Hi, howdy, hello and happy Saturday. I rarely post anything on the weekend so this is kind of weird but the procrastination struck again and so this is coming a little bit late.
I spent my last day of 2020 driving into the city to get my dad a Covid test and then spent the day drinking. If that doesn’t sum up the year, I don’t know what will. I also widdled the 108 books I read, down to a few of my favourites and a couple of honourable mentions.
So today I’m going to be doing my favourite post of the year not only because I get to use my favourite gif ever that I use every year, but also because it’s time to talk about my favourite books of the year!!
I don’t normally do honourable mentions but I’m making an exception to the rules this year:
Together Apart by Various Authors – I still find it hilarious that this is even a thing that exists by despite the ridiculousness I can’t deny this collection of lockdown lovestories was a great read.
This Is Not the Jess Show by Anna Carey – A 2021 making an appareance here. I could have and would have read this whole thing in one night if not for having to go to work. This YA version of The Truman Show was entertaining and action packed. It really made me think, which I enjoyed. So thankful I recieved an ARC and can’t wait for other people to read this one!
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett – My love for Jenn Bennett contuined into this year. I read three of her books this year but this was definitely my favourite from the romance to the overall premise and plot of the book. I’ll definitely be re-reading this at some point.
I couldn’t fit this in with the set of photos but also another honourable mention is:
The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth – I have been wanting more f/f romances and this ticked all my boxes. I loved everything about this book and I’m so excited for Ciara Smyths upcoming release!
Ok. No onto my favourites. The true crème de la crème of everything I’ve read this year, in order of date read:
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
I genuinely keep forgetting that I read this in 2020 but yep, it was the first thing I finished. I really kicked things off with a bang.
Ninth House follows Galaxy “Alex” Stern, a girl with a very troubled past that can see ghosts, when she is offered a scholarship to Yale in exchange for keeping an eye on the schools various secrete society’s. This job becomes even harder when one of the society’s may be responsible for the recent murder on campus.
This book is not a book for everyone. It’s dark and it’s gruesome, if you’re thinking of checking this book out please be aware of the many, many possible trigger warnings beforehand, but I personally could not put it down! There’s a lot of explanation, especially in the beginning as we’re setting up the school, the societies, the characters, etc, and I can see why some people think this was slow but I find that stuff interesting, especially when it’s so well written like this one.
I am dying to read the sequel. I’m also terrified to read the sequel. A total mix of emotions. I am toying with the idea of re-reading this soon.
More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn
This was one of, if not my most anticipated book of the year and not only did I love this book, but I received an ARC of this and got to be apart of the Blog Tour.
More Than Maybe is the second book of Hahns I read, the first being You’d Be Mine which also made it’s way onto my favourite’s of last year. What I love so much about these books is that you can tell how much passion the author has for music, just from the way she writes about it.
This book follows two characters: Vada, an aspiring music journalist and Luke, a song writer living in the shadow of his punk rocker father, who team up for a school project. One of my favourite things about this book, besides the musical elements, is the romance, more specifically the MUTUAL PINING!!! You obviously can’t see me but I’m grinning just thinking back on this romance.
Erin Hahn is now an auto-buy author for me and I definitely plan on reading her upcoming novel, despite knowing next to nothing about it.
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Can you believe I told myself I wasn’t going to read this book and then it became my favourite Shadowhunter book ever? Hilarious.
Another hilarious thing is that the main plot point of this book is a demonic pandemic spreading through London, forcing the Shadowhunters to quarantine the whole city and I read this … during a pandemic while my country was in lockdown. The irony is not lost on me.
I truly loved every second of Chain of Gold and I was not expecting to. The plot, the writing, the characters, the romances, the cameos of past characters … all of it was *chefs kisses*. What I liked about this book is that it’s got a totally different vibe to the other books in this franchise. It’s got a lot more of a gothic tone (is that right?) to it then the others possibly due to the time period it’s set and I loved that.
And finally, I was really scared I wasn’t going to give two craps about these characters. Sure I love their parents but that doesn’t mean I’m going to care about these newbies but God I was so wrong! These characters are my CHILDREN and I am terrified for the safety (looking @ you Matthew!).
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
Lots of things happened in 2020 but possibly the biggest, most momentous thing is that I finally read Carry On!! Whoop, whoop!! And not only did I read Carry On but I read the sequel and loved it even more.
I feel like I had a unique experience with this sequel. Most people had to wait a long time for even a hint of this book coming out whereas I barely waited a week for this to arrive at my door. I saw a lot of mixed reviews when this first came out but I personally had a great time.
This book really focuses on “what comes after happily ever after?”, “what happens to the chosen one once they’ve fulfilled their destiny” and I thought this was so interesting and so entertaining to read about.
Another aspect I really had fun with was the fact that this is set in America. I thought the magic system being built on popular phrases and words was cool in the first book, but adding this interesting dynamic of their spells not working because they’re not common American phrases was so cool to me!
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
I was “hmm-ing” and “ahh-ing” where to put this for a while: honourable mentions of crème de la crème and you know what, I had a great time with this one so it’s going in with the favourites.
Kingdom of the Wicked is a historical fantasy set in Italy where we follow Emilia, a witch with a passion for cooking, as she teams up with a Prince of Hell to seek vengeance on the person that killed her twin sister.
This book was entertaining as hell and so much fun. It took me like a fair few weeks to read this because I stupidly picked it up right before exam season and didn’t have time to finish it before getting swamped. Having to set this book aside was torture because I just wanted to know what happened!!
The romance in this book was definitely part of why I loved this so much. It’s a slow burn enemies to lovers and I loved the way the relationship was established in this first book, the wit and chemistry between the characters was off the charts and I look forward to seeing how thier relationship progresses in the sequel.
Posting this late really messed up my schedule for the week but those were some of my favourite books of the year. I always have a giant smile on my face as I gush about my favourites of the year which just goes to show how much I loved them.
I would love to know what you thought of any of these books aswell as what books made your list of favourites. Thank you so much for reading and stay safe!!