With the dumpster fire that has been 2020 officially over, it is time to look at the bright side and look at my favorite books of the year. I managed to read a whopping 257! books during 2020, a number I didn’t think I was going to reach when the year started… But thankfully at least COVID didn’t take my reading mojo away, and I’ve been using books to escape the real world ever since the lockdown started in March. I managed to discover so many new gems during 2020, with a total of 17 new 5 star reads (one a reread) and 57! titles with an almost perfect rating… So you can imagine it was impossible for me to create a Top 10, or even just leave it as a Top 20. Today is all about my absolute top favorites of 2020, but there were just too many titles that deserved a spotlight so look out for more favorites on Monday in the second part of this post. Cheating is allowed when it comes to sharing the booklove, or am I wrong? 😉
So, top favorites. As I mentioned above, I have been lucky with my reading choices and found a LOT of new fantastic titles last year. There were a few that stood out above the rest though; they managed to get the full 5 star rating, which is basically an A++ as I use this rating to mark my new all time favorites. A total of 14 authors and 16 books will be on the first part of this Top 20 below, in alphabetical order by the author’s last name as there is no way you can get me to choose favorites between these absolutely brilliant stories. Ready to discover what were my favorite reads of 2020?
Here we go!
# Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. This was easily one of my most anticipated releases this year and I simply couldn’t wait to pick it up… I know that I am a bit biased when it comes to Fredrik Backman‘s books, but I absolutely adored every single minute I spent with Anxious People. REVIEW
# How To Be Brave by Louise Beech. This book is an emotional, raw and heartbreaking story with an ultimate message of hope and learning how to be brave. It’s a story that completely blew me away and left me lost for words after that final page… REVIEW
# I Am Dust by Louise Beech. Speechless. Absolutely flabbergasted. Mindblown. Oh yes, Louise Beech has done it once again, and left me a complete blubbering mess. I Am Dust is another absolutely stunning read and of an extraordinary quality. REVIEW
# Good Samaritans by Will Carver. Good Samaritans is dark, sexy and utterly disturbing; it’s a complex and well written story that grabbed me from the start and was basically pitch black and twisted to the core. REVIEW
# The Curator by M.W. Craven. The holy guacamole is back!! M.W. Craven has written another absolute firecracker and I loved every single minute of my time with favorite characters Tilly and Poe. REVIEW
# The Ten Thousand Doors Of January by Alix E. Harrow. What an absolutely stunning and breathtaking read! I don’t even know where and how to start explaining this beauty of a story, as this is one of those books where you should go in blind in the first place to fully explore and capture its magic. REVIEW
# Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover. Heart Bones will mess with your heart and feelings, but the journey is oh so worth it. A new CoHo favorite to add to the list! REVIEW
# The Minders by John Marrs. The Minders is a true rollercoaster ride that will leave you breathless and shell shocked by the time you reach that final page. It’s a story that doesn’t fit into a neat box; a truly unique thriller with a sci-fi feel set in the near future that is destined to simply blow you away. REVIEW
# The One by John Marrs. The One might be based on the very romantic idea of finding your perfect Match, but it’s definitely mostly a mix of (family) drama and a solid thriller with a healthy dose of suspense and even crime sprinkled on top. A perfect recipe for a perfect read! REVIEW
# Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire. I already loved my previous meetings with Eleanor West’s students, but there was just something about Come Tumbling Down that made me love this newest adventure even more. A new favorite of the Wayward Children series! REVIEW
# The Unlikely Escape Of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry. I loved my time with The Unlikely Escape Of Uriah Heep from the very first page until the very last and I can already see myself rereading this story in the future. It’s an absolutely brilliant debut I cannot recommend enough if you enjoy masterly crafted bookish stories with a magical touch and a hint of fantasy. REVIEW
# The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. Fangirling alert coming in!! I know that I’m a bit biased when it comes to this author… I basically adore anything she writes, and I have been eagerly anticipating The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue. I was afraid my expectations would be set too high, but I shouldn’t have worried as I literally devoured each and every single page. Simply glorious writing! REVIEW
# Dear Martin by Nic Stone. Dear Martin is a short, but immensely powerful and captivating debut and I literally read it in one sitting. REVIEW
# The Devil And The Dark Water by Stuart Turton. The Devil And The Dark Water is the most delightful mix of different genres and elements that together make the perfect cocktail for what is without doubt one of my absolute top reads of the year. REVIEW
# Beast by Matt Wesolowski. Holy bat in hell, what a read! I don’t know how he keeps coming up with this stories and I honestly don’t care as long as they will keep appearing! Oh yes, this whole series has most definitely a worthy spot on my all time favorites list. REVIEW
# The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry. I love bookish books and this story is without doubt filled to the brim with the most wonderful bookish references. The main focus is on bookstore owner A.J. Fikry, and it is his quirky and grumpy personality as well as his personal development that really make this story special for me. REVIEW
I didn’t want to leave it at a Top 16, and with 57 fantastic books with a 4,5 star rating (which is basically a 5 star rating to anyone else) it wasn’t an easy choice to decide which titles stood out a little above the rest… I honestly want to mention them all, but this post is too long as it is. 😉 So without further delay, below the final four titles that also made it to my Top 20! Again in alphabetical order as you can’t make me choose between favorites.
# Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. What an absolutely stunning read! The fact that the story is told through free verse, the glorious writing, the two sisters, the Dominican Republic setting and culture references, the plot itself… There is so much to love in Clap When You Land and it is definitely a story that will stay with me for a long time. REVIEW
# She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be by J.D. Barker. She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is as unique as its long title, and the right person will treasure this story as much as I did. I had a fantastic time reading every single chapter, and I never felt like the story was overlong or should have gone in a different direction. Big is in this case most definitely better! REVIEW
# We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker. We Begin At The End was the perfect buddy read and an absolutely stunning story that I cannot recommend enough. It is an extraordinary as well as highly emotional journey that will leave you a blubbering mess long before you reach that final page… REVIEW
# Marion Lane And The Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg. I had a fantastic time with Marion Lane And The Midnight Murder and I can highly recommend this title to anyone who enjoys a well written detective thriller and/or historical mystery with a twist. It’s a brilliant debut set in a world I wouldn’t mind revisiting in the future! REVIEW
That’s it for my list of my Top 20 Favorites of 2020!! Have you read any of these? Do we share any favorites? What were your favorite books of 2020?
Look out for more 2020 favorites next Monday!