I’ve read a lot of books this year and narrowing it down to just 10 of my favourites was so hard! So here are my favourite 14 books I read in 2020, in no particular order. Links take you to my reviews!
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – I loved this book even more than Six of Crows! It was a brilliant conclusion to the duology.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – As I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I had high expectations for this one, and it didn’t disappoint. Laini Taylor’s writing is just so magical, imaginative and captivating.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did, but it instantly became one of my favourite books ever.
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – This book was just so much fun and action-packed. I loved going on an adventure with Squad 312 and can’t wait for the third book to come out.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – I’ve read a lot of Cassandra Clare books and thought I would get bored of them, but I totally fell in love with the characters in this one and the plot and everything just comes together so brilliantly. Definitely one of her best.
Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee – I loved the world, characters, plot, everything, basically, about this book. The spooky atmosphere in the forest is brilliant and there are some great twists.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – What a great conclusion to the original ACOTAR trilogy. I actually liked this one more than A Court of Mist and Fury, which I get the feeling is an unpopular opinion.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – The Throne of Glass series just seems to keep getting better and better with each book. That’s all I have to say.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – I don’t read much contemporary (as you can probably tell from this list!) but The Hate U Give is one of the best books I’ve ever read.
Burn by Patrick Ness – I absolutely love dragons and Patrick Ness did something really unique with them in this book. Dropping dragons into Cold War era America sounds really bizarre but totally works.
The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson – This is a brilliant debut. With multiverses and doppelgangers, there are plenty of twists, but it’s also a really thought-provoking read.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab – My first Schwab book and I will definitely be checking out more of her work. The writing was brilliant and totally drew me into Addie’s story.
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller – A totally unexpected favourite for me. I wasn’t expecting to like this fantasy romance but I actually loved it so I’m glad I picked it up.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – Even though I didn’t enjoy the sequel as much, A Curse So Dark and Lonely is still one of my favourites from this year. I’m hoping I like the final book in the trilogy just as much!
What were your favourite books you read in 2020? Did any of your anticipated releases make your list, or did you find new surprise favourites? Chat with me in the comments!