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My Top 10 Best Books Of 2020

January 4th, 2021


Hi Readers,

I really leaned on reading to get me through 2020, and I’m so grateful to have something that is so consistant in my life. I read some seriously incredible ones as well, it was hard to chose just 10. But, it’s tradition that I do, so here are the top 10 books I read in 2020.

Interestingly most of these books were published in 2020, but that wasn’t intentional. I guess I just really enjoyed my new releases this year!

For them to have made this list, these books must be books that tugged on my heartstrings, attached itself to my soul and hasn’t let me go, even now.

10. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This is set around Día de Muertos following a trans boy who is trying to prove to his family he’s a brujo, and whilst doing that releases the ghost of another teenage boy who recently died. I was just obsessed with these two characters. Their dynamic and bond stole my heart.

Full Review Here

9. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I wasn’t a fan of the sequel, but I can’t let that cloud how much I loved Vicious. I read this almost straight after watching the X-Men series for the first time and this was just what I needed to fill that hole in my life once I’d finished. I just love that this book doesn’t really have a hero. Everyone in it has a pretty messed up agenda which definitely made it a whole lot more interesting.

Full Review Here

8. The Six Wives Of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

I’m shocked that a non-fiction book is making my top 10. But I feel I’ve found the type of non-fiction I actually enjoy. Historical and about women. I also really loved Alison Weir’s writing and will definitely be reading more by her.

Full Review Here

7. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

I was always destined to love a YA fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast. My favourite Disney film growing up, and I love the dark twist Kemmerer gave us with this. Can not wait for book three!

Full Review Here

6. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

If someone told me I would one day have a horror book on my top 10 of the year list, I would have laughed in their face. Okay so for some people this probably isn’t super horror like, but this scared me into sleeping with my light on for a brief period. And I loved it.

Full Review Here

5. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

I mean, whose ‘Favourites of 2020’ list didn’t this make? And that’s probably only because they didn’t get to reading it. I loved this story. It’s just the type of sci-fi/fantasy I love. Slow, character driven and full of intrigue. I will definitely be rereading it soon.

Full Review Here

4. Beach Read by Emily Henry

This is just the type of book I love to read in the warm sun. A tension filled romance with a great cast of characters who have great banter. This follows two authors who are kind of rivals, and I loved the writing aspect involved in it. That’s definitely what upped it from a typical romance to something I will return to.

Full Review Here

3. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Another one I’m sure will be on a lot of peoples lists this year. It’s just so good and completely gripped me. Felix is a trans teenage boy who is still exploring his identity whilst being targeted by a anunymous, transphobic bully.

Full Review Here

2. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

2020’s women’s prize winner, and the book I was routing for! Hamnet is a beautifully written historical fiction about the wife of a famous play writer.

Full Review Here

1. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Can you believe that when I first wrote this list, I completely forgot this book exhisted. The second I did remember however I knew what spot it deserved. And that’s because of what this book means to me. I’d recommend this to everyone but TW for mental health.

Full Review Here

What was your number one book of 2020?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X


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