If 2020 has given me one thing, it has brought me back to my love of reading. I have always been a devoted reader. My preferred Saturday afternoon as a child was a trip to Barnes & Noble with my mom for a cupcake and a couple new books for the week. I turned down more playdates than I could count to devour the newest installments in the Harry Potter series. And as much as I'm ashamed to say it, I have read every Twilight book more than once.
In recent years, due to a busy college schedule and the demands of Teach For America, I struggled to find time to read. While I was living in France last year, I reread each Harry Potter book while I traveled around Europe. When I came home for lockdown, I buried myself in an enormous pile of books to pass the time. I discovered many new favorites, reread some classics, and started getting into audiobooks for the first time on my long walks around the neighborhood.
This new audiobook habit led me to the best app of all time: Libby. Libby connects to any library card and allows you to instantly download millions of audiobooks and eBooks. If your book isn't available immediately, you can place a hold and join the queue - just like at the library.
I have spent my entire year checking out books on Libby, and it has become a favorite amongst the Elsie gals as well. Below are a list of our favorite audio and eBooks of 2020. Enjoy!
Our Favorite Audiobooks of 2020
A Promised Land by Barack Obama
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Educated by Tara Westover
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Our Favorite eBooks of 2020 (Or Good Old Fashioned Library Books)
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
The Crying Book by Heather Christie
Circe by Madeline Miller
Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi