Books Read In 2020

Books Read in 2020:


  1. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  2. The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  3. The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda, translated from the Japanese by Alison Watts (Japanese Literature Challenge 13)
  4. On The Bus in the Rain by Haruka Kimura (JLC13)
  5. The Dancing Girl of Izu by Yasunari Kawabata (JLC13/Deal Me In Challenge)
  6. The Drifting Classroom by Kazuo Umezz (JLC13)
  7. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro (JLC13)
  8. Malice by Keigo Higashino (JLC13)
  9. Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham (Edgar Award nomination for Best Novel)


  1. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (Edgar Award nomination for Best Novel)
  2. Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland (Edgar Award nomination for Best Novel)
  3. The River by Peter Heller (Edgar Award nomination for Best Novel)
  4. Real Life by Adeline Dieudonné (translated from the French by Roland Glasser)
  5. Mr. Miller by Charles Den Tex (translated from the Dutch by Nancy Forest-Flier, for Boekenweek 2020)
  6. The Dutch Maiden by Marente de Moor (translated from the Dutch by David Doherty, for Boekenweek 2020)


  1. The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (Japanese Literature Challenge 13, read-along)
  2. The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder, Booker International Prize 2020 long list)
  3. The Enlightenment of The Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (translated from the Persian by an anonymous translator, Booker International Prize 2020 long list)
  4. Faces on The Tip of My Tongue by Emmanuelle Pagano (translated from the French by Sophie Lewis and Jennifer Higgins, Booker International Prize 2020 long list)
  5. Red Dog by Willem Anker (translated from the Afrikaans by Michiel Heyns, Booker International Prize 2020 long list)
  6. Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann (translated from the German by Ross Benjamin, Booker International Prize 2020 long list)
  7. Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin (translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell, Booker International Prize 2020 long list)
  8. Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor (translated from the Spanish by Sophie Hughes, Booker International Prize 2020 long list)
  9. The Other Name by Jon Fosse (translated from the Norwegian by Damion Searls, Booker International Prize 2020 long list)
  10. The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezon Camara (translated from the Spanish by Fiona Mackintosh and Iona Macintyre, Booker International Prize 2020 long list)
  11. The Forest of Wood and Steel by Natsu Miyashita, translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel


  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (free Audible book during Corona Virus, listened to while sewing face masks)
  2. Malicroix by Henri Bosco (translated from the French by Joyce Zonana, read along for nyrb)
  3. Backlight by Kanji Hanawa (Red Circle Mini Book, Japanese)
  4. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerarld (#1920 Club)
  5. The Force by Don Winslow
  6. The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow
  7. The Cartel by Don Winslow


  1. The Border by Don Winslow
  2. Broken by Don Winslow
  3. The Book of V. by Anna Solomon
  4. Redhead by The Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
  5. The New Husband by D. J. Palmer
  6. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Nobel Prize winner)


  1. Satori by Don Winslow
  2. Savages by Don Winslow
  3. Safe by S. K. Barnett
  4. The Gentleman’s Hour by Don Winslow
  5. Weather by Jenny Offill
  6. Shadow Garden by Alexandra Burt
  7. A Man by Keiichiro Hirano (Japanese)


  1. The Vacation by Logan
  2. The Cave by Jose Saramago (translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jill Costa)
  3. The Cathedral by The Sea by Ildefonso Falcones (Spanish Lit Month) Half-read
  4. The Death and Life of Bobby Z by Don Winslow


  1. A Million Drops by Victor Del Arbol (Spanish Lit Month) Half-read
  2. All This I Will Give to You by Dolores Redondo (Spanish Lit Month/WIT Month, translated from the Spanish by Michael Meigs)
  3. The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow


  1. S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst (for the R.I.P. XV)
  2. Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara (read-along with Wuthering Expectations)
  3. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (Book Club)
  4. The Bell in The Lake by Lars Mytting (translated from the Norwegian by Deborah Dawkin)
  5. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (for the R.I.P. XV)
  6. Find Me by André Aciman


  1. The Searcher by Tana French (R.I.P XV)
  2. The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck (R.I.P. XV, Finnish)
  3. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (Women’s Prize for Fiction winner)


  1. The Lost Resort by Susie Holliday
  2. Too Good to be True by Carola Lovering
  3. You Would Have Missed Me by Birgit Vanderbeke (German Lit Month, translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch)
  4. Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen (translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett)
  5. Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci
  6. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Finished the ESV Study Bible begun in January, 2020..

15 thoughts on “Books Read In 2020”

    1. I’m not so sure it’s exhaustive, but I appreciate your comment.😉 I do try to read a lot (of fiction) from around the world, which enriched my life and understanding so much. Many blessings on your new year, too.


    1. That’s so funny how you noticed what I did with Don Winslow! I read everything our library had because once I read The Force, I knew he was the perfect escape for 2020 stress. So nice to have “met you” this year, Judy.


  1. I like your organized list! Every January, I vow to get more organized about tracking my annual reading, and my system always falls apart before the end of the first month. Your list post makes me think I should try tracking in WordPress and just keep a draft post going all year. (Is that what you do, and then you can just hit the Publish button at the end of the year?)
    I think I’ve read only about half a dozen of the books on your list, but there’s a lot of overlap with my TBR! Happy New Year!


    1. There are so many ways to organize one’s reading, but I find if they are too complicated I get bogged down. What works for me is to open a page in WordPress, put the month at the top in bold, and add every book I read that month using a list block. It is always available in the menu of my blog, but at the end of the year I do as you say: hit publish with a post. I hope this may work for you? Glad many of our books overlap, especially in your TBR pile. You probably won’t be disappointed with what you open from there!

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  2. We read four of the same books! Your list includes several I want to read, in particular Little Eyes. I’ve heard so many good things about that one. Wishing you a happy new year!

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    1. Remember talking about The River with you…it was so disturbing to me! Like the film Deliverance, in a way. But, I would like to read the nominations for the Edgar Award Novel this year, too. They were fabulous books! And, do try Winslow! Wow, I could not put him down this year. Maybe start with his police book, The Force? The Power of the Dog series is quite violent with the drug cartels, but also mesmerizing.


  3. You read some excellent books in 2020. Happy New Year!! Just wanted to pop by to say hello. I am catching up on my blog reading today. It’s funny how the days get away from you when one is off from work, as I have been since 12/14.


    1. I had my ten favorites on the earlier post, but it is rather obscure to find…my favorites for include The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, for sure, and also Hamnet. But, I loved The Bell in the Lake and The Other Name, too, which are both Norwegian. ☺️

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