Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2020

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.

What books or series were your favorite reads of 2020? Don’t forget to join the link-up!

25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2020

  1. Spinters Of Scarlet didn’t quite make my large favourites list this year, but I did love it – and I obsessively found all the connections to The Snow Queen! I’ve been reading The Queen’s Thief series too, I’ve read 3 books so far and I’m hoping to continue it soon – I was a bit burnt out with how slow book 3 was. 😩

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    • I LOVE all the references to the Snow Queen in Splinters of Scarlet, too! I’m glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

      And I totally understand. The Queen’s Thief continues to baffle me because the writing style is so different yet I’m so intrigued by the characters and world, no matter who the book is about!

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    • Yes! I will say it starts off a bit different than I expected since it’s an older fantasy series. But it’s worth pushing through any uncertainty because the characters are fantastic and the plots are just mind-blowing.


  2. Hallo, Hallo Jaime,

    I love how you’ve sorted this out from front list to backlist – all my reads are a hodgepodge of book every year as well as the Classics I try to read as well or the early released ARCs etc to where I don’t always separate mine from front/back designations when I do my End of the Year Survey as just the fact I could read at all in 2020 felt like a feat of joy in of its own. I had a low yield kind of year for reading but in the end, I found that I had a wicked good year to find stories which resonated with me and which still give me goosebumps of joy for having read. In that regard, I am so thankful I wrote the post because it put things in better perspective than I felt they had been in before I started to work on it!!

    Off your list, the ones I think I might enjoy myself are:

    *Bookish and the Beast – as I love after canons and retells; Beauty and the Beast happens to be one of my favourites to see respun and retold, too! I had to open your blog in a secondary tab though in order to find your blog posts to match the books (couldn’t find your search box for posts though in the sidebar) as although some love GR I prefer to read the orig blog posts which confer with #BestBooksOf2020 Lists.

    I’m not a fan of bad boys either but I think the Beast in the orig version and in the variants is the one exception to my rule until of course I was smitten to the hilt with “Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish” this past year!! lol :O I love when books go metafiction on us and truly give us a bookish shortcode of love within their narrative!!

    I had not realised “Geekerella” as in this series OR that it was a series as that was rec’d to me years ago – now I realise I’ve been missing OUT and I need to rectify this in 2021!! #blessed I found your lovely post!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    * I tried searching 3x ways through your blog’s archives – using your tags (ie. Book Review, Book Spotlight) and I can’t find your reviews / posts for “Winter, White, Wicked”, “Even the Darkest Stars”, “Beyond the Bright Sea” and the Queen’s Thief series as I wanted to hear your expounded thoughts. *le sigh* You really need a search box!

    Ooh well. I at least know of the books now but I missed reading your orig posts about them.

    Sorry for being a follower who doesn’t comment – but I’m hoping to amend this as 2021 moves forward. I love your book photography and that is something I’d like to work on myself this year as I have a new camera now and can start to take more photos too. I love your layouts for the photos and how you’ve arranged everything in the shots. Such a wicked good way of showcasing the books and a bit about yourself, too.

    I hope you’re having a lovely New Year!!

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    • Thanks for stopping by! I’m sorry you had trouble with finding some reviews. I don’t post reviews of every book I read, especially if they are backlist titles, and lately I’ve switched from writing “reviews” to just writing about books I’ve read recently and enjoyed (they’re under what’s called “book spotlights”). It’s less pressure and more fun for me at this time.

      For me, there is a search bar at the top of my blog next to the social media icons (Instagram, Pinterest). It looks like a little magnify glass and if you click, a search bar will pop up for you to type in.

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      • Hallo Hallo Jaime,

        Thanks for responding!! I sorted out what was wrong! My ad blocker was preventing my browser from showing me the search button!! I am so sorry! 😦 I thought it was missing and here it was I had the settings wrong on the browser… grr.

        I definitely understand why you switched up your reading life – we all have to do what is working for us right now and especially keeping it fun. I guess I was just hoping for ‘more’ as you write so brilliantly about the stories you’re reading – I feel like I can gather a firm idea about the book and then know immediately if I should go fetch a copy myself. So thank you for explaining how better to use your blog – now I will become a better reader and follower!! πŸ™‚

        PS: You’re not on Twitter, right!? I was going to share / tag your post today.

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