Book Club Mom’s Best Reads of 2020

Happy New Year Everyone! I’m all for saying goodbye to 2020, but it’s always good to remember the positives that occurred this past year too. In my case, I read a lot of great books! Today I’m sharing the best of the best.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 

You by Caroline Kepnes

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

A Mother for His Twins by Jill Weatherholt

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Howard Hughes: The Untold Story by Peter Harry Brown and Pat H. Broeske

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

A Hero of France by Alan Furst

Yellow Door by C. Faherty Brown

Members Only by Sameer Pandya

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Near Prospect Park by Lawrence H. Levy

Sadie by Courtney Summers

It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way by Mary Rowen

The Raft by S. A. Bodeen

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

The Last Pilgrim by Noelle Granger

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

I already have some good books lined up for 2021 – how about you?

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

57 thoughts on “Book Club Mom’s Best Reads of 2020

  1. I’m honored to see little Jordan and Tyler on your list, Barbara. I miss those little fellas. Thank you for all of your great reviews in 2020. I’m hoping to see more of you on YouTube in 2021…no pressure! Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Jill – I was just thinking I need to get another YouTube video out there – I want to show off my wall tapestry some more! I love how attached you are to your characters – it shows in your books! Happy New Year and thanks for being such a loyal supporter of my blog and social media!

  2. Hi, Barb – Thank you for sharing these books. I’ve reD 3 from your list and rated all three s five stars (and in a tough critic) My thee were: A Mother for his Twins, A Gentleman in Moscow, and Rebecca.

    1. Hi Books and Bakes – I enjoyed looking at your list, too! So many great books out there. I hope you are having a restful holiday and that your next school sessions go well. 🙂

      1. Haha – you’re such a great supporter. I’ll be working on my next post soon – just finished The Searcher by Tana French. It was a rental from the library and I had to return it so I only have my notes to go by. :0

  3. So many good books! I love seeing You at the top! I was “gifted” the third copy of that book on NetGalley and am looking forward to reading it soon! I hope 2021 brings you many more good books!

    1. Hi Stephanie – I admit some may question why You is at the top. It’s definitely a different kind of excellent read. I thought about that a lot because it’s not exactly literature, but the character development is so very good, I had to put it up there. Thanks for noticing. By the third copy, do you mean her next book, Providence? I didn’t realize she had another one out. I’ll have to take a look. Thanks for the visit 🙂 Read on!

    1. Hi and thanks for stopping by to look at my “Best of” list – I’ve heard of Sourdough but not The Promise – I’m going to have to take a look – thanks for the recommendations!

  4. I’m impressed. How can you find time to read so many and such fantastic books? After all, it’s not that you are single and have nothing else to do! Once I’m done with all my writing and marketing (tough!) I will follow your lead and read more of the ones you have read! Happy New Year!

    1. Haha – there are so many books out there – yesterday I looked at the NY Times 100 Notable Books of 2020 list and I had only read one (Hidden Valley Road). And their Best of 2020 – I had read none! Thanks for stopping by, Tammie. I’ve been spread so thin this fall – hoping to get back to a regular routine! Happy New Year!

  5. Barbara, an eye catching post and love how you’ve presented your favourites of the year! Some here to add to my own for this year! It’s always fun to pop by and chat about books! Happy Reading for 2021 … look forward to you reviews, being introduced to new authors and seeing you on YouTube! X

    1. Hi Annika – I’ve had to learn how to use Canva at work. It’s so great and fairly easy – so I’m using it for some things on my blog. Thank you for visiting. I hope you are doing well. I’ve been crazy busy this fall and haven’t been able to devote as much attention to WordPress. Hoping that will change now. Here’s to great reads in 2021! 🙂

    1. Hi Cathy – I’m an Ann Patchett fan too! Thanks for visiting – looking forward to seeing what you will read in 2021. I thought of you last week because I just finished reading The Searcher by Tana French. I have a feeling you have read her books, is that right? I enjoyed it very much. Makes me want to visit Ireland for sure!

      1. I didn’t realize until recently that In the Woods was part of a trilogy – that’s the only other Tana French book I’ve read, but a lot of my friends have recommended them.

  6. Of your first two sets I have enjoyed All Quiet on the Western Front, Rebecca, and The Moonstone. I am currently working my way through Dickens’s Christmas Books – The Cricket on the Hearth at the moment

    1. Hi Derrick – I do like Dickens – but I’ve only read A Tale of Two Cities and a condensed version of Great Expectations (in high school). I know the story of A Christmas Carol very well, but I don’t think I’ve actually read it. I read A Tale of Two Cities when my son read it for a high school class and thought it was excellent. Thanks for the visit, Derrick.

  7. Lovely to see A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles got 5 stars from you. I have it on my bookshelves, from the library, but I keep picking up other books before it. I will check the review now.

    1. Hi Anca – I’d read Rules of Civility by Towles a few years ago and thought it was just an okay read, but A Gentleman in Moscow is really excellent – I hope you like it if you get a chance to read it. Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  8. I rated A Gentleman in Moscow very high among the books I’ve read recently too. And I’m looking forward to reading the new Tana French book this year, and hope it will be as good as her others. The new book I’ve read most recently is Anxious People, which was very good.

    1. Hi Ann – I just checked out Anxious people from the library and will read it very soon since it’s a rental and due on Wednesday! I just finished The Searcher by Tana French – I liked it a lot but I’m told it’s different from her others. The only other Tana French book I’ve read is In the Woods and I thought that was very good too. Thanks for the visit!

  9. Thanks for your great list, Barbara. I’ve read both books by Colson Whitehead, and Jill’s wonderful books, of course. Liane Moriarty is also a great author, but now I know where to go when I’m ready for new reads. 🙂 Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Lauren – thank you for visiting and taking a look at the books I’ve read. I was so impressed by Colson Whitehead’s books and have enjoyed Jill’s books very much.

  10. Rebecca was one of my favourite reads of the year as well! I finally watched the new Netflix film yesterday, but I thought it was a bit disappointing, unfortunately. Of course, it’s hard to live up to such amazing source material!

    1. I agree – I heard it wasn’t as good, but I haven’t seen it. I’ve read Rebecca twice now and would consider reading it again. Thanks so much for reading and commeting – this reply is terribly late but I’m just coming back after a short break. 🙂

    1. Hi Jeff – oh I haven’t read it yet but it sounds excellent and I always like to read the Pulitzer Prize winners. Thank you for reading and commenting – I’m so behind on my blog, but still busy reading. Just a lot of work and college visits/applications (youngest a sr in hs). Take care and stay healthy 🙂

  11. Thanks for compiling this fab list (with links!), Barbara. I always think I should do an end-of-year best-of something (books always come to mind) but I just get caught up in the holidays and don’t. I need to plan better. Great post full of great reads. Cheers! 🙂

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