Fifteen Incredible Books I Read in 2020

Our generation is sure to remember the year 2020 for the rest of our lives. In these tough times, books kept me company (what else can you expect from a book blogger). They helped me escape from all the sadness and negativity that this year heaped upon us.

Let’s have a look at the fifteen books that I enjoyed reading the most in 2020. These are the books whose stories are still fresh in my mind despite having read (at least some of them) months ago. They are from a variety of genres – thrillers, literary fiction, historical fiction, and fantasy.

Fifteen Incredible books I read in 2020 - Debjani's Thoughts Book blog
Fifteen Incredible books I read in 2020

Bird Cottage by Eva Meijer

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre: Literary fiction

Meijer’s Bird Cottage is a unique novel  based on the life and research of Gwendolen Howard, a British naturalist and musician, that weaves biographical facts with fiction. This book with its pretty cover and gorgeous writing will surely touch your soul.

Read the full review here.

Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre: Fantasy

Pirates, magical creatures, ships, islands, and a great coming-of-age story. What more do you need from a YA fantasy?

The first book in the Frith ChroniclesKnightmare Arcanist, by Shami Stovall, engrossed me from the first page and kept me interested till the last.

Read this. You won’t be disappointed.

Full review here.

BIRD IN A SNARE BY N.L. HOLMES

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Bird in a Snare by N.L. Holmes

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

A fourteenth-century Egyptian diplomat’s investigation of a murder further complicated by the new king’s religious reforms. This was a beautifully written historical whodunit.  The book not only provided me the satisfaction of reading a mystery tale, but also a tale full of political intrigue and courtroom drama.

Read the full review here.

THE COLLECTOR BY JOHN MAHER

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Collector by John Maher book cover

Genre: Thriller

An action-packed thriller involving a forensic linguist featuring a gutsy female detective, Lucy O’Hara.

Read the full review here.

THE CHILD WHO NEVER WAS BY JANE RENSHAW

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Child Who Never Was by Jane Renshaw book cover

Genre: Thriller

Sarah’s toddler, Oliver, has gone missing, but no-one believes her. Not even her beloved twin sister, Evie, who she loves more than herself.

Because she never had a son.

The child she is mistaking for her own is Evie’s son, James. But is he?

This was a provocative and stunning psychological thriller with a twist that blew away my mind.

Read the full review here.

SECURE THE SHADOW BY MARION GRACE WOOLLEY

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Secure the Shadow by Mari0n Grace Woolley book cover

Genre: Mystery

The story of three lives, spanning the history of photography and our relationship with mortality.

Secure the shadow, ere the substance fades.

This was a terrific book. Woolley’s beautiful prose pulled me right into this engrossing tale revolving around photography, death, and grief.

Read the full review here.

THE MOUNTAINS SING BY NGUYỄN PHAN QUẾ MAI

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai book cover

Genre: Literary fiction

It is a poignantly written story that charts the journey of generations of Trần family as they face severe adversities for more than two decades during the Việt Nam War and the infamous Land Reform of North Vietnam. Don’t miss this one.

Full review here.

WE ARE NOT FREE BY TRACI CHEE

Rating: 5 out of 5.
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee book cover

Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Moving and powerful, Traci Chee’s We Are Not Free is one of the best books I have read so far in 2020. It is a collective account of fourteen second-generation Japanese American teens who are rooted overnight from their homes, along with their families and forced into incarceration camps during World War II by the United States government. Don’t miss this one.

Full review here.

BROTHER’S KEEPER BY JULIE LEE

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Brother’s Keeper by Julie Lee book cover
Brother’s Keeper by Julie Lee

Genre: Historical Fiction, Middle Grade

Brother’s Keeper by Julie Lee charts a North Korean family’s harrowing escape from its country’s oppressive regime to the democracy of South Korea. Braving border guards, napalm, frostbite, air raids, bombings, and the bitterly cold Korean winter, can this family arrive unscathed at their destination? You will have to read the book to find out.

Full review here.

SET THE STARS ALIGHT BY AMANDA DYKES

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes book cover

Genre: RomanceHistorical Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Christian Fiction, Mystery

A truly magical and romantic novel. A story of love, hope, friendship, community, and devotion. It is also a story of courage and finding the truth.

Don’t miss this one. You can read the full review here

AN UNUSUAL BOY BY FIONA HIGGINS

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre: Mystery, Contemporary Fiction

This is a gripping, well-written, smoothly flowing tale of mystery. It is taut with suspense yet so heart-warming and inspirational.

You can read the full review here.

THE MURDER CLUB BY NIKKI CRUTCHLEY 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Genre: Thriller

The lives of Miller, Cassie and Logan – all affected differently by murder – become entwined as a serial killer strikes in the small town of Lentford, New Zealand.

This is a well-written, small-town, character-centric, crime fiction set in New Zealand.

You can read the full review here.

Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre: Thriller

In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, all experience the most intense three hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption.

This is a brilliant thriller taut with suspense, brimming with action, and peopled with relatable characters.

You can read the full review here.

The Tigers in the Tower by Julia Golding

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
The Tigers in the Tower by Julia Golding book cover
The Tigers in the Tower by Julia Golding

Genre: Middle grade

Sahira’s family is traveling to England to deliver two tigers to the menagerie in London. However, they fall prey to sickness leaving Sahira alone in the care of people who want nothing to do with her.

It is an enchanting tale full of action and adventure.

You can read the full review here.

A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton

Rating: 4 out of 5.
A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton

Genre: Middle grade

The wolves do not trust humans or witches. Yet, when her pack is in danger, Zima, a young wolf, is forced to take Baba Yaga’s help. But Baba Yaga does not help for free. She wants something from Zima – her keen sense of smell. The result – Zima switched bodies with Baba Yaga, who flees into the forest to set her secret plan to fruition. Meanwhile, Nadya, an orphan girl, visits Baba Yaga seeking her help. How will Baba Yaga, Zima, and Nadya help each other and help their beloved forest?

Wolves, Witches, forests – my favorite concoction in the world. I am glad to say Karah Sutton’s A Wolf for a Spell brewed this concoction perfectly. It was enchanting Russian folklore retelling.

You can read the full review here.

If you liked this post, consider supporting my blog through donations on Ko-fi. You can also follow me on Twitter and Goodreads.

Pin me!

Fifteen Incredible Books I Read in 2020 - pinterest pin
Fifteen Incredible Books I Read in 2020

Author: debjani6ghosh

I started this blog to discuss books that I read and movies that I watch. But the blog may not be purely restricted to that!

13 thoughts on “Fifteen Incredible Books I Read in 2020”

  1. Lovely list😁 I see lots of thrillers here I’d live to read. I also was surprised to find that books I read much earlier in the year made a big impact on me and ended up on my “best books” list😁

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.