Books I’ve Read: 2019 and 2020

I love books. I love talking about books and recommending books, but most of all I love reading books. In light of this, I’m posting the list of books I read last year. Technically this time it’s a year and a half—I started keeping track in June 2019. This list is just MG/YA—join my newsletter  to get the full list, including adult books and nonfiction, plus the books I started but chose not to finish. Any titles with links will take you to the book reviews I’ve posted about them. You’ll see some that I read aloud to my boys (ages 6 and 4). I marked some as rereads, meaning I’ve read them multiple times before. Some of the others I’ve read before as well, but if I read them as a kid I’m not counting that as a reread, since it’s been a while.


Smoky the Cowhorse—Will James

Shadows—Robin McKinley (reread)

Fairest—Gail Carson Levine

Forgive Me, I Meant to do It—Gail Carson Levine

A Tale of Two Castles—Gail Carson Levine

The Language of Spells—Garret Weyr

A Date with Darcy (Bookish Boyfriends)—Tiffany Schmidt

The Creature of the Pines (Unicorn Rescue Society)—Adam Gidwitz

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone–J.K. Rowling (reread)

Sweet Home Alaska—Carole Estby Dagg 

Chalice—Robin McKinley (reread)

What to Say Next—Julie Buxbaum

The Only Alien on the Planet—Kristen D. Randle (reread)

A Tale Dark and Grimm—Adam Gidwitz

Ink, Iron, and Glass—Gwendolyn Clare

Ogre Enchanted—Gail Carson Levine

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban–J.K. Rowling (reread)

The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande (Unicorn Rescue Society)—Adam Gidwitz and David Bowles

Shadows: the Books of Elsewhere—Jacqueline West

The Trumpeter of Krakow—Eric P. Kelly 


Rebel of the Sands—Alwyn Hamilton

Cheshire Crossing—Andy Weir

Jo’s Boys—Louisa May Alcott

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making–Catherynne M. Valente

New Kid—Jerry Craft

Sorcery and Cecelia—Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (reread)

Book of Enchantments—Patricia C. Wrede (reread)

The Sun is Also a Star—Nicola Yoon

The Spiderwick Chronicles (The Field Guide/The Seeing Stone)—Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

Spinning Silver—Naomi Novik

The Hero and the Crown—Robin McKinley

The Ickabog—J.K. Rowling

The Giver—Lois Lowry

The Wind in the Willows—Kenneth Grahame (read aloud with boys)

The BFG—Roald Dahl (read aloud with boys)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire—J.K. Rowling (reread)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—Roald Dahl (read aloud with boys)

Little House in the Big Woods—Laura Ingalls Wilder

James and the Giant Peach—Roald Dahl (audiobook with boys)

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh—Robert C. O’Brien

Awaken—Skye Malone

The Birchbark House—Louise Erdrich

Walk Two Moons—Sharon Creech

The Tale of Despereaux—Kate DiCamillo

Matilda—Roald Dahl (read aloud with boys)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—J.K. Rowling (reread)

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe—C.S. Lewis (read aloud with boys)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince—J.K. Rowling (reread)

Prince Caspian—C.S. Lewis (read aloud with boys)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—J.K. Rowling (reread)

Amulet: the Stonekeeper—Kazu Kibuishi

The Belles—Dhonielle Clayton

Island of the Blue Dolphins—Scott O’Dell

What was the best book you read last year? Leave a comment below!

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