Oscar Wilde said: "If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading at all." This sentiment rings true in a year when comfort reading has been king, and likely explains many of the Most Read books of 2020, according to Amazon Charts data. Whether you're revisiting an old favorite like an old friend, or discovering one of those 'it' books for the first time, reading has been a much needed salve in uncertain times.
Here are the top ten tomes readers tapped into in 2020.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K Rowling
I've just added the first one here, but all of the books in J.K. Rowling's beloved series featuring the Boy Wizard made the cut. Who doesn't need a mental escape, and a magical yarn where good triumphs over evil is the perfect tonic for these troubled times.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
In his review, Senior Editor Chris Schluep wrote: "Crawdads is a story lovingly told—one that takes its time in developing its characters and setting, and in developing the story. You’ll want to relax and take your time as well." Take his word for it. You'll be glad you did.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
There is another Obama who released a book a couple weeks ago. Which memoir will win! Regardless, Michelle Obama's Becoming has been a staple on best-seller lists since it was released in 2018, and is still one of the most read memoirs two years later.
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
This compulsively readable, empathy-arousing read about a mother and son who are forced to flee Acapulco for the U.S. after inadvertently getting in the crosshairs of a drug cartel courted quite a bit of controversy, but there is no denying that it also resonated with many readers.
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
Fans of Stephenie Meyer's juggernaut Twilight series have been all too happy to sink their teeth into Midnight Sun, a recounting of Bella and Edward's epic love story from the vampire's point of view.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
It didn't hurt that Reese Witherspoon's production company scooped up Celeste Ng's sophomore effort and adapted the best seller into a hit Hulu series. But I'm very glad that the fact that this book is on the Most Read list means that people are checking out the even better source material.
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
Speaking of Reese, Jojo Moyes' The Giver of Stars was one of her book club picks. The novel, which pays loving homage to the female equestrians who delivered books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's traveling library program, gives librarians their heroic due.
Another book about Winston Churchill? Womp, womp. Ah, but it's written by the same author as The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake, and that changes everything. Whether you are someone who likes to read fiction over nonfiction, or vice versa, Erik Larson's books are always a sure bet.
Available in Kindle Unlimited, this nail-biting memoir about a woman who makes Mommy Dearest look like June Cleaver has been a big hit with readers who appreciate a remarkable story of resilience.
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
This extraordinary memoir chronicles how Tara Westover survived her survivalist upbringing, eventually earning a PhD from Cambridge University. It was the Amazon Books editors' favorite book of 2018, and one we are still enthusiastically recommending.
In this turbulent year, comfort reading has been king. Which tomes have readers been turning to? We reveal the top ten.