Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlThis week’s topic is: Best Books I Read In 2020  

Gosh this is HARD. And there isn’t a real rhyme or reason to how I picked the top ones, it was just a combination of rating, and then how fondly I remembered it, and these are the 20 books that won! (I also 150% copied a copy-  from two years ago’s post and changed all the “2018”s to “2019”, and added an extra book. ¡Olé!- THEN, I copied that post this year and changed it to 2020 I mean am I efficient or WHAT?!) Also even better? I copied and pasted most of my little “summaries” from my reviews and wow I am getting it done

Also, I decided to limit an author to one book. I honestly could have included two for a couple but I didn’t because this way more authors get a spot, but what I am saying is, don’t sleep on Rachel Lynn Solomon’s adult novel out next month!

The VERY (honestly guys it was so hard to choose these are all so freaking good) Honorable Mentions, in no particular order:

These pictures link to reviews or Goodreads, depending on whether I reviewed stuff! And the titles to Amazon because affiliate links, why not?

The Top Ten

#10: Malice by Pintip Dunn: An absolute page-turner with phenomenal characters, thought-provoking choices, and a plot that captured me from the start.

#9: Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland:  I loved Dread Nation. Loved, loved, utterly adored. And yet somehow, I loved Deathless Divide even more. So you want to pick up this incredible duology, because tbh you need it in your life.

#8: The Human Son by Adrian J. Walker: This book… it spoke to me, okay? Not only about what it means to be a human being, but what it means to be a parent. And this isn’t to say you won’t love it if you aren’t one, but it just made it extra special for me, I think. In this story, a species of lab-grown Erta are tasked with restoring Earth to its pre-human state. They’ve succeeded, but now have a decision to make: Does humanity deserve a second shot at existence?

#7: Not Your #Lovestory by Sonia Hartl: Wonderful characters, amazing family connections, friendships, a “meet-cute” comedy of errors, and a real romance that stole my heart.

#6: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse: Pre-Columbian American inspiration in a lusciously built world with incredible characters. Black Sun is a damn work of art, there’s nothing else to say. I need the next book!

#5: Soulswift by Megan Bannen:  Megan Bannen enjoys making readers suffer. That’s just a fact. Another fact? She can destroy me any day of the week, because her books are just that fabulous. I fell wholly in love with The Bird and the Blade, and you can imagine that my expectations for Soulswift were high. But they were met and exceeded, of course.Just like its predecessor, Soulswift was gorgeously written, completely compelling, and owned my full heart from the first page.

#4: Burn by Patrick Ness:  ME:  Eh I don’t know if I like dragons, but it’s Patrick Ness so let’s try.

ME, AFTER: Wow so I love dragons and obviously Patrick Ness.


#3: The Space Between Worlds by Macaiah Johnson: Oh, how I loved this book! It was the perfect high stakes/high reward caper all over the multiverse, featuring a character that I grew to absolutely love.

#2: Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon: I can honestly say I’ve never loved a contemporary romance book more. This book won me over with its brilliant, well-written characters, perfect romance, and a fun plot that I related to so very much. If it’s not on your radar yet… put it there.

#1: Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez:  Furia is completely captivating, hopeful, and empowering. I recommend this book to every single person, and this is what everyone I know is getting for Christmas this year. (True story, I bought this for three people so far as gifts!)

Did any of these make your list? What was your favorite 2020 read?

Posted December 29, 2020 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Top Ten Tuesday , , / 22 Comments

22 responses to “Terrific Texts of ‘Twenty

  1. Pretty sure I read about Sonia’s prior to its release because the title caught my eye. But I have since forgotten about its existence. 😀 I’ll have to look it up again as a possible 2021 read.

  2. Honestly, how fondly I remember it- irrespective of my rating- is how I went into this year’s list too. Some books just stay with ya. 🙂 And wait- you’ve read LAst Night at the Telegraph Club? How was it? I mean, obviously it was good, being on your honorable mentions, but… yeah. Wanna try it. And Roanhorse. Yeah.

    Gonna add some of these…

  3. I can safely say this is my favorite TTT topic of the year. Obviously, it means my TBR’s going to explode, but I think it’ll be worth it. Picking up Malice, Soulswift and Today Tonight Tomorrow from this list. Black Sun is already on it, but I wish I could get my hands on the sequel too before I start off on it.
    Happy TTT and Happy 2021 in advance!

  4. Furia really deserves all the hype it gets. I thought that book was phenomenal. Solomon was on fire this year. I adore both her YA and adult rom-com. I hope she has more rom-coms in her.

  5. Beth W

    All of these look sooooo good! I haven’t read any yet, but I did recently purchase The Space Between Worlds, so maybe that’ll be my first read of 2021? Thanks as always for the recommendations!

  6. I’m supposed to work on my best of list tonight and I am STRESSED. Ironically enough, Deathless Divide made my most disappointing list, haha.

    I had Soulswift as audio but couldn’t get into it, I’ll need to try it again one day.

  7. I have Early Departures on my radar…and as you would say, I 150% support your copying-and-pasting method (how do you think I’m getting any non-review post done? 😂). Also…”terrific texts of ‘twenty”? LOL! Genius!

    Happy 2021! Here’s to more great books!

  8. I’m so glad to see that Black Sun and Burn made your top 10 list! They’re both on my TBR and I hope to read them this year, so I’m looking forward to them that much more now. 😀 I’m a little offended that you don’t know if you like dragons, though. T_T I definitely need to read The Space Between Worlds still, though! You definitely convinced me to add that to my TBR last year. xD

  9. Ah I love your list so much Shannon. I adored Today Tonight Tomorrow as well and am so happy to see it here! I’m also glad you enjoyed Not Your Lovestory, I’ve seen some conflicted reviews about that one, but it sounds SO good, I hope I can get it soon 🙂

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