I can’t believe that it’s already time to make this list because wow, what a year 2020 has been, eh? I mean, we all know what kind of year it was and although not all of us had the worst one, I think the general mood of 2020 has been pretty despondent. I’m definitely not expecting things to magically turn around in 2021 but I am hoping that it’ll at least be marginally better than this one (I’m keeping my expectations low though so that I might be pleasantly surprised)! 😂
That said, it was a pretty great year for books/reading and I’m sure many of you will agree! Although it actually wasn’t my best year, I did get to some pretty fantastic titles that I’m sure will stick with me for a while to come. Unsurprisingly, I’m notoriously bad at picking ‘favourites’ so this list was a bit of a struggle 😂 It took me way too long to narrow it down and definitely don’t be surprised by the few honorary mentions at the end! I’m really keen to see what 2021 brings in terms of reading and I’m hoping that I’ll get to even more of my backlist because let’s face it, it gets bigger with each year that passes! Now without further ado, here are my favourites for the year…
Of this whole list, this was without question the only easy choice for me. And with how much and how often I’ve been raving about this book and everything it made me feel, it should come as no surprise! This was the most feel-good, heartwarming, and emotional read. I will never stop singing its praises!
Okay, I’m cheating a bit with this as I’m only mentioning the first book BUT the first two books of this middle-grade fantasy series have very quickly risen to the top of my all-time favourites. It’s whimsical, magical, heartwarming, and just so much fun. Nevermoor is an absolute treat to read!
This was an unexpected favourite but it absolutely blew my mind. Every amazing thing you hear about this book is justified. It’s so extremely well-deserved because wow (yeah, I’m good with words). It’s definitely on the darker side of fantasy and Kuang doesn’t gloss over the brutality of war but it was extremely gripping and I became so invested in Rin’s journey. I can’t wait to read on!
This book was everywhere last year and I’m so mad at myself for sleeping on it until 2020 but I’m beyond glad that I finally picked it up because it was perfection. I still haven’t written my review because words failed me big time–I was so lost in my feels after reading this! Acevedo’s prose was *chefs kiss*, the characters stole my heart, and the food? THE FOOD!!!
Even despite finding one of the main characters incredibly irritating, this book made me an emotional hot mess. I was crying the ugly (silent) cry because of all the feels! It was a love story not just between people but for books. It wasn’t perfect but it was so full of heart that you can’t help loving it.
This was one of my more recent reads and what I felt while reading this is what I strive to feel every time I pick up a book. It filled me with pure excitement and joy, and gave me such a heady rush of emotions that it made me so sad to reach the end. This middle-grade fantasy is out in January 2021 and I absolutely cannot wait for the world to experience all the black girl magic!
This was another book that I’m annoyed to have put off reading until this year! This Asian inspired fantasy was pitched as Mulan meets Project Runway and not to be cheesy but Lim’s writing was enchanting! I loved the Asian setting, the political intrigue, the magic and oh, the romance! *swoon*
This was one of three non-fiction titles I read this year and it really had me questioning whether I was reading NF or some crazy ass sci-fi thriller because wow. Even though its been a few years since it actually happened, reading about Theranos and the sociopaths/megalomaniacs that ran the company was utterly terrifying. It blew my mind that they got away with so much for so long!
This was an important and extremely relevant read that makes you critically examine our society and ourselves. It was unsettling and it certainly made me uncomfortable. It was shocking and eye-opening. It was infuriating and honestly, the character’s flaws were often irritating. At the same time, it was also one of the best coming-of-age stories I’ve read in a very long time!
This was one of those books where you can really feel the author’s heart in the story. It’s a sweeping historical family saga that paints an evocative picture of Vietnam’s history. It was a very unique perspective and not only was it education, it’s beautifully written and broke my heart!
HONORARY MENTIONS BECAUSE I COULDN’T NOT DO THIS…
Okay, okay, okay… I really need to stop here otherwise I’ll end up listing most of the books that I read this year because there were really so many good ones and more that deserve attention! 😂
What are some of your favourite books of 2020? Did any of these make your list or are they on your TBR?