Books I Read in 2020


  • These are the books I’ve read in 2020.
  • They’re listed in the order of when I read them, newest at the top.
  • Clicking on a book title will take you to the individual book page where you can read my favorite quotes and, if you’re interested in buying it, follow an (affiliate) link to (my attempt to do my part in reducing Amazon usage).

The Starless Sea Erin Morgenstern Book Quotes Ally Brennan BlogThe Starless Sea—Erin Morgenstern

Year Read: 2020







+top 10 reads

  1. *The Giver—Lois Lowry. (Jonas lives in a world that is emotionless and full of rules. He is assigned a job that involves absorbing all the memories of very different pasts and learning how amazing and terrible the world used to be and could be again. He decides, along with the man giving him all these memories, The Giver, that the world needs to change, and so saves a baby from being killed and leaves the town to seek a new world.)
  2. *Gathering Blue—Lois Lowry
  3. *The Book Thief—Markus Zusak
  4. *The Night Circus—Erin Morgenstern
  5. *Inkheart—Cornelia Funke
  6. *Inkspell—Cornelia Funke
  7. +The Godfather—Mario Puzo
  8. *Inkdeath—Cornelia Funke
  9. *Chasing Vermeer—Blue Balliett
  10. The Butter Battle Book—Dr. Seuss
  11. *Oh, The Places You’ll Go!—Dr. Seuss
  12. *The Lorax—Dr. Seuss
  13. When Sadness Is At Your Door—Eva Eland. (Sadness can appear unexpected like a big blue inconvenient lump, interrupting your daily schedule. But maybe things can change if you invite it in and get to know it and why it’s there. Maybe befriending your sadness can give it the freedom, understanding, and happiness to go do its own thing.)
  14. *Messenger—Lois Lowry
  15. *Son—Lois Lowry
  16. Camgirl—Isa Mazzel
  17. +The Complete Persepolis—Marjane Satrapi

  18. *The Martian—Andy Weir

  19. *The War of Art—Steven Pressfield
  20. The Dutch House—Ann Patchett
  21. The Starless Sea—Erin Morgenstern
  22. *A Million Miles in a Thousand Years—Donald Miller
  23. American Dirt—Jeanine Cummins
  24. Do You Mind If I Cancel?—Gary Janetti
  25. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang—Chelsea Handler
  26. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?—Mindy Kaling
  27. *The Alchemist—Paulo Coelho

28. Jitterbug Perfume—Tom Robbins

Read In: 2023 + 2020

  1. +Reincarnation Blues—Michael Poore
  2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time—Mark Haddon
  3. What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About—edited/curated by Michele Filgate
  4. Earth Is Hiring—Peta Kelly
  5. Southern Lady Code—Helen Ellis
  6. The Water Dancer—Ta-Nehisi Coates
  7. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes—Suzanne Collins

  8. *The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen—Lisa Gungor

  9. *1984—George Orwell
  10. *Waking Up To The Way Of Love—Ted Dekker
  11. This: Becoming Free—Michael Gungor
  12. *Ella Enchanted—Gail Carson Levine
  13. Ogre Enchanted—Gail Carson Levine
  14. +Where the Crawdads Sing—Delia Owens. (Kya is born and raised in the marshes of North Carolina, slowly abandoned by family members one by one, until she becomes closed off and distrustful of other people. She falls in love with Tate but he leaves her to pursue college, so she falls in with Chase who ends up being a womanizer and attempted rapist. She is arrested for the mysterious murder of Chase, found not guilty, and spends the rest of her life in the marshes with Tate, writing nature books, until the day she dies in which Tate discovers she actually did murder Chase and he destroys all the evidence.)
  15. *Howl’s Moving Castle—Diana Wynne Jones
  16. *The Thief Lord—Cornelia Funke. (Detective Victor searches Venice for runaway brothers, Prosper and Bo, who have joined up with a gang of thieving orphans who live in an abandoned theater. Their leader, Scipio aka The Thief Lord, turns out to be neither a thief nor an orphan but a rich boy who steals from his father, but he still takes on a job to find a wooden wing that is part of a magical merry-go-round on a hidden island, which he finds with Prosper and takes a ride on, becoming an adult. Prosper, Bo, and their friend Hornet find a home with Ida, the lady who owned the wing; Scipio becomes an apprentice detective to Victor; and the rest of the orphaned children find suitable homes as well.)
  17. After You—Jojo Moyes
  18. Cheshire Crossing—Andy Weir & Sarah Andersen
  19. *The Tale of Despereaux—Kate DiCamillo
  20. +The Shadow of the Wind—Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  21. Still Me—Jojo Moyes

  22. *On Writing—Stephen King

  23. *Twilight—Stephenie Meyer
  24. *New Moon—Stephenie Meyer
  25. *Eclipse—Stephenie Meyer
  26. *Breaking Dawn—Stephenie Meyer
  27. *I’ll Tell You In Person—Chloe Caldwell

  28. *Little Women—Louisa May Alcott

  29. The Kite Runner—Khaled Hosseini
  30. No One Asked For This—Cazzie David
  31. Such A Fun Age—Kiley Reid
  32. +On Mexican Time—Tony Cohan
  33. Scrappy Little Nobody—Anna Kendrick
  34. The Secret History—Donna Tartt