Now that I’ve posted my favorite nonfiction of 2020 it’s time to announce this year’s favorite fiction. Of course, it doesn’t matter when these books were published. All that matters is they’re excellent.
When I first sat down to write this post, I feared I hadn’t read enough fiction in 2020 to justify such a list. Lo and behold I soon realized I’d read a number of terrific novels over the course of the year.
- The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
- Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
- Judas by Amos Oz
- Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley
- Beautiful Animals by Lawrence Osborne
- The Letter Writer by Dan Fesperman
- Polar Star by Marin Cruz Smith
- The Last by Hanna Jameson
- The Accomplice by Joseph Kanon
- The Fourth Figure by Pieter Aspe
As for declaring an overall winner, that honor goes to The Angel’s Game by the late Carlos Ruiz Zafón.
Typical of my reading tastes, eight of theses novels are set outside the USA. Lastly, as many as six of these novels could be classified at crime drama and/or mystery. In last year’s post I made a similar observation, leading me to wonder if I’ve developed a taste for these genres. Seeing this trend continue in 2020 it looks like I have.