The community decided on the best books of 2020, but now it’s my turn! 2020 was kind of the Year of the Slump for me, but I was blessed by some really fantastic reads. You can read more stats about my year in reading in the 2020 Adventure Log.
Listen. I know that it’s nearly March at this point, but I won’t let my hiatus steal the joy I get from screaming about my new favorite books. Besides, if the pandemic has taught us anything it’s Time is Meaningless… so let’s get into my favorite reads of twenty-twenty!
Top Five 2020 Releases
So many amazing books graced my eyeballs in 2020, but these five books immediately come to mind when thinking about my favorites.
☀️ Raybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko is hands-down my favorite read of 2020. This debut YA fantasy is a must-read for people who love rich world-building and found families. Just do yourself a solid and pick this up. | 📖 Read my full ARC review
🍄 Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia single handedly re-ignited my love for Gothic fiction. CREEPY house, CREEPY people, & excellently plotted Gothic thriller set in 1950s Mexico that you won’t be able to put down! | 📖 Read my full ARC review
🔪 None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney made me lose all sense of time while I devoured its pages. I loved this book so much & recommend this to fans of Criminal Minds and Silence of the Lambs. | 📖 Read my full review
🕵️♀️ The Silence of Bones by June Hur is a haunting and heartbreaking YA historical mystery debut. I was expecting a historical whodunit but was delivered a melancholic and twisty story that tore at my heartstrings and made me cry more than once. | 📖 Read my full ARC review
My Monthly Favorites
I keep track of my favorite book each month on my personal book blogging / reading spreadsheet (grab your free copy for 2021), and of course I want to share all the books that wowed me in 2020!
After compiling this list I noticed that like 98% of these books were ARCs lol. 2020 was a really difficult year in reading for me and ARC deadlines were pretty much the only thing encouraging me to try to read despite wanting to just stare into space. There were so many books I tried but set aside in 2020.
FEBRUARY: Ink in the Blood (Ink in the Blood #1) by Kim Smejkal drew me in with its gorgeous cover, but I stayed for the amazingly lush writing, three-dimensional characters, and the fantastic world created. | 📖 ARC Review
All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1) by Adalyn Grace is the pirate adventure fantasy I’ve been waiting for! Medium-burn romance, love triangle that’s more than you think, and a vengeful mermaid. | 📖 ARC Review
Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles was one of my top five anticipated releases for 2020, and it didn’t disappoint! Beautiful and captivating, I adored the setting and mystery of the characters, and am stoked to learn more about the world. | 📖 ARC review
NOVEMBER: Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore swept me away with its lush prose and nestled its way into my heart. Honestly, I’m mad it sat on my owned TBR for so long.; thanks to Patreon for getting me to finally read it! | 📖 Review
DECEMBER: The Only Good Indians by Stephan Graham-Jones is a haunting story of cultural identity and revenge. A quiet book that doesn’t rely on jumpscares to haunt the reader but will creep you out all the same as past decisions come back to haunt the characters. | 📖 ALC Review
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Well there you have it, my favorite reads of 2020!
🗭 What were some of your favorite reads of the year? Do you agree with my list? What did I miss out on in 2020? Let me know in the comments below!