Top 20 for 2020 – Books to gift this Christmas

The year is not over yet, so it’s a little early for best book lists, but I’ve seen them beginning to pop up and of course, that leads one to question what my own favourite reads of the year have been. I thought it might be fun to put together the list a bit early after all, with the intent of sharing with those of you who might be looking for some ideas on what books to gift your bookish loved ones this year for Christmas. Or, even better, what books are so good they might entice your non-bookish loved ones to pick up a book and give reading a go? These were all released this year and were all five star plus reads for me – the ones that I gave five stars to but really wished there was a six star option, reserved for the best of the best. All are linked back to my original review. Enjoy! 🎄📚



  1. The Survivors by Jane Harper
  2. Honeybee by Craig Silvey

  3. The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy
  4. Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason
  5. The Pull of Stars by Emma Donoghue
  6. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  7. The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte
  8. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
  9. Mammoth by Chris Flynn
  10. The Silk House by Kayte Nunn
  11. The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman
  12. The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester
  13. Gulliver’s Wife by Lauren Chater
  14. The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner
  15. The Salt Madonna by Catherine Noske
  16. The Darkest Shore by Karen Brooks
  17. Walking by Kim Kelly
  18. The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  19. Greenwood by Michael Christie
  20. A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende



12 thoughts on “Top 20 for 2020 – Books to gift this Christmas

  1. A couple of my favourites are on there, oh and I’m loving listening to Walking now, I even keep it playing when I get out the car. There’s several on your list that are languishing on my bookshelf that I really must get to.

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  2. Oh heck, I am so out of sync with the world – I’ve barely even thought about Christmas presents! It just doesn’t feel like it’s really happening, you know? I’m very sure everyone will be getting books though, because they’re the easiest for me to choose and I am both short on time, and lazy. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke is probably going to be stuffed into a few stockings this year. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is also one I’ve given often in the past, always a winner. I hadn’t even thought of Mammoth – it. feels like years ago that I reviewed it, even though it was only a few months! – but that’s another perfect pick!

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      • Maybe because one of the big selling points was that it’s Susanna Clarke’s second novel, released 16 years(!) after her first. It’s completely stand-alone though, and it was one of my most enjoyable (and most surprising!) reads of 2020.

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