Hello Hello, BookNerds! So this year has been filled with brilliant books, and I have adored so many that making this list was incredibly difficult! This list is made up of books published in 2020 or late 2019 (that I read in 2020, because I am a mess) and are some of the books I enjoyed the most this year (even if I didn’t give them the full 5 stars!) So let’s see what books I LOVED this year!
The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern. If you know me, know my blog, or have stumbled across my twitter then you will know that I ADORED this book. This was a hit or miss title for many readers but for me it was a big HIT, I loved the writing, the atmosphere, everything! THis is perfect for anyone who loves character driven stories with mesmerising, lyrical and poetic writing.
Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. THE GOTHIC NERD I AM ADORED THIS! So I was super super lucky to get on the blogtour for this (eARC courtesy of netgalley) and I was thrilled. This book plays with so many Gothic tropes and symbols but twists them into something unique and atmospheric. The setting, the characters, the twists and gore this was the perfect Gothic read and I will gush about it as much as possible.
Legacy Of Ash (Legacy Trilogy #1), by Matthew Ward. An epic, large scope, gritty and brutal fantasy anyone? This chunky book is any high fantasy lovers DREAM. It is a heavy book but in a good way because this world, the scope, the characters – everything is to die for. Literally. An AMAZING start to what I can only imagine will continue to be an epic series, I have book 2 ready to read and am so angry I haven’t yet! But if this is not on your TBR I strongly recommend adding it!
(EARC from Netgalley)
The Rage Of Dragons (The Burning #1), by Evan Winter. Another brilliant start to another fantastic series (Again I have book 2 and am kicking myself for not having jumped right in! eARC courtesy of netgalley for both titles). This book has an epic, but contained, world, strong African inspirations, incredible characters and a vengeance for the AGES. Revenge driven character stories are always fun, this one is fun, brutal and satisfying. With magc littered in between the brutal physical fights, this book hits the mark perfectly!
The Wolf Of Oren-Yaro (Chronicles Of The Bitch-Queen #1), By K.S. Villoso. AND The Ikessar Falcon (Chronicles Of The Bitch Queen #2), by KS VillosoANOTHER SERIES? YES IT IS! The ‘Bitch-Queen’ series is phenomenal. An Asian inspired adventure full of grit, brutal fights, deadly betrayals and delightfully flawed characters. This is another epic series where betrayal runs deep and trust is difficult to earn. I adored this series and both book 1 and 2 are AMAZING! (Both eARC’s from netgalley)
The Hidden King (The Coming Of Aed #1), by E.G Radcliff. (Sequel/Prequel: The Last Prince (The Coming Of Aed #2), by E.G. Radcliff) A Celtic inspired, brutal fae infused story – yes please! This brilliant indie title is an extraordinary tale of love, found family, and identity. A character driven story dripping with magic and violence – what’s not to love. This is a story that will make your heart ache with love and loss. (Review copy given by author)
The Angel Of Evil (The Great Devil War #4), by Kenneth B Andersen. This series is a fantastic YA delight. Funny, dark, thought-provoking and magical – it is everything you want from a fantasy series aimed at satisfying all audiences! This particular book is one of my favourites from the series, but each instalment is as compelling, witty and engaging as the last!
The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire #1) , by Andrea Stewart. Another Asian inspired fantasy that is incredibly unique and compelling. This delightful physical ARC had me up way past my bedtime! With morally grey characters to charm us, magical animal companions to swoon over and deadly secrets, this book is an all aorund success. The stand out magic system is incredible, the risks are real and the twists are shocking and horrifying. This is a series I will be keeping my eyes on!
We Ride The Storm (The Reborn Empire #1), by Devin Madson. What can I say except READ IT READ IT READ IT. Another physical ARC that had me tearing through it! Oh the characters, the sass, the sarcasm, the battles – this is an epic fantasy with high stakes and BRUTAL scenes. While there is definitely a compelling political plot, and a web of deadly games and secrets, the characters truly elevate this story. They are real, funny, witty and flawed and I couldn’t get enough of them.
The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue, by V.E. Schwab. (eARC) As a Schwab newbie, having only read book 1 ADSOM, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this title. BUT I LOVED IT. The flashbacks, the love story, the magic and loopholes – it kept me on my toes! The slow character driven plot is delicious and deligtful, the dynamic of the devil and our main charcater is captivating, and the development over the ourse of the story is truly brilliant. Definitely a book you should pray to receive this christmas (But carefull, don’t pray after dark!)
Girl, Serpent, Thorn, by Melissa Bashardoust. I have to give this book a shoutout because it took me for A RIDE. This stunning eARC/book is a Persian inspired fairytale-esque story that you think you can predict BUT LET ME TELL YOU it will throw you for a loop and go from great to amazing.
Stay Mad, Sweetheart, by Heleen Kist. Another well-deserved shoutout. I read this courtesy of BBNYA, and adoreed it. THis raw and real tale of sexual assaul, cyber-harassment, sexual harrasment and vengeance will make you think and will have you racing through the pages.
The Once And Future Witches, by Alix E Harrow. This beautiful physical ARC had to have an honorable mention from me. This feminist, witchy tale is FANTASTIC. With a fight for magic and freedom, this book with its Grimm fairytale charm will have you on the edge of your seat.
The Obsidian Tower (Rooks And Ruin #1), by Melissa Caruso. Heartbreaking magic, clever witty female lead and a castle of secrets, this definitely had to be mentioned! The characters dynamics are hilarious, the magic is interesting and the secrets thrilling, another brilliant series to keep your eyes on!
Ok, so I cheated a bit and have more than 10 books on this list, but honestly I read so many fantastic titles that I really couldn’t narrow it donw! Perhaps I should have done a top 20 – oh well! My list is a tad bias to fantasy, and a lot of Orbit titles, but it is not my fault they have so many good books!
Have you read any of these? Did you like them as much as I did? Let Me Know!
What was on your top favourite list?