This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Favorite Books of 2020. Usually, I only list my favorite books that were published during the year, but since I made an effort to read a lot of older, backlist books, I want to give some of them recogniation as well. So here are five of my favorite books that were published in 2020 and five books/series that are older that blew me away as well.
Favorites Published in 2020
Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston: This was such a fun and cute contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I love how Ashley adapted all the elements and I, of course, love the fandom references. It was fun to get a glimpse of some of the characters from the other books in the series as well.
Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy: This book is beautiful inside and out! I love historical fantasy and this book did not disappoint. Emily has a way of writing stories that speak to my heart, and this one enchanted me.
Between Burning Worlds by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell: I feel like it’s been longer than a year since I read this, but gosh darn it, I loved it. I cannot wait for the third book.
Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore: This is my surprise favorite of the year! I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it, but once I dived into the story, I was captivated by the unique world and characters Shannon introduced. The magic and world are also freaking epic.
A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir: I could have guessed this book would make the list, but it was even better than I anticipated. There are a few things I am bitter about that happened, but that ending was so worth waiting two years for. Loyal to the end.
Favorite Backlist Read in 2020
Lovely War by Julie Berry: I listened to the audiobook of this at the beginning of the year and it broke me. It’s so beautiful and painful and stunning. The story is fictional but it comes across as real and raw. Highly recommend if you like historical fiction.
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett: I read this book and its sequel early in 2020 but it stuck with me all year around. I’m thinking about rereading it again soon.
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk: I love all of Lauren’s books, but this one was just so… captivating. It made me nostalgic for places I’ve never been or even heard of. And the relationship in the story just makes me want to sob for days.
The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner: I finally read the rest of this series and I absolutely loved every single book. It’s still such an odd YA fantasy series because of how it’s written and how the stories are told. But dang, those plot twists slay me.
Blood of Kings trilogy by Jill Williamson: I’ve been meaning to read more of Jill’s books for years but I finally got around to reading her first series and I enjoyed it so much more than I expected! This is one of those series that gets better with each book so even if I wouldn’t choose the first book as a favorite of the year, together as a whole the trilogy is a favorite.