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My Favorite Books of 2020

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

As the year 2020 has almost come at an end, it’s time to take a look back at our favorite reads of the year. And boy, do I have a list for you. I just couldn’t reduce the list to only ten, so that’s saying something. As crappy as 2020 may have been in general, at the very least I got some amazing reads in, so silver lining!

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I need more Alex and Dawes and Darlington and I need it now!

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

I cried throughout the entire last third of this book, so needless to say it’s amazing and epic.

Aurora Rising and Aurora Buring by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Read both of these in 2020 and fell in love with squad 312 immediately. The humor, the sarcasm, the found family and most importantly the character of Finian because of course I love the sarcastic alien the most.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I listened to this on audio and then I immediately purchased the hardcover, because I just needed a copy of this for my shelves. Badass librarians, sentient books and sassy sorcerers for the win.

Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie

This book was like Star Wars, but gay and with a little complicated ‘friends who are actually enemies but also love each other’ thrown in there.

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

This story about a woman switching places with her grandmother for a month was so heartwarming and adorable.

Upside Down by N.R. Walker

This was the most wholesome and loveable story about asexuality I’ve ever read.

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Fake dating between a chaotic disaster and an uptight lawyer provides lots of hilarious shenanigans, but also all the heartwarming adorableness and swoons.

Loveless by Alice Oseman

Ace rep by Alice Oseman and wow, this book definitely lived up to its hype.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Two writers stuck in writer’s block spend the summer in neighbouring beach houses and despite to swap genres to try and get them out of their writer’s block. This was amazing and fun and way deeper and messier than expected.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and IT EXCEEDED ALL EXPECTATIONS. Trans boy wants to prove he’s a brujo to his family by summoning a ghost – except he summoned the wrong ghost and is falling for said ghost. I love Yadriel and Julian with all my heart.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

I HAVE RE-READ THIS BOOK ALREADY 2-3 TIMES THIS YEAR AND I HAVE ZERO REGRETS. If I just had to pick one 2020 favorite, this beautiful story about found family would be it.

All the Annette Marie books

I know, I know, I am getting predictable with all this Annette Marie raving but also, I don’t care because these books are amazing and I love each and every one of them so much. This year we had the final books in the Spellbound series, the series that started it all, and it was EPIC. We also had the final books in the Demonized series, which I loved nearly as much or even more (depending on my mood of the time) than the Spellbound series. AND there was a new spin-off in the Guild Codex world, and its main character Kit Morris may have become my favorite character of the entire guild codex world.

The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost

This is an older series that I only just got into this year after a recommendation by Sophie at Beware of the Reader and I FELL IN LOVE immediately. This series has it all: lots of action and adventure, intriguing characters, a ton of humor and sass and one of the most perfect romances I’ve ever read because Cat and Bones are just perfect together.

From Blood and Ash / A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Though I wasn’t immediately hooked on From Blood and Ash, the story stayed with me months after reading. And then I read the sequel, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire and HELLO NEW OBSESSION!

A Reaper at the Gates / A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

I re-read the first two books in the series so I could immediately binge-read the final two books afterwards and it was the best reading experience of 2020. I adore this series and the finale was both heartbreaking and yet satisfying.

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49 Comments

  1. Sorcery of Thorns looks so good, and the Marie books as well. Have seen so may good reviews of those!

    Hope you have a great New Year!!!

    1. I’d definitely recommend them πŸ™‚
      Thanks, hope you’ll have a great New Year too!

  2. The Switch sounds super fun. I also really want to read The House on the Cerulean Sea, it’s getting so much love!

    1. Oh, I’d highly recommend The House on the Cerulean Sea πŸ˜‰

  3. Mareli Thalwitzer says:

    Ninth House made my list as well and The Switch and House on the Cerulean Sea are both on my TBR list.

    Here’s to hoping 2021 will bring some great books for you to read Lindsey!

    Happy New Year!

    Elza Reads Favorite Top Top Ten for 2020

    1. Ninth House was amazing for sure! Hope you’ll enjoy both The Switch and the Cerulean Sea when you get to them πŸ™‚
      Wishing you a Happy New Year too!

  4. I recently got Ninth House! Curious to see what I will think.I’ve heard such good things about TJ Klune as well.

    1. Oh, hope you’ll enjoy Ninth House! I only read one TJ Klune book, but I definitely want to discover more too πŸ™‚

  5. We got Ninth House (that was a re-read), House of Earth and Blood, Sorcery of Thorns in common! And I love seeing the Night Huntress series on your post too. I just love it so much. I miss Cat and Bones!

