Fictionophile’s Top Reads of 2020 – #BookRecommendations

It is that time of year again. When we all reflect back and decide which books will make our favorites list…  I always find this task extremely difficult.  This year I read 108 books, many of them spectacular, making the choices harder than ever.

First I thought I’d share my TOP TWENTY titles that I enjoyed the most overall (in no particular order – with links to my reviews underneath the graphic).

These are a mixture of new releases and backlist titles.

Firewatching” by Russ Thomas
River Bodies” by Karen Katchur
The Silence” by Susan Allott
Mercy House” by Alena Dillon
All in Her Head” by Nikki Smith
Mile Marker 139” by Cynthia Hilston
The Lost Children” by Theresa Talbot
The Creak on the Stairs” by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir
The Sea Gate” by Jane Johnson
Seven Lies” by Elizabeth Kay
Remain Silent” by Susie Steiner
The Hit List” by Holly Seddon
The Song of Hartgrove Hall” by Natasha Solomons
Death Deserved” by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst
Blacktop Wasteland” by S.A. Cosby
The Big Chill” by Doug Johnstone
Grave’s End” by William Shaw
The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant” by Kayte Nunn
The Au Pair” by Emma Rous
The Crossing” by Matt Brolly


Then, because I read a lot of crime fiction, I also want to share my TOP TWENTY CRIME FICTION titles. (I entered the review links beneath the graphic for those titles that are not linked above).

Dear Child” by Romy Hausmann
A Bad, Bad Thing” by Elena Forbes
Strangers at the Gate” by Catriona McPherson
Killing Mind” by Angela Marsons
Nine Elms” by Robert Bryndza
Death of a Mermaid” by Lesley Thomson
His & Hers” by Alice Feeney


And, because there were so many stellar titles that didn’t fit into the crime fiction section, I’m sharing my TOP TWENTY non-crime titles. If crime is not your ‘thing‘, then I’m sure you’ll find some lovely reads here. (Once again, I’ve included links to my reviews for the ones not already linked previously.)

Eudora Honeysett is quite well, thank you” by Annie Lyons
Rules for Moving” by Nancy Star
Summerwater” by Sarah Moss
My Kind of People” by Lisa Duffy
The Authenticity Project” by Clare Pooley
The Boatman, and other stories” by Billy O’Callaghan
The Second Home” by Christina Clancy
The Wife’s Secret” by Caroline England
Miss Benson’s Beetle” by Rachel Joyce
Letters from the Past” by Erica James
The Garden of Lost Memories” by Ruby Hummingbird
Before You Go” by Kelly Heard (aka “The Fortune Teller’s Promise)
The Doll Factory” by Elizabeth Macneal


Now, because you can’t love every book you read… I thought I’d share the four titles that I read in 2020 that I enjoyed the LEAST.  You might have loved these novels, but sadly they were just NOT FOR ME and I cannot in good faith recommend them to others.I’m looking forward to another year of excellent reading.

Hopefully I’ll be tempted by fewer new titles so that I can work on my backlog of review commitments.

Also, in 2021, I want to regain my NetGalley 80% badge and earn my 500 reviews badge.

It has been a dreadful and sadly very different year for all of us. I hope that everyone sees good health, happiness, and a return to normality in 2021.

Thank-you all for your continued support of my book blogging efforts. ♥

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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22 Responses to Fictionophile’s Top Reads of 2020 – #BookRecommendations

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  2. Wonderful list! Really want to read Anxious People. Happy New Year! 😀 ❤

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  3. Wow, it sounds like you had an excellent reading year in 2020! It’s always hard to pick favorites. I haven’t heard about most of these, so thanks for the heads up!

    Hope that 2021 is another year of great books for you!

    Sue
    Book By Book

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  4. This is an excellent list! Thank you for sharing. I’ve been looking to include more crime fiction in my reading list for 2021. This list will do great!

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  5. Carla says:

    I was waiting to see which books you selected as your best. I have read a few, but there are a lot on here that are waiting patiently on my TBR. I am going to save this post so I can refer to it throughout the year. Happy New Year Lynne. 🥂🍾🎉😃

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  6. nsfordwriter says:

    Interesting list, glad you enjoyed so many books this year!

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  7. An amazing list Lynne. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. 108 books! I tip my hat. I just finished Sourdough, a charming and whimsical novel by Robin Sloan. Happy New Year, Lynne!

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  9. Chris Hall says:

    There’s a couple I’ve made a note of, but oh, so many books, so little time 😉

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  10. Just_Me :) says:

    Interesting titles. Noting some of them for future reading. 🙂

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  11. Carol says:

    It’s always fun to look back over the reading year and notice the standouts! Thank goodness we had some marvelous stories this year! Looking forward to a brighter 2021! 🥂🎉

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