏

      Wishing you all the very best for the new year! (Even though you’re back in that lockdown stage again; things will get better!) Thanks for all the laughter in 2020! It helped. A lot. 😘

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      • January 7, 2021 at 6:49 pm

        Likewise! Thank goodness for online buddies – it reminds me there actually is still a world beyond my prison door… 😀

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  11. January 1, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Happy New Year Eva! Great wrap up x

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  12. January 4, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    Great list, a few on there I have read and I agree why they are on your list. I have seen the Chris Whittaker one on several top reads list and I must read my copy soon. As always its a case of finding the time. I wish you all the best for 2021, love to you and yours xx

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    • January 6, 2021 at 11:15 am

      Chris topped so many lists that people were getting bored with seeing his name and book everywhere, I think 😂. But it was so deserved.Hope you find the time soon so you can see why we all loved it so much!

      Happy 2021! 😘

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  13. January 5, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    I definitely need to read Chris Whittaker. I loved the Night Swim. It was so much deeper than I thought it would be. Thanks for sharing this list hence all the recommendations. May 2021 be good to all of us ❤

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    • January 6, 2021 at 11:21 am

      Couldn’t agree more about The Night Swim. I didn’t see that depth coming at all. Everyone needs to need Chris Whitaker!

      Happy 2021, Diana! xx


  14. January 10, 2021 at 12:22 am

    I love viewing your favorites, Eva, and especially seeing Magpie Lane here because I just received that one and hadn’t read much about it. Happy New Year filled with amazing reads and good health! ❤️

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    • January 20, 2021 at 11:44 am

      I completely missed this comment, Jen! I’m so sorry! Ridiculously belated Happy New Year to you and yours! 😘


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