    1. Ah, those are three of my all-time favorites πŸ™‚ The Night Huntress series is one series I’m super happy to continue into the next year, definitely one of my fave 2020 discoveries πŸ™‚

  6. Great list! I need to read The House in the Cerulean Sea and Sorcery of Thorns, and I’ve heard so many good things about House of Earth and Blood that I need to give it a try.

    1. Thanks! Hope you’ll enjoy all of these when you get to them πŸ™‚

  7. lydiaschoch says:

    I can’t wait to read Cemetery Boys.

    My post.

    1. Hope you’ll enjoy!

  8. I’ve been seeing Beach Read on a lot of lists today; I definitely need to make time for it soon!

    1. Hope you’ll enjoy Beach Read when you get to it!

  9. I, too, enjoyed The Switch.

    1. The Switch was indeed a great book πŸ™‚

  10. Great picks! Cemetery Boys made my top ten. πŸ™‚

    1. Yay, Cemetery Boys was amazing for sure πŸ™‚

  11. Yay for Ninth House!! I can’t wait for the next one either.

    I hope you have a lovely 2021! <3 <3

    1. Ninth House was absolutely amazing! Already aching for a re-read πŸ™‚
      Thanks, have a great 2021 too!

  12. Yay! Ninth House made my list, too. I’m hoping to read The House in the Cerulean Sea soon.

    1. Ninth House was absolutely amazing! Hope you’ll love Cerulean as much as I did πŸ™‚

  13. That’s a lot of fantasy. I don’t read much fantasy myself, but really need to find some good books to get me going and it looks like this is the kind of list to make note of! πŸ˜€

    1. Haha yeah I’m definitely a huge fantasy reader πŸ™‚ Hope you found some books that may interest you!

  14. I meant to read Sorcery of Thorns this month but I just haven’t got around to it! Definitely a priority for next year.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/12/29/top-ten-tuesday-296/

    1. Hope you’ll enjoy Sorcery of Thorns this year πŸ™‚

      1. I hope so too, it’s definitely high priority for this year after not getting around to it last year.

  15. Beach Read didn’t make my list today, but I did really enjoy reading it. I wish they had marketed it differently, but oh well. Still a good read.

    1. So true about the marketing for Beach Read! I’m lucky that I read a few reviews that warned me before I picked it up, so I think my expectations were more correct than they would have been if I had picked it up without reading any reviews.

      1. I feel like it might have been a 5 star read had I known going in.

  16. Maureen Bakker says:

    What a great list!! From Blood and Ash and A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is definitely on my favorite list too!! I love that series and can’t wait to read the next book!

    1. Same, I’m so excited for The Crown of Gilded Bones!

  17. I love seeing Boyfriend Material on your favorites list. That one was such a surprise for me and become an instant favorite. And From Blood and Ash is still high on my TBR! I need to read it so, so soon.

    1. Yes, Boyfriend Material is definitely an instant favorite for me too!
      Ooh, hope you’ll enjoy From Blood and Ash when you get to it!

  18. I’ve been saying this over and over today, but it’s absolutely true: for as rotten of a year as this has been, the books have been excellent. And it looks like you found more than enough great reads to help get you through it! The Switch sounds so good. I’ve really been looking forward to checking it out.

    1. Yes, exactly! I’m so happy there were so many great reads this year πŸ™‚

  19. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    OMG Lindsey so many of my favorites are on your list! The House in the Cerulean Sea, Aurora, Ninth House ….

    1. It’s definitely been a great reading year πŸ™‚

  20. Beach Read and Sorcery of Thorns made my list this week too. I also see quite a few that I really wanted to get to this year but couldn’t fit them in like the Sarah J. Maas book, Boyfriend Material, and The House in the Cerulean Sea. Those are high priority for 2021.

    1. Hope you’ll enjoy all of these in 2021 πŸ™‚

  21. Lauren Becker says:

    I LOVED Boyfriend Material. I own Beach Read and really need to read that one soon.

    Lauren

    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    1. Boyfriend Material was amazing! Hope you’ll enjoy Beach Read when you get to it πŸ™‚

  22. I was hoping to get Cemetery Boys for Christmas, but I didn’t, so I’ll be buying that one for myself. I hope I like it as much as everybody else does. Have a great 2021!

    1. A gift to ourselves can also be pretty fun though. Hope you’ll like it! And happy 2021!

  23. I’m a big rereader, and hearing you’ve already reread The House in the Cerulean Sea makes me want to read it even more. πŸ™‚ I’m also excited to read Ninth House! Happy Reading in 2021!

    1. Ahhh I can only recommend Cerulean, it’s definitely one of those books that just NEEDS to be re-read. And Ninth House was also amazing πŸ™‚ Hope you’ll have a great reading year ahead!

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