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2020 Books in Review

We’re avid readers here at A Wild Lass. Even the Lad has reading recommendations.

That’s why every year we post the list of books we read. It’s divided into those we recommend and those we don’t, with sub-sections for what we finished and what we DNFed (Did Not Finish).

This year I’m putting an asterisk by my very favorites, and a ^ by the book club picks.

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Recommended Reading

As promised, here are the best books we read this year. You should probably read them, too.


Ramona Forever by Beverly Cleary - Juvenile

*Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend - YA

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore - chicklit

Stuart Little by E. B. White - Juvenile

*A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman - Fic

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary (audio - narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, great job) - Juvenile

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary (audio) - Juvenile

Ramona’s World by Beverly Cleary (audio - narrated by Stockard Channing, great job) - Juvenile

*Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl - Nonfic (audio - narrated by the author, great job)

^Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen - Romance+

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren - Juvenile

*The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (audio) - Nonfic

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Golberg Sloan - YA

*Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis (audio)

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (sequel to Garden Spells) - Romance+

True Places by Sonja Yoerg - Fic

^The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - Fic

The Bright Side of Disaster by Katherine Center - chicklit

*Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown - Romance+

The Last Testament by Sam Bourne - Fic, Thriller

*Deception Point by Dan Brown - Fic, Thriller

*Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend (2nd in Nevermoor series) - YA

Betsy Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace - Juvenile

Betsy Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace - Juvenile

Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace - Juvenile

Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace - Juvenile

*If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane - chicklit

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C. S. Forester - Fic

Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary - Juvenile

*^It’s Not Me It’s You by Mhairi McFarland - chicklit

*Geekerella by Ashley Poston - Romance+ (#1 Once Upon a Con series)

*Here’s Looking At You by Mhairi McFarland - chicklit

The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth - Thriller

Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh - Historical Romance

Someone to Remember by Mary Balogh - Historical Romance

*Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis

The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber - mystery

^Fablehaven by Brandon Mull - Middle Grade fantasy

*The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A Flynn - chicklit

*^The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal - Fic

*First Impressions by Charlie Lovett - historical fiction

*Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center - Romance+

The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts - YA

Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider - teen romance

*The Island by Elin Hilderbrand - Romance+

Rosie Hopkins Sweet Shop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan - chicklit

*The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren (actually two authors together)- Romance

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert - Romance

^The Edge by Dick Francis - mystery/thriller

*The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (actually two authors together)- Fic

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams - chicklit

*American Royals by Katharine McGee - Futuristic teen chicklit

Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne - Romance

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin - chicklit

*The Bookworm Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts (sequel to The Replacement Crush) - YA

*The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs - chicklit

Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins - Fic

Beach Read by Emily Henry - Chicklit

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London - Romance+

^The Guest List by Lucy Foley - Mystery

Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crighton - Thriller

Micro by Michael Crighton - Thriller

*Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - chicklit

500 Miles from You by Jenny Colgan - Romance+

Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge - Romance

*What You Wish For by Katherine Center - Romance+

The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson - Romance

The New Testament (Bible) - history, spirituality

Majesty by Katharine McGee (#2 American Royals series) - futuristic teen chicklit

*Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore - Fic

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella - Romance

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren - Romance

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren - Romance

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid - Fic

Persuasion by Jane Austen - Fic

A Highlander is Coming to Town by Laura Trentham - Romance

*A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness - Fic Fantasy (#1 All Souls Trilogy)

^25 Days Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander - Romance+

A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday - Romance

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin - chicklit (#1 Darcy and Rachel)

Well Met by Jen DeLuca - Romance+


Normal People by Sally Rooney - Fic

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard - Fantasy

How to Be A Heroine by Samantha Ellis - nonfic

Lady Killers by Tori Teller - nonfic

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson - nonfic

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (audio)

Confections of a Closet Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado - nonfic

Love and Olives by Jenna Evans Welch - teen fic (#3 Love and Gelato series)

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik - teen fantasy

Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren - Romance

Don’t Recommend

These are the books we didn’t like, and we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t like them, either.


Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake by Barbara Park - Juvenile

Arthur Celebrity Readings by Marc Brown (audio) - Juvenile

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider - YA

The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson (audio) - Romance

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro - Fic

I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter - YA

Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower - Mystery

Winterhouse by Ben Guterson - Middle Grade

The Witches by Roald Dahl - Juvenile


^Less by Sean Andrew Greer - Fic

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott - Fic

^The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney - Fic

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - Middle Grade

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michael Richardson (audio) - Fic

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige - dystopia, Fantasy

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heap by H. G. Perry - Fic

The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost - travelogue

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston (#2 in Once Upon a Con series)

Love in Lowercase by Francesca Miralles - Romance

The Lost Queen by Signe Pike - Fantasy

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick - Fic

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon - Romance

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell - Teen fantasy

The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck - Fic

And Murder Makes Three by Ayelet Waldman - Mystery

The Ickabog by J. K. Rowling - Juvenile

Bel Canto by Ann Pratchett - Thriller

^The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - Fic

Well-Behaved Indian Women by Saumya Dave - Fic

The Lido by Libby Page - Fic

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce - Fic

^Dear Girls by Ali Wong - nonfic

The Transatlantic Book Club by Felicity Hayes-McCoy - Fic

Words on the Page

What are some books you read in 2020? Do you have any reading goals for the year?

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