My Favorite Books of 2020


Hi everyone!

Can you believe that the year is over? Like, last time I check it was still June? And now, out of nowhere, tomorrow is the last day of the year! Please, stop!

But in all seriousness, I’m kind of happy that this year is finally over. I don’t think anyone could have ever imagine what kind of year 2020 was going to be. I’m very luck and grateful that me, my family and my close friends are healthy and safe, as well as not being affected in other ways during the Pandemic, like many other people had been. I’m very hopeful that next year is going to be a better year in a lot of different aspects and I wish everyone the best.

Now, getting back on track (sorry, I needed to say that). Here’s the list of all my favorite books of 2020. There were so many amazing books that I read this year, which made this much harder, but I did try to choose just my top 10. They do have an order, from my least “favorite” (I mean, is in my top 10, so is still part of my favorites) to the one I love with all my heart and is just perfect in my eyes.

I will stop my ramblings and let’s begin:

10. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: 4 / 5

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Synopsis:

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

Favorite quote:

“In my heart, I’m as wild as the ocean that raised me.”

9. Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ+ 

Synopsis:

From award-winning author Mark Oshiro comes a powerful coming-of-age fantasy novel about finding home and falling in love amidst the dangers of a desert where stories come to life.

Xochitl is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village’s stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enigmatic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes.

Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.

One night, Xo’s wish is granted—in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town’s murderous conqueror. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match… if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.

Favorite quote:

“We stretch ourselves: to fit within the roles we are given. To make ourselves look better to those around us. To convince one another that we are good people in a world so vacant.”

I did a review of this book, If you want to check it out!

8. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance 

Synopsis:

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

Favorite quote:

“If she was destined to burn in Hell, I would burn with her.”

7. The Wicked King by Holly Black

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: 5 / 5

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance 

Synopsis:

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

Favorite quote:

“The Folk doubtlessly learned this lesson long ago. They do not need to deceive humans. Humans will deceive themselves.”

6. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: 5 / 5

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy 

Synopsis:

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.

A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Favorite quote:

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

5. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: 5 / 5

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Synopsis:

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Favorite quote:

“Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell.”

I did a review of this book, If you want to check it out!

4. Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion, Fire and Beauty by Nikita Gill

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: 5 / 5

Genres: Poetry, Feminism

Synopsis:

“You cannot burn away
What has always been aflame”

Wild Embers explores the fire that lies within every soul, weaving words around ideas of feeling at home in your own skin, allowing yourself to heal, and learning to embrace your uniqueness with love from the universe.

Featuring rewritten fairytale heroines, goddess wisdom, and poetry that burns with revolution, this collection is an explosion of femininity, empowerment, and personal growth. 

Favorite quote:

“The greatest magic you have is the courage you go digging for, when your world falls apart, the light you still hold, when everything has grown dark.”

3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: 5 / 5

Genres: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary

Synopsis:

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship–the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Favorite quote:

“I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”

2. The Secret History by Donna Tart

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: 5 / 5

Genres: Misery, Contemporary

Synopsis:

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.

Favorite quote:

“Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.”

1. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Rating: 5 / 5

Genres: Fantasy, Adult

Synopsis:

Far beneath the surface of the earth, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories. The entryways that lead to this sanctuary are often hidden, sometimes on forest floors, sometimes in private homes, sometimes in plain sight. But those who seek will find. Their doors have been waiting for them.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is searching for his door, though he does not know it. He follows a silent siren song, an inexplicable knowledge that he is meant for another place. When he discovers a mysterious book in the stacks of his campus library he begins to read, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities, and nameless acolytes. Suddenly a turn of the page brings Zachary to a story from his own childhood impossibly written in this book that is older than he is.

A bee, a key, and a sword emblazoned on the book lead Zachary to two people who will change the course of his life: Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired painter, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances. These strangers guide Zachary through masquerade party dances and whispered back room stories to the headquarters of a secret society where doorknobs hang from ribbons, and finally through a door conjured from paint to the place he has always yearned for. Amid twisting tunnels filled with books, gilded ballrooms, and wine-dark shores Zachary falls into an intoxicating world soaked in romance and mystery. But a battle is raging over the fate of this place and though there are those who would willingly sacrifice everything to protect it, there are just as many intent on its destruction. As Zachary, Mirabel, and Dorian venture deeper into the space and its histories and myths, searching for answers and each other, a timeless love story unspools, casting a spell of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a Starless Sea.

Favorite quote:

“Strange, isn’t it? To love a book. When the words on the pages become so precious that they feel like part of your own history because they are.”

I did a review of this book, If you want to check it out!

And that was it! I was thinking on adding comments and little reviews to all the books, but then this will have become way too long and no one has time for that, I mean the year is nearly over. No time to waste. Still, I highly recommend all these books!


Hope you enjoy it! Let me know all your thoughts in the comments. Also, I wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Love,

Drea. 

10 thoughts on “My Favorite Books of 2020”

  1. Looks like you’ve read some fantastic books this year! I loved The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt but haven’t read The Secret History yet, and I really enjoyed The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern too but haven’t got to The Starless Sea. So I’ll definitely be bumping your top 2 further up my TBR list! 📚❤️ X x x

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  2. There are some wonderful books here! I absolutely adored The Starless Sea and Sorcery of Thorns! Also I enjoyed Serpent & Dove, but I was letdown by the sequel- I’m hoping the last book will tie it all together. Happy New Year! ❤️

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  3. the only books i’ve read on this list are crooked kingdom and serpent & dove, which would both definitely count as 2020 favourites for me as well!! i’ve just ordered a copy of the folk of the air trilogy, so hopefully i get a chance to read that soon!! loved this post ❤

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