Favorite Books of the Year Lists

Favorite Books of 2020

Can I blame how late this post is because of how fast this January is flying by? Usually January is never ending, but I seemed to go to sleep on New Year’s Day and wake up to the end of the month.

2020 was a terrible year for many people. It was a year unlike any other and I am not going to talk about how unprecedented or tragic the year was. We all know. We’ve read a thousand posts reiterating the same thoughts.

As much time I found myself having on my hands, I didn’t read as much as I thought. The year was off to a good start. I think I had 10 books read by mid-February. Then everything came to a halt. I limped out of the year, finishing my last book in October. I barely made it 2/3 into my reading challenge. Hopefully I prioritize reading more in 2021.

Despite it being a slow year of reading (and many, many re-reads), I read some great books.

5. Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

Imagine Me was a nice way to tie up the Shatter Me series. Read mid-pandemic it took me out of it all this year. It felt good to be surrounded by familiar characters and send them off for good this time. My only regret is that I didn’t re-read the series before I read the last one. Maybe one day I will revisit.

It’s been a pleasure to watch Mafi grow as a writer. I can’t wait to see the books she releases in 2021.

4. To Kill a Mockingbird

The required high school book that I never read in high school. I finally bit the bullet to read the book because I was supposed to see Ed Harris on Broadway. It was one of the many cancellations of 2020. It lived up to expectations. Easily a classic and also a classic that is easy to read. Unfortunately despite the book being published many decades ago, it reflects flaws in our current world. We have a lot of work to do to make this world a safe place for everyone.

3. Rebel by Marie Lu

If you haven’t read Legend, you definitely need to. Especially if you’re thinking of reading Rebel since it is a continuation of the series. Sort of. It follows Day’s younger brother Eden many years after the end of Champion. It was so fun to revisit these characters. I needed a refresher since it had also been a few years since I’ve read the original trilogy. Marie Lu’s writing has always been able to capture my attention easily and this book was no different. So it’s no mystery that it landed on my favorites of the year list.

2. Midnight Sun

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Out of all the surprising things to happen in 2020, the Twilight renaissance was definitely one of the most surprising. Whether it coincided with Stephenie Meyer’s mysterious countdown and then eventual release of Midnight Sun, I’m not sure. But the renaissance is still going strong (at least according to my FYP on TikTok). This book was so satisfying to get and even more fun to read. After twelve years of waiting, I now have to make my peace with the fact we won’t get the rest of the series from Ed’s POV. Despite the fact that Midnight Sun has made me want nothing more. This is definitely a guilty pleasure book and it makes me so happy to see it on my shelf.

1. The Wicked King/Queen of Nothing

The first book-obsession of 2020 was The Folk of Air trilogy. I absolutely fell head over heels for Cardan, Jude, and their intriguing world. After ACOTAR, I’ve been more open to fae books. It was a side of fantasy that I hadn’t branched out into as much. These books gave me the same type of feelings that ACOTAR did and I loved them immediately. I did feel that they were a bit unfinished. There’s still questions I feel that were left unanswered and it could honestly have another to dig into these holes left unfilled. Still, it’s a series that I think I’ll re-read one day. And that’s a high honor.

I’d love to hear what your favorites were or books that you hoped would be good, but they ultimately left you disappointed.

Happy reading in 2021!

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