My Favourite Books of 2020 | Ending on a good note

2020 was a weird and unexpected year that’s for certain, and I definitely can’t say that it was all-round positive. But what I can do, is try and view the year in a positive note and that’s where books come in! In 2020 I read 54 books (exceeding my GoodReads goal of 25 books by more than double!) and I’m so happy with that. Plus, the majority of books I read were perfectly picked and really enjoyable. So, without further ado, in this post I’m going to be looking back on the best books I read in 2020, from finally giving in to the hype to unexpected new favourites;

Six of Crows was a reread in preparation for Crooked Kingdom (loved it just as much as the first time) but Crooked Kingdom became my favourite book of the year when I read it back in May. It was incredible!! If you haven’t read the duology (at some point trilogy??) then please do because it is incredible. I have so much love for the crew (Kaz and Inej especially) and I can see myself rereading these two so many times in the future! The plot is also incredible – so many amazing twists and turns and it’s they’re two of the few books where I was genuinely so emotionally invested!

THIS SERIES. You guys if you haven’t read the Shadow Games trilogy then please please do because it is incredible. INCREDIBLE.
So many twists, so many turns, so many unexpected plot points. The endings were so intense and it was just such a wild ride.
The characters were brilliant. Levi wishes he was Kaz Brekker but he’s a softer version and I love that.
It also has that found family aspect which is one of my favourite tropes and I just really enjoyed this.
Out of the three though I don’t think I have a favourite? Maybe Ace of Shades book 1? Or King of Fools? I don’t know!! All of them were just insane.

2020 was the year I finally listened to the hype and listened to you all – I read Red, White And Royal Blue.
It only took me over a year to get to it but I’m really glad I did.
I loved it. The royals; the teasing and the banter (enemies to lovers but not really which is one of my fave tropes!); the slow burn, the realisation, the politics.
Loved it!! I really enjoyed Casey McQuiston’s writing and I can’t wait to see what else she writes.

I read Becoming by Michelle Obama back in lockdown and I absolutely adored it. I’ve always been interested politics but this (amongst other things in 2020) really affirmed for me that I want to go into politics and work for equality. Michelle Obama is just so so inspiring and I really enjoyed seeing more behind the scenes of being the First Lady. It was also the first fiction book I’ve read and adored so if you’re looking for a fiction book start here!
(And the book I’m going to mention next)

Another book that was just so so inspiring. Malala is absolutely incredible and her story is one I think everyone should read. I also mentioned the book in my personal statement for university because it just really hit me?
Made me so incredibly grateful for my education and actually really motivated me.

I finished this on Boxing Day and it was incredible.
I loved the story; I loved the characters (Kallia is maybe one of my favourite characters?); I loved the magic element; I loved the tension.
It was just so good and the cover is stunning too!!
I didn’t realise that it was a series though so I have to wait until August 2021 to find out what’s going on with the chaotic ending. It’s going to be a longgg wait honestly.

I read Caraval ages and ages ago and absolutely loved it. I then reread it twice but just never got to the sequels?? Until 2020.
I finally got to Legendary and Finale and boy were they worth the wait!!
I absolutely loved these, so many twists and turns and I actually ended up preferring Tella in Legendary and Finale to our OG Stella in Caraval.
It’s just such a fun and magical series and combined with all the tension of the plot = a recipe for a great book.
Will 100% be rereading this one at some point.

And that’s actually all of the standout books! It’s crazy how even though contemporary is my most-read genre, my favourite books always tend to be fantasies? Especially those with magical elements. Strong female leads, morally grey and secretive love interests, something dark happening in the background, found family. Love it.

What were your favourite books of 2020? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? What books should I add to the 2021 tbr?!

