My 2020 Reading List

Happy New Year, everyone!! Here’s hoping 2021 brings some good stuff. I always like to look back on the books I read each year, and right now, I’m excited to say I read more books in 2020 than I had the previous several years. I finished 22 books! And, a huge thank you to Goodreads for the next several images:

Adult Fiction

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Adult NonFiction

On Writing by Stephen King

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Atomic Habits by James Clear

How to Write Fast by Sean M. Platt and Neeve Silver

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Middle Grade Fiction

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George

Thursdays With the Crown by Jessica Day George

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar

Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar

The Trouble With Chickens by Doreen Cronin

I’m happy with the books I read, and now in 2021, I’m hoping to read even more books than I did last year. I’m especially interested in reading as many middle grade books as I can, since I think that will also be my writing focus this year, too. I am, as always, open to change, and if that changes I’m sure I’ll be writing about it here!

To kick off 2021, I’ve already started two books:

~ Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe! So far, it’s extremely cute and fun. Eva is a witch with just a little bit of magic, in a society whose leader feels that any magical person without enough magic should have it stripped away completely. She is fighting to find a way to improve her magical skills in order to prove her place in this magical world.


~ Dr. Proctor’s Fart Powder by Jo Nesbo, which is already funny. Even more awesome, it unexpectedly takes place in Oslo, Norway! (Appealing to me, because I have a smidgen of Norwegian ancestry, and I sing with a Norwegian choir. I love learning about Norway, the Norwegian language, etc., so reading a story set there makes me happy!) It starts off with a girl named Lisa meeting her new neighbor, a small boy named Nilly. The way it’s written is funny and silly, and I am looking forward to seeing where this goes.

Also, I’m excited to find out that Gretchen Rubin’s 2021 challenge is reading daily! I’ll definitely be including the #21in21 hashtag on my instagram book posts. In order to help me keep track, I downloaded a calendar to my phone, and used the “markup” feature to mark days I’ve read for 21 minutes. So far, so good!

You can use a printed one, or digital, or whatever works best for you! Any way you do it, and whether you track it or not, I hope you get lots of reading done this year. Stories make the world a better place.

Happy New Year, friends, and stay safe out there!

Best wishes,


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