Best Books 2020


Hiiii…it’s time to continue the Best of 2020 with books! I haven’t read any good books in a while so I did a little research from Literary Hub. Emily Temple has a list of books, but I will only put five. Some I’ve seen, some I haven’t seen, that have made the website’s list for 2020…

Credit source: Literary Hub


The Ultimate Best Books
of 2020 List

Reading All the Lists So You Don’t Have to Since 2017

December 15, 2020

This year has been “unprecedented” and “unusual” and “an outlier” and “anomalous” and “freakish” and “extraordinary” in many ways. The Covid-19 pandemic has upended our way of life, our topics of conversation, and our entire world. However, some things will always be the same. What I mean to say is: Nothing can stop listicle season.

Yet again, I have scoured the internet to find out which books were recommended most on the “best of the year” lists, consulting 2020 roundups published by everyone from Literary Hub (that would be us) to Apartment Therapy. I read a total of 41 lists, which recommended a whopping 952 different books. But a few were mentioned repeatedly, and you will find those ranked below, by order of frequency of inclusion. Does this mean these books are The Best? Only as much as any popularity contest ever does, I suppose. But if you’re looking to add some books to your holiday reading list, you could do a lot worse.

Here are the results:


Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half

Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half 


20 lists:

Rumaan Alam, Leave The World Behind; cover design by Sara Wood (Ecco, October)

Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind


17 lists:

Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom

Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom


16 lists:

Raven Leilani, Luster

Raven Leilani, Luster
James McBride, Deacon King Kong


15 lists:


Maggie O’Farrell, Hamnet
Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents


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Now for more best books for this year, read these articles below…


That is it. Let me know what books you’ve read this year and why. Now on to the next Best of. 



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