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  • Writer's pictureAuthor Kim Patton

Top Books From 2020

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

All the books on my top list this year were non-fiction, but I broke them into categories that appeal to different readers of several genres. My hope is that you can find one or two that stick out to you. Any of these are well worth it!

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Faith and Life’s Struggles:

  1. It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered by Lysa TerKeurst

  2. Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was and Who God Has Always Been by Jackie Hill Perry

  3. I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know by W. Lee Warren

  4. Me, Myself & Bob: A True Story about God, Dreams, and Talking Vegetables by Phil Vischer

  5. Longing for Motherhood: Holding On to Hope in the Midst of Childlessness by Chelsea Patterson Sobolik

The Gaffigan’s:

  1. When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People by Jeannie Gaffigan

  2. Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan


1. A Thousand Paper Thoughts: Poems from an Ordinary Mind by Jim Steele (Really, any of his poetry books are a great introduction into modern poetry).

Racial Reconciliation:

  1. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

  2. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown


  1. 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching by Phillip Done

  2. Running Home by Katie Arnold

  3. Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan


  1. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

  2. A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost

  3. The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek


  1. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

  2. Going Solo by Roald Dahl

  3. Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

Reading and Writing:

  1. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

  2. The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

So there you go! Happy reading, my friends! Please let me know if you picked any of these up and what you thought of them. Or find me on Goodreads and let me know there!

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