My Favorite Books and Series of 2020

by | Feb 23, 2021 | Best Books of the Year, RA Blog

Romance and Fiction

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston-The president’s son and the prince of England fall in love! So cute! I also loved that the president is a women.

Boyfriend Material by Alexis J. Hall- Fake relationship turns real. I loved how much they cared about each other!

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria- Telenovela…Yes please! This book is exactly what I needed to fill the Jane the Virgin void in my life.

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London- My absolute favorite book of the year! Being a fan of watching the Bachelor franchise and always wishing they would have more diverse leads, this book is exactly what I would love to have to watch on TV. Love is not only for the size 0 person and this lead character is empowering!

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren- A lovely Christmas meets Groundhog Day style romance novel. The main character makes a wish and gets several chances to get her Christmas vacation and life back on track.

The Switch by Beth O’Leary- This was a fun story about a grandma and her granddaughter who switch lives. It’s nice to see how similar they are yet different on how they do things. They fit in each other’s life so easily.

The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez- Both books are part of the Friend Zone series. I love the cast of characters and how their stories made me laugh and cry!


All of these books I listened to because it was the author that was reading their own memoir. All of the books are about strong women.

Becoming by Michelle Obama- I love the Obamas and Michelle is such an inspiration! She is really someone to look up to and thrive to be like.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah- I feel like a knew a lot about Trevor Noah by watching The Daily Show. It turns out that there was so much that I had no idea about. It was about his childhood and the apartheid South Africa. I liked the most how much of how he is, is because of his mother. She is such a strong woman who really raised him the best she could.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle- I had heard such good things about this author. I finally listened to her book and now I know what all the hype was about. She really shows you how to be brave!

Dear Girls by Ali Wong- Hilarious book, but I expected nothing less from this talented lady.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer- I started reading this book when it came out years ago and for whatever reason I stopped. I am really glad that I chose this time to listen to it. It made all the difference. Amy is really funny and narrates this books so well.

Young Adult and Children

American Royals and Majesty by Katarine McGee- What if George Washington would have been our first king instead of president? We would have the monarchy that is in this book. I love to read about altered history and what could have been if different choices were made.

Most Likely by Sarah Watson- I love the friendships of the girls in this book. They are all different, but choose to care about and love each other. I also love that one of them will be a future President of the United States!

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson- I love to see stories where two girls can help each other out instead of hurt one another. Plus, it’s a cute bonus when they fall in love!

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert- I loved reading about teens caring about voting and doing everything they can possible to be counted. It doesn’t hurt to have a little love story thrown in there!

Anna K by Jenny Lee- I went into reading this book not knowing a whole lot about Anna Karenina; as I had never read it. I don’t know if it is a good adaptation of it, but I do know that on it’s own it is terrific. I am very excited that the sequel is coming out soon!

The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell & Benjamin Hart- What the world really needs right now is a book like this! When people are too busy fighting about their differences, what they really need to start talking about more is all the things that they have in common. People needs to learn to be nicer and care for each other more. I love that this book is teaching kids this valuable lesson.

Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak- This book is amazing! I read it to a classroom of kids and we all had a blast. When you need something goofy, this is the book to read!

Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar- I loved the Wayside School books growing up. To my surprise, I saw that Louis Sachar wrote a new book in the series. It was so fun to go back to those silly kids and teachers of the Wayside School.