A Year in Reading: 2020 Edition

Happy New Year everyone! Following the tradition, here’s a year in reading to inspire and encourage your own reading journey (and because I love, love, love reading posts like this, so it’s only fair I contribute my own!)

Books read in 2020: 74


  • Number of books is on par with other years (57 in 2019 (no post for this one!), 70 in 2018, 67 in 2017, 56 in 2016, 55 in 2015)
  • A higher ratio of print books than previously – definitely a reaction to all the Zoom time 2020 brought.
  • A  higher ratio of non fiction – a result of studying, but also all the Thomas Clarkson research I did this year


  • 42 fiction/ 32 non fiction
  • 31 print/ 13 audio/ 30 ebooks

Longest book:

Bleak House by Charles Dickens, seconded by Troubled Blood by J. K. Rowling

Shortest book:

The Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot or Matilda by Roald Dahl


Read the entire Peter Whimsey series by D. L. Sayers

Got up to date on J. K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series

Re-read many of the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King

Finally returned to the Rogue & Knight series by Hilari Bell after a 10+ year break

Notable Mentions: Fiction

Troubled Blood – J. K. Rowling

Gaudy Night & Busman’s Honeymoon – D. L. Sayers

Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton

Piranesi – Sussanna Clarke

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Notable Mentions: Non Fiction

The Art of Pastoring – David Hansen

A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawkings

Together through the Storm – Sally Sims

Our Greatest Gift: Caring and Dying – Henri Nouwen

The Imitation of Christ – Thomas a’ Kempis

The Contemplative Pastor – Eugene Peterson

A quote that stuck with me…

“And what do all the great words come to in the end, but that? I love you – I am at rest with you – I have come home.”

— D. L. Sayers, Busman’s Honeymoon

//So, what were your top reads for 2020? Did you enjoy any on my list? If so, what did you think about them?

ALSO, I’ve been getting into Good Reads recently… I’d love to be friends with you there! If you look me up you can see the rest of the books I read!

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