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35 thoughts on “My Favourite Books of 2020 | Ending on a good note

    1. It’s always the genre that gives me the most favourites but for some reason I feel like I’ve hardly read any?! I seem to read more contemporary than anything even though they tend to be lower rated so I really need to start reading more fantasies. They just always intimidate me for some reason and I’m always so hesitant to start them!? Am always up for more recommendations if you have any must-reads in the genre!
      Thanks for reading and commenting Kaya! x

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    1. Definitely recommend!! I’d say that they’re all just as good as the first so do carry on the series if you loved book 1!
      & Both of them are so good!! Same with Finale haha, it took me so long to get to both the sequels even though I adored Caraval. I kept rereading Caraval meaning to get to 2 & 3 but never did until this year! Should have sooner haha.
      Thanks for reading and commenting!πŸ’›

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    1. Right!! My favourite genre for sure – anything with that magical element is brilliant. If you haven’t already read it I think Where Dreams Descend has a similar sort of vibe so I’d definitely recommend! Thanks for reading and commenting Kay and I hope you have a great New Year! x

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  1. Ahh, congrats on doing so amazing on your reading goal! I’m so glad you enjoyed so many books this year.πŸ’› I also love the Six of Crows duology so it made me smile to see it on here. :’) I should definitely read I Am Malala, I feel like it’s one of those books I’ve been meaning to read for ages and just never got around to. Happy reading in 2021! xx

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    1. Hi Olivia – feel like I haven’t spoken to you for ages! Hope you’re wellπŸ’›
      I adore Six of Crows honestly, and I can’t believe how long it took me to get to the series. I need to start listening to the hype more because 8/10 I love it.
      Yeah I was exactly the same as you with I Am Malala. I’d had it on my tbr since it was released so I’m not sure what took me so long to get to it?! I guess because I don’t usually read fiction but I’ve been wanting to get to more of the genre this year & it didn’t disappoint. So inspiring so I hope you enjoy it if you are able to read it!
      You too – thanks for reading and commenting! x

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    1. Wait tv series?! How did I not know about this?! I hope they do it justice haha. I have my own images of the characters in my mind so I hope the casting choice meets that expectation. I always hate when the movie adaptation doesn’t meet my reading experience lol.
      Yeah I hope you enjoy it! Definitely one I got so swept up in and I really loved the series.
      Thanks for reading and commenting Tiffany, & I hope you have a good rest of the year before 2021!!?

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  2. Ahh… This was so good to read. I read six of crows age ago and consider it one of my faves but its been too long so I really need to reread it. I was hoping to do it when the third book came out but that’s taking so long so I may have to do it sooner. Anyway you just reminded me of that and I’m so glad you loved it!!!
    I’m so excited about reading the ace of Shades series and you have just hyped me up even more. I’m so glad you loved it… I can’t wait!! 😍😍
    I’ve heard mixed things about Caraval but hearing you loved it has definitely made me want to pick it up.
    Congrats on a great reading year and I hope 2021 is even better!! πŸ’›

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it!
      Oh definitely reread it – I read it earlier this year and I feel like it’s been way too long haha. May revisit Crooked Kingdom in January because I’ve only read that one once. & Yeah I wonder when the third book will be out?! I’m excited for it, but also I don’t want one haha – I have such high expectations and I’m worried they won’t be met!
      I hope you like Ace of Shades!! I really enjoyed it and I flew through the series. So many twists and turns which I loved, but I will say I think it’s best binge read because I left a little gap between books 2 and 3 and found the beginning of 3 a bit confusing because of that! Had to wrap my head around what was going on again.
      I saw a lot of mixed reviews for Caraval too and whilst I don’t think it’s technically perfect the series is still one of my all-time faves because I just got so swept up in the magic and the storyline. I think for me a lot of books can be like that and my ratings tend to prioritise how I felt reading the book/how swept up I was in it rather than technicalities etc. Guess it just depends on the reader! Thanks Sophie – same to you!πŸ’—

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      1. I know, I am worried about the third book as it doesn’t need more but I’m still hopeful too. I have no idea about the date though!!
        Oh ok thank you, I’ll keep that in mind as being confused a little can affect your enjoyment!!
        Yeah I’m the same, I can sometimes notice technalities but when I’m loving a book that doesn’t always matter.
        Thank you πŸ’›

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      2. Yeah I’m excited for the show and it will be interesting to see how it combines. I don’t think shadow and bone is as good as six of crows unfortunately but it still has good aspects and one of my favourite side character couples ever!!

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    1. Oh please do!! Crooked Kingdom is just as good honestly and I can’t decide which of the two is my favourite?!
      And yeah it was such a good read for me and really inspired me, so I hope you like it if you do read it!
      Hope you had a good New Years Morgan, and thank you for reading/commenting! πŸ™‚

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