Community Post: Best Reads of 2020

Well, Savvy Readers, if you can believe it, it’s already that time of year again where we look back on all of the great books we read over the last 300-odd days and try to narrow it down to just a few great ones. Given everything that happened in 2020, it was a little hard to focus entirely on books, but hopefully books were able to provide a bit of respite from the unprecedented stress that this year presented us with. Without further ado, here are the best books we read this year, according to you, the Savvy Reader community!

Dana: For me this year it was American Dirt. What a story. Would make a great movie.

Kristen: The Winemaker’s Wife, The Huntress, Sister Dear. (Too hard to pick 1!)

Betsy: A Good Neighbour

Jenn: Behind Every Lie and An Unwanted Guest

Freda: Unless something drastic happens, which there’s time left, my favourite read for this year is The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher. She is such a talented writer.

Lorraine: The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue is the best book I have read this year.

Audrey: My favourite this year was Red at the Bone. Close runners up were The Dutch House, The Vanishing Half, The Book of Longings, and The Glass House.

Natasha: For 2020 releases, it would be A Heart So Fierce and Broken, but I discovered Jay Kristoff this year and his books are amazing.

Charlene: Only one??? Fredrick Backman’s A Man Called Ove and Anxious People. 

Eileen: It’s a tie between Know My Name and From the Ashes.

Carla: Not all new releases… Historical fiction: I loved Flight Girls so much it made me cry! Educated and A House in the Sky were amazing memoirs. I discovered Lisa Jewell this year, and love all of hers, but The Family Upstairs really stood out for me. Kate Morton is also consistently great: The Clockmaker’s Daughter and The Distant Hours have been my faves from her. Just too many to choose one best!

Brenda: I loved The Henna Artist and right now I’m really enjoying How to Stop Time.

Cathy: Where the Crawdads Sing is on my list of favs for the year.

Sarah: The Spoon Stealer by Lesley Crewe.

Samreen: The German Girl, The Secret Messenger, Woman Before Wallis, Shadows of the Wind

Karen: Kerry Lonsdale’s Side Trip

Maiya: My Dark Vanessa is one of the most impactful and profound books I’ve read this year.

C.R.: I’ve read some excellent books this year, but for me the standout is Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House.

Andrea: I honestly can’t pick one…Sweetland, The Couple Next Door, The Silent Patient, Things in Jars, The Lady in the Lake, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Chestnut Man, Ill Be Gone in The Dark…so many!

Megan: The Library of Legends by Janie Chang – I loved the fresh take on a WWII story, and the subtle blending of historical fiction and fantasy. Fantastic read!

Amy: My Dark Vanessa was my favourite this year. Definitely dark, and not everyone’s cup of tea, but it felt so raw and real.

Lisa: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. I loved every word of this book! Can’t wait till his next one.

Nikki: Of 2020 releases, I would say Confessions on the 7:45 would top my list for thrillers and Wild At Heart for fiction/romance.

Shelly: The Henna Artist is my book of the year.

Freda: Only one isn’t fair, but if I must, Black Flamingo by Dean Atta.

Debi: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek… absolutely the BEST!

Claire: Secret Daughter

Kimberley: Definitely The Starless Sea. I read it on my Kobo and had to buy the hardcover to keep on my shelf. Absolutely breathtaking.

Cassi: Definitely Verity by Colleen Hoover.

Joanne: I loved The Henna Artist and The Library of Legends. Those two stand out for me.

Jennifer: Black Water by David A. Robertson


Maria: Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Nikki: The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

Anna: Has to be Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and the Horse. Not a novel as such, but an absolute must-read/own. Just adored it.

Stephanie: Very tough choice as there were some great novels this year. I would have to say it’s between The Forgotten Daughter by Joanna Goodman or The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline.

Elizabeth: Seven Fallen Feathers.

Amber: Probably American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Could not put it down.

Terri: So many choices. So far I have to say it’s American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, but the TBR pile is large and the year isn’t over!

Liz: I can’t name one… The Henna Artist, The Exiles, My Dark Vanessa, and The Vanishing Half

Neda: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Guy: I have to go with a Non-fiction read – The World: A Brief Introduction by Richard Haass. Just as the title states it is a summery of the basics of world economics broken down by regions with some historical and geopolitical context. Well written subject matter of importance.

Beverley: Where the Crawdads Sing

Rachel: Figuring by Maria Popova.

There you have it, Savvy Readers: the best books we read this year, according to you! Is your favourite book missing from the list? Let us know on Twitter @SavvyReader or in the comments below!

Happy reading,


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