Top 10 Books I Read In 2020

Hello everyone,

It is that time where I look back at all of my 2020 reads and choose a top 10!

I have been fortunate to read a lot of fantastic books this year, so that made narrowing it down all the more challenging. There has been a great deal of variety and diverse voices in there to select from, and numerous genres that have thrilled and enthralled me in equal measure.

So here is my top 10 list, in no particular order.

A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson

For me, this was just the perfect Young Adult thriller. It was absorbing from the first page to last; a brilliant mystery that brought twists, tension, and amazing characters. I cannot praise it enough.

My review

With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I loved everything about this book. It is a lovely story of self-discovery that put a smile on my face. Emoni was an amazing protagonist and had such an authentic voice. After reading this, Elizabeth Acevedo confirmed her status as one of my absolute favourite authors.

My review

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

As far as legal thrillers go, this one sets the bar very high. It has the most tantalising premise, and it is executed brilliantly with a thrilling dual narrative structure and a sense of unpredictability. The twist at the end is the crowning glory.

My review

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

This was a very unique and special book which I shall never forget. It was such great fun to follow Nana’s feline perspective as he travelled across Japan with his owner Satoru, and then super emotional towards the end.

My review

Beast by Matt Wesolowski

Another amazing entry in the Six Stories series. The level of realism that Matt Wesolowski manages to achieve – even with a paranormal spin – is quite breathtaking, and the atmosphere and intrigue that permeated through this book was extraordinary.

My review

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This is one of the best books I have ever read, without a shadow of a doubt. It made me feel things no other novel has before, such was the extent to which I was immersed in the story of Kya. It contained a gripping mystery, poignant themes, and a spellbinding celebration of nature. A masterpiece.

My review

The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech

This was a rollercoaster ride of emotions, characterised by several unique elements and some beautiful writing. It is a love story unlike any other I have read, and it had such a vast scope that it could fit into multiple genres.

My review

The Once And Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

I honestly did not want this book to end. It was magnificent, from the quality of the storytelling to the amazing cast of characters. Imagination was there in abundance and the detail second to none. I am pretty sure it is a book I shall be recommending for a long time to come.

My review

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

The second book by Elizabeth Acevedo to make it into my top 10! What can I say, she is just such a fantastic author! This one saw her return to writing in verse, and I loved this story of two girls seemingly far apart, yet inextricably connected. The writing was so powerful, too.

My review

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

This is the last book I finished this year, but it is unquestionably one of the best. While in essence aΒ Romeo and JulietΒ retelling, it has a little bit of everything including a brilliant 1920s Shanghai setting. It is a book that deserves all the hype!

Review to come!

Honourable Mentions

As it was so difficult to choose a top 10 this year, I just wanted to add a section for some of the other books I loved, just so they get the attention they deserve.

Let’s Chat

Have you read any of the books in my top 10? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading πŸ™‚

61 thoughts on “Top 10 Books I Read In 2020

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing has one of the BEST examples of descriptive imagery I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It was such a heartwarming story!

    (spoiler: did not think it was believable she was living on her own as a kid though!)

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      1. Oh I think I will ❀. I’d love to read all of Louise’s novels that I’m missing and I want to listen to Six Stories and Hydra too.
        Both Louise and Matt have extraordinary story telling skills.

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  2. Clap When You Land and Where the Crawdads Sing are on my 2021 TBR. I’m really excited about both of them. I’ve seen a lot of people putting Thirteen on their top books this year so I’ve just bought it in the Kindle sale! Thanks for the inspiration πŸ™‚

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  3. I just finished These Violent Delights as well and enjoyed it immensely. It was pretty intense from the opening pages.

    Many of the other books are on my TBR. I hope to read most of them in 2021. Thank you for this wonderful list!

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  4. Ahh I love your list, definitely saw most of them coming because of how often you talked about them haha. Love that you have 2 Acevedo books on here. And ah you already know which ones I really need to get to welp. Eeeeppp and YAY FOR THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS BEING HERE!!! So so so glad you loved it xx

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    1. Thank you! Yes I can never stop eulogising about the books I really liked haha. Elizabeth Acevedo is a fantastic author and yes These Violent Delights is a stunning read, I loved everything about it!

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  5. Lovely list! I loved With the Fire on High, and Once and Future Witches was a magical, addicting read! I also really need to read These Violent Delights. Happy New Year! πŸŽ‰

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  6. Ooh so many great books on this list!! I absolutely loved The Once and Future Witches and Clap When You Land too, and I’m very excited to read With the Fire On High and These Violent Delights. Here’s to many more great books in 2021!

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    1. They were incredible books and I’m glad we both enjoyed them! These Violent Delights is stunning and I am convinced you will love it, Margaret. With The Fire On High was lovely too, it put a smile on my face. Looking forward to your thoughts on both!


  7. Brilliant list, Stephen! Many of the books on your list made it to my list this year or in previous years too! I really must start reading Elizabeth Acevedo’s books, I have seen nothing but praise for her work. I hope 2021 is a great year for you and you read some more great books!

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  8. About half of these (Thirteen, The Lion Tamer Who Lost, The Once and Future Witches, Where the Crawdads Sing) are on my TBR so I’m really pleased to see they made it into your top 10 Stephen! πŸ₯° Although to be honest most of them were put on the list by your convincing reviews in the first place! πŸ“šβ€οΈ X x x

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