2020 has been an odd year all round for a variety of reasons. In terms of my reading though it’s been nuts!! I’ve read so much this year, and most of it genres that aren’t my usual compared to previous years.
I want to share some of my top reads but first, let’s talk some general numbers.
I’m writing this post on the 14th of December, so there is a fair chance that number has gone up.
That is insane. I N S A N E. The past few years I’ve been lucky to read 50 books in a year. This is actually mind blowing.
There are three reasons for my dramatic increase in reading:
- I’ve been unemployed since March (that will hopefully change early next year). That means lots of free time with nothing better than reading to do.
- I mostly read ebooks (I’m pretty sure I read faster on my ereader)
- I read so much romance this year because I wanted light and fluffy stuff most of the time. These are usually (but not always) shorter books.
While I read a lot of books, not all of them were 5 star reads. The majority were honestly 3 star fluffy ebooks I got from the library or cheap from the Kobo store (instead of reading from my TBR pile, which I could have obliterated by now if I actually read the books on it…)
Out of those 371 reads, I had 32 books I rated as 4.5 or 5 stars. They contained:
- 9 rereads (3 of those were ebooks. Also contained some audiobooks of books I own physically)
- 3 physical books
- 21 ebooks
That’s a lot of books to put in a post but I’m going to do it anyway! I won’t say much about each book though, just a hint of tropes, genre, etc.
My Top Rereads
Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
NA historical fantasy. My all time favourite Beauty and the Beast retelling. I reread it almost every year. Features a scribe, a unique surly “beast”, and creepy forest/ ghost thing with a mystery.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
YA Sci-Fi series. Featured retellings of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. I reread the entire series via audiobooks!
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
YA Sci-Fi. Hilarious. Great characters. Amazing flight/ fight scenes. Was meant to be a reread to prepare for the sequel, which I then just didn’t pick up…
When A Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
Historical romance. Scottish castle. Scientist heroine writes letters to a fake military man for a fake courtship to avoid marriage. Turns out the name she addressed her letters to belonged to a real man. Hilarious.
Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker
Super sweet romance. Young single mother heroine pulls a famous hockey player from a burning car. They become friends and then more and it’s amazing.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Enemies to lovers office romance. I found it hilarious and addictive on both reads.
My Top Physical Reads
House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas
New NA/ Adult fantasy series from Sarah J Maas. No one is surprised I loved this. I love the scale of the world and the characters. Cannot wait for the sequels.
Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons) by Sarah J Maas
NA Catwoman retelling. Set in Gotham. I did not expect to love this as much as I did. It was amazing.
Serpent and Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin
YA/NA fantasy. Witches. Marriage of Convenience. Banter galore.
My Top eBooks
Making Faces by Amy Harmon
YA/ NA Contemporary. Marketed as modern Beauty and the Beast. Bittersweet. I cried a lot.
Advice from A Jilted Bride (The Bailey’s #3) by Piper Rayne
Fun romance. Bride left at the alter on the day her new neighbour (and boss) moves in. Third instalment in a romance series where each sibling gets their own book.
Demise of a Self-Centred Playboy (The Bailey’s #5) by Piper Rayne
Another fun romance in the Bailey’s series. Hate to love. Characters are forced to work together in their adventure business.
Marriage for One by Ella Maise
Marriage of convenience. Super slow burn. Surly but sweet hero. I read it in a single sitting. I’m probably going to reread it before the end of the year.
Beauty and the Moustache (Knitting in the City #4) by Penny Reid
Sweet romance. Lots of emotions. Family feels! Glorious sibling relationships. Another I might reread before the end of the year.
Rifts and Refrains (Hush Note #2) by Devney Perry
Second chance romance. Also rockstar/ celebrity romance trope. Lots more family feels. Started a Devney Perry binge that may not ever end.
Timid (Lark Cove #2) by Devney Perry
Kind of second chance romance? It was sweet. Loved Willa’s growth and the family scenes.
Tragic (Lark Cove #3) by Devney Perry
This gave me SO MANY feels! Features accidental pregnancy trope. The characters though!!
Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn.
I read this way back at the start of the year so memory is foggy. But I really enjoyed it. Lots of New York.
Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata
Friends to lovers, super slow burn. First half told through letters and emails.
From Lukov, With Love by Mariana Zapata
Ice skating! Hate to love! All the banter and foster animals! Companion to Dear Aaron.
The Wall of Winnipeg by Mariana Zapata
Marriage of convenience with a little bit of hate to love. Sports romance. Super slow burn. Banter galore. Giant book I stayed up until 3am to finish.
The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy
NA college and hockey romance. Fake dating trope. Biggest surprise of the year! I got it as a freebie on Kobo and it was SO GOOD.
Hard Fall (Trophy Boyfriends #2) by Sara Ney
Sweet sports romance (baseball). I laughed so much. Fantastic family scenes.
The Dugout by Meaghan Quinn
New adult college/ sports romance (baseball). Adorable. Hilarious. Feels.
A Raven’s Heart (Secrets and Spies #2) by Kate Bateman
Historical romance. Features spies in 1815. Brother’s best friend romance trope. Heroine is a codebreaker!
A Lord for the Lass (Tartans & Titans #2) by Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan
Historical romance. Scottish highlands! Sweet. Feels. Another I read really early in the year so blanking a bit but it was nice!
Twice Tempted by a Rogue (Stud Club #2) by Tessa Dare
Historical romance. Surly, scarred ex-solider. Innkeeper. Wales. Castle ruins and mystery.
Surrender of a Siren (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy #2) by Tessa Dare
Historical romance. Set on a ship! Hidden identities. Swoony hero. Lots of banter.
Wicked and the Wallflower (Bareknuckle Bastards #1) by Sarah MacLean
Historical romance. Crime Lord/ smuggler (but doing good). Wallflower. Hilarious banter. Amazing characters. Found family.
Brazen and the Beast (Bareknuckle Bastards #2) by Sarah MacLean
Basically same as Wicked and the Wallflower. But replace wallflower with businesswomen. Smart gals all round.
What were some of your top reads this year?
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