2020 Books.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

GUYS. I am SOOOOOOO excited for today's post!!!!!!! I have been looking forward to this post ALL YEAR LONG!! 

I'm sure you can tell by the title, but today I am sharing my 2020 book review!! I am so, so, so, SO excited!!!! 

2020 was the year that I rediscovered my love for reading!! I've been a big reader for as long as I can remember, but these past few years I haven't read as much as I would've liked to. So at the beginning of 2020, I set a goal to read 36 books. 3 books a month. Well, I ended up reading 120. 

With all the hardships and time at home in 2020, reading was what got me through it. 

So, without further ado, these are all the books that I read in 2020!! (you can click on the month to read my review!)

J A N U A R Y

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

F E B R U A R Y / M A R C H

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Divergent by Veronica Rothe 

Insurgent by Veronica Rothe

Allegiant by Veronica Rothe 

A P R I L

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Live by Sadie Robertson

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

M A Y

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The One by Kiera Cass

The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Crown by Kiera Cass

The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles

The Kissing Booth 2: Going The Distance by Beth Reekles

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 

J U N E

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Sadie by Courtney Summers

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Blended by Sharon M. Draper

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

J U L Y

The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

Matched by Ally Condie

Live Original by Sadie Robertson

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Messenger by Lois Lowry

Son by Lois Lowry

March by John Lewis

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

A U G U S T

March Book Two by John Lewis

March Book Three by John Lewis

Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Find Layla by Meg Elison

Misery by Stephen King

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

The Queen by Kiera Cass

The Prince by Kiera Cass

The Guard by Kiera Cass

The Favorite by Kiera Cass

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Liked by Kari Kampakis

Deep, Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

All The Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott

The Girl I Used To Be by April Henry

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

S E P T E M B E R

Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

The Shack by William P. Young

Lord of the Flies by William Goldberg

O C T O B E R

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

People Like Us by Dana Mele

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stand

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

N O V E M B E R 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Buzzkill by Beth Fantaskey

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

D E C E M B E R

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn

Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn

Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevado

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

One Day in December by Josie Silver

My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Booked For Christmas by Lily Menon

In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren

For Every One by Jason Reynolds

Me and My White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Okay....Now onto my top books from the year!! This year I decided that it would be more appropriate to rank my top 3 standalones and my top 3 series considering how much I read. 

Let's start off with series!! Here are some of my honorable mentions that *almost* made it into the top 3!!


To All The Boys I've Loved Before series by Jenny Han...


and Shatter Me series by Taherah Mafi!!

Now onto the top 3!!!

Coming in 3rd place is...


The Selection series by Kiera Cass!

I LOVED this series!! It was, once again, another dystopian society, but one like I'd never read before!! The whole "bachelor" concept was so interesting to read about!! The love triangle, the characters, the royalty...I loved it all!!

Coming in hot at number 2 is...


The Hunger Games trilogy!! 

Oh, man. I LOVED this book. All January through March I was obsessed with it!! And yes, all I wanted was to be Katniss. Once again, another dystopian book that stole my heart. The concept of this dystopian society is actually awful but so interesting!! I loved this book so, so, so much and that's why it comes in at number 2!! 

And coming in at number one is....


Twilight by Stephenie Meyer!!

Come on, you all knew this was coming😂😂 

Going into this book, I honestly thought I was never going to like it. And that is exactly why you never judge a book by a cover!! I really don't know what did it, but I fell in love with this book!!!!! Something about it hooked me, and I became obsessed with it!! Ask my family, I can never get enough of Twilight!! 

Okay, now onto the standalones!! 

Here are some honorable mentions!!


On The Come Up by Angie Thomas


Me and White Supremacy by Layla F.Saad


Find Layla by Meg Elison 


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


Punching The Air by Ibi Zoboi


Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo


The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw


Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Now onto the top 3!!

Coming in at number one is...


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

I LOVED this book!! It was such a great story with a great message that was especially meaningful this year. This book is a classic that everyone needs to read!! I loved the characters. I loved the plot. I loved the way it was written. This book is the real and raw truth and everyone needs to read it. 


The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Oh man. This book was so great. I mean there really are no words to describe how amazing and powerful this book is. I would just like to say that this book has some of my favorite characters of all time!! Aibleen is still, to this day, one of my absolute favorite characters that I've ever read about!! And Minny. Spunky and sassy and just so fun and inspiring to read about. I fell in love with this book and its characters, and it definitely deserves its spot at number 2.

Drumroll, please...My number one book of 2020 is....


Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson!!

Man. This book. This book is based on a true story, and it is just awful. This is a book everyone needs to read. And if you are looking for books to educate yourself, I recommend this one 1000000%. Bryan Stevenson is an amazing author, activist, and all-around person. You will find yourself sobbing at these true stories. Stories of brutality. Stories of injustice. It should NOT be this way, and it breaks my heart into a million pieces that it is. NOBODY deserves to be treated this way, and that is why it is our job to read hard books like this and educate ourselves. If I could give you one book to read from 2020, this would be it. I'm telling you, this book is so powerful and YOU NEED TO READ IT. This book is my number one book from 2020 and I stand by that. I read it in January and I still think about it on a daily basis. Read. This. Book.   

Whew!! Friends, that wraps up my 2020 book review!! I hope you enjoyed it and found some good books to read going into 2021!! I'll see you back here, same time, same place tomorrow!!

6 comments

  1. I cannot believe how many books you read in 2020 Ella! I loved Just Mercy too and I love my memory of going to see the movie with you!

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    1. Wow! Going to the movies seems like something from an alternate reality!! Thank you!!

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  2. wow!! that is a lot of books. You should be proud of yourself. great job on the post!!

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  3. Wow! What a great job surpassing your goal by so much. I see so many of my favorites on here-- Divergent series, Matched series, The Help, The Twilight series, The Hunger Games, etc. You might like the Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett. It's listed as science fiction (of which I am rarely a fan) but reads more like a dystopian novel.

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