Looking back over my 2020 reading and I am pleasantly surprised by all the the wonderful books I read this year! Of course of my 65 books read there were also a few duds but that is to be expected. One of my favorite things is that of my best reads of the year list there are a few of them I picked up on a whim with no rhyme or reason. What delightful luck for me. Lets take a peak back at my favorite reads of 2020.
These books appear in no particular order
A Deal with the Elf King (Married to Magic #1) by Elise Kova – This is one of those books I picked up on a whim that I mentioned. When I read this I was swimming around in my particular cesspool of depression and just wanted a quick, easy read to escape into. A Deal with the Elf King gave me a latter up out of that pit and swept me away on a YA fantasy romance ride. The story was easy to follow and thoroughly enjoyable. I found this book exactly when I needed it which is why it made my favorite of the year list. 4/5
From Blood and Ash and A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout – From Blood and Ash was another book that I picked up on a whim. If you recall, it was a surprise release from Armentrout but I wasn’t someone who followed her I wasn’t aware of that at the time. I merely saw this book on my suggested Kindle reading and gave it a shot. I then ended up reading the first two books in the series twice this year. This is another fantasy romance series but definitely more in the NA than YA realm. Escapism at its finest. 4/5 and 5/5 respectively
Bone Criers Moon (Bone Grace #1) by Kathryn Purdie – When this book came in my April 2020 OwlCrate box, I’ll be honest with you all, I had never heard of it. As far as my own browsing was concerned I hadn’t seen it pop on any blogs, lists, book tube videos, nothing. Being a skeptical curmudgeon, I had a bit of a frown. So, I popped it onto my OwlCrate shelf and moved on. But something about this book kept nagging at the back of my mind and it would pop into my head at odd times of the day. While I was curled up in bed reading about Darrow’s escapades in Iron Gold, I finally gave into the urge and went and snagged this book from my shelf. From that point, I was off on an exciting adventure. This has to be one of my favorite OwlCrate books to date. 4/5
The Empire of Gold (Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S.A. Chakraborty – This book is legitimately the best conclusion of a series that I have ever read. The series itself is phenomenal with fantastical elements, dynamic characters, vivid settings, and an overarching plot that just sucks you in. Chakraborty’s writing is engrossing and I loved every moment of this book and, in fact, the entire series. I laughed, I cried, and I cried some more as this beloved trilogy came to a close. The loose ends were tired up, there were no plots points left floating in the breeze, and we got to say farewell to all of the magnificent characters in this story as it came to a close. 4.5/5
We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) by Hafsah Faizal – Here is another book that I picked up exactly when I needed it. I read this one very early in the pandemic shutdown in the US and panic and depression had really been eating away at me. So, I snatched this book off of my shelf where it had been resting for nearly a year and dove in. Faizal crafted interesting characters that you could feel for, root for. Her setting was vast and interesting and the end game is something that is easy to get on board with. 4.5/5
A Heart so Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer – A Heart so Dark and Lonely, the first book in this series, was one of my favorite reads of 2019 and Kemmerer did it again in 2020 with this second installment. Honestly, I thought this book was even better than the first one in the trilogy which is rare. I think what drew me into this one even more is how much more I enjoyed the characters of Grey and Lia Mara over Rhen and Harper. Even the support cast in this book was more enjoyable. 4/5
Did any of my favorite reads of the year make you list?
May we all find more joy, in reading or otherwise, in 2021. 🖤