Old Friends, New Faces, and Old Friends With New Faces: Ten of My Favorite 2020 Reads

I’m hesitant to make a list decreeing my favorite books of the year because, really, I like most everything I read. Ignoring the unfortunate amount of political nonfiction that I regularly torture myself, who has time to spend hours with a book they don’t like? Even with my usual easy-to-please reading habits, I would argue it’s been a stunning year for books, making it harder than usual to narrow a list down to just ten books. But for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, that’s exactly what I’ve been tasked with. Rather than twist the theme into something easier for me, I’m following through with ten books I greatly enjoyed, that impacted me in some way, and that I’ve been thinking about long since I finished their final pages.

Some are books by authors I’ve adored for years, others were completely new to me. They all have one major thing in common: I cannot recommend them highly enough.


VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE: The Fat Girl’s Guide to Being #Brave and Not a Dejected, Melancholy, Down-in-the-Dumps Weeping Fat Girl in a Bikini
by Nicole Byer
illustrated by Kim Newmoney
Goodreads

Auntie Uncle: Drag Queen Hero
by by Ellie Royce
illustrated by Hannah Chambers
Goodreads

Becoming Duchess Goldblatt
by Anonymous
Goodreads

A Deadly Inside Scoop
by Abby Collette
Goodreads

Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen
by Laurie Colwin
Goodreads

A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (And Some Bears)
by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling
Goodreads

Murder Most Sweet
by Laura Jensen Walker
Goodreads

Piranesi
by Susanna Clarke
Goodreads

Sing Me a Secret
by Julie Houston
Goodreads

Wicked As You Wish
by Rin Chupeco
Goodreads


Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.

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  1. I’m not sure why I left off Piranesi in the middle. I was trying out the audiobook version, and it gave me the impression of loneliness and melancholia — stuff that I wasn’t quite looking for in the midst of the pandemic. Or perhaps this is an audiobook effect? I really do need to pick up Piranesi again, because Jonathan Strange is on my Top 10 Books of All Time list.
    Happy TTT and Happy 2021 in advance!

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    1. I can totally understand that, and I do think the book is heavy on the loneliness aspect. For me, it worked, because I found it pretty easy to identify with him considering everything going on this year. But that’s also probably pretty heavy for a lot of people. For such a ‘quiet’ story, it packs quite a punch. If you do give it another go, I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading!

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  2. Piranesi was tops on my list too! And I just heard about A LIbertarian Walks into a Bear and I have to read it. (I used to live in New Hampshire…)

    Wishing you good reading in 2021!

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    1. I almost didn’t check out Piranesi because I figured it was being overhyped and I didn’t want that to cloud my enjoyment if I didn’t absolutely love it … but I absolutely loved it anyway! Glad that it made your list, too. And I can only imagine having a connection to A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear will make it a much richer experience for you. It’s an absolutely wild story.

      Happy reading!

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    1. That’s a really interesting point, and now I wonder if that sense of isolation from this year affected my own enjoyment of the book. I found him awfully easy to connect with … Thank you for giving me something new to consider with that one! Hope you have a wonderful rest of your year … and an even better next!

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  3. So many of these titles and covers are really piquing my interest! The only one I’ve read on here is Wicked As You Wish and I really loved it too. That was my first book by Chupeco and I can’t wait to read more of their books ASAP! Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season 🙂

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  4. The children’s bookshop back home has a Drag Queen Story Tour. I feel confident that Auntie Uncle has made an appearance there! What a lovely cover!

    A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear sounds fascinating. I had to check twice to make sure it was nonfiction!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. I love hearing that! Auntie Uncle would fit perfectly in event like that—and really, it’s just a great book.

      And yes, even with a wild title and blurb like it has, everything in A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear is totally true!

      Hope you have a wonderful rest of your year and an even better new one.

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  5. A very eclectic list Christopher. I just read a review of Piranesi and although it sounded quite good, I am not sure it is for me. There are a few on here that I will be checking out.

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  6. Of course you had a Julie Houston on your list.😉 As to choosing the books for your list, I think your best criteria is “I’ve been thinking about long since I finished their final pages.” What better way to choose your favorite reads?

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  7. I had to laugh at this title: A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (And Some Bears). Love it! Glad to hear the insides were just as good. Great list, and thanks for visiting my post! 🙂

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  8. Interesting list. I’ll have to look up more of the books but my favourite might be “A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear”, sound like the right kind of humour to me. LOL

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

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