January 15, 2021

2020 Book Roundup

Here is my 2020 roundup of books read! If you’d like, you can check out all the books I enjoyed in 2020 on Goodreads at

Juvenile Reads

Top Favorites

  • City of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Theodore Boone series by John Grisham
  • The League of Beastly Dreadfuls series by Holly Grant
  • Masterminds series by Gordon Korman

Favorite “Quirky” Books

  • Midnight on Strange Street by K.E. Ormsbee
  • Greystone Secrets: The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Remarkables by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury
  • The Last Chance Hotel by Nicki Thornton
  • 13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau

Other Awesome Books

  • Eragon series by Christopher Paolini
  • The Invisible Boy by Alyssa Hollingsworth
  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood

Additional Reads I Enjoyed

  • Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series by Chris Grabenstein
  • The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein
  • Shine! by J.J. and Chris Grabenstein
  • Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes
  • The Library of Ever series by Zeno Alexander
  • Beetle Boy series by M.G. Leonard

YA Reads

Top Favorites

  • The Great Library series by Rachel Caine
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Other Favorites (all mysteries!)

  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  • Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
  • Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson
  • Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro

Additional Books I Enjoyed

  • What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper
  • Abduction! by Peg Kehret
  • This Train is Being Held by Ismee Williams
  • Dangerous by Shannon Hale
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  • The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
  • Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen
  • The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
  • The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
  • Among the Red Stars by Gwen Katz
  • Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith
  • The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes series by Maureen Johnson
  • The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
  • The Night Shift by Robert Enright
  • In 27 Days by Alison Gervais
  • We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Assignment by Liza Wiemer
  • Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
  • Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally
  • Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
  • Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter
  • Waking in Time by Angie Stanton
  • A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
  • Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin
  • The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton
  • Making Friends With Alice Dyson by Poppy Nwosu
  • The Liar’s Guide to the Night Sky by Brianna Shrum
  • I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan
  • The Good Girls by Claire Eliza Bartlett
  • The Art of French Cooking by Brianna Shrum

Saddest Reads

  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • As Many Nows As I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl
  • The Jewel Thief by Jeannie Mobley

Nonfiction Favorites

  • Drive by Daniel Pink
  • Unselfie by Michele Borba
  • Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi
  • A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
  • Zero to One by Peter Thiel


  • Catherine’s War by Julia Billet and Claire Fauvel
  • Survivors of the Holocaust by Kath Shackleton
  • The Thrifty Guides series by Jonathan W. Stokes
  • Killing the SS by Bill O’Reilly
  • Faster by Neal Bascomb
  • The Plot to Kill Hitler series by Andy Marino
  • The Kidnap Years by David Stout
  • Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mallick
  • The Journey That Saved Curious George by Louise Borden
  • Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schutz