Favorite Books of 2020

I find it illuminating every year to look through what I’ve read and watched and, based on my gut reactions and what has stuck with me, select my favorites.  They’re all stories that are my first time experiencing them, since I do a lot of re-reading and decent bit of re-watching.

It’s not surprising to see that these lists are full of escapism. With the exception of Stamped, they’re stories that were captivating and often brought me to other worlds, or at least ones that felt very different from my own. They are all well told with strong characters and voices.  I’m still too exhausted to try to process the collective and individual griefs of the year, but I do know that whatever could hold my attention this year felt all the more precious.

There is no particular order to any of the lists.  The links are affiliate, so thank you so much for using them, shopping through them on your way to something else, or shopping small!

Favorite Books

➕ Emma Lord’s Tweet Cute (now in paperback!)
➕ Renee Watson’s Piecing Me Together 
➕ Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half
➕ Amy Rebecca Tan’s Summer at Meadow Wood 
➕ Jessica Townsend’s Hollowpox
➕ Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age (hardcover under $10)
➕ Kate Milford’s The Thief Knot
➕ Kiran Millwood’s The Way Past Winter
➕ Hilary McKay’s The Skylarks’ War
➕ Jessica Khoury’s The Mystwick School of Musicraft
➕ Adrienne Young’s Fable
➕ Jason Reynolds’ and Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix

Favorite TV Shows

➕ The Babysitters’ Club on Netflix
➕ The Boys on Amazon (NSFW)
➕ Dash & Lily on Netflix
➕ Upload on Amazon Prime
➕ The Mandalorian on Disney+
➕ The Imagineering Story on Disney+
➕ Never Have I Ever on Netflix
➕ Taste the Nation on Hulu
➕ City Bakes on YouTube

Favorite Movies

Frozen 2
➕ Knives Out
the new Little Women
The Lovebirds
Hamilton
Into the unknown: Making Frozen 2

Any favorites we share in common? Any recommendations to start 2021 off right?


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