Hey guys! Today I’m bringing you my favourite books of 2020. I have read so many great books this year and I’m excited to share them with you. These are all books I rated five stars and was blown away by. So let’s get into it!
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas: I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this and I am so thrilled that I read it in the end. It’s such an amazing book and possibly my favourite out of this entire list. It’s around 800 pages, so it’s a big book, however, I was not once bored the entire time I was reading it. Sarah constantly keeps the plot moving, so my attention never once wavered. There’s so much for you to invest in and I could not put it down because of it. The worldbuilding is incredible and I fell in love with the characters – Bryce and Hunt, in particular. The ending made me cry, it was so emotional. If you’re hesitant about reading it, please just go for it. You will not regret it. It’s the perfect adult fantasy and I cannot wait to read the second one.
The Stolen Sisters by Louise Jensen: This one was an unexpected five star read. The publisher was giving away advanced copies so I requested one because I liked the sound of it. I hadn’t heard of the author before so I had no idea what to expect and I’m so happy that I managed to get a copy because it blew me away. I’ll definitely be checking more of Louise’s books. It’s not for the faint of heart because the sisters in this story go through a very traumatic experience and they never fully recover from it. They are all kidnapped when they are children and the story flips back and forth between their escape and the looming twentieth anniversary. It’s a really hard-hitting story and I felt so many different emotions while I was reading it. I felt desperately sorry for the sisters and how their childhood was so cruelly taken from them. There’s also so many heartbreaking twists and I had to take a moment to myself after I finished it because this book is just so incredibly impactful. This is a story that will stay with me and one that I’ll recommend to so many other readers.
Spellslinger series by Sebastien de Castell: I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve mentioned or spoken about this series on my blog. I’m not sorry because I love it so much and I just need everyone to read it. I reread the first three books this year before finally finishing the series and I am gutted that it’s over. It’s a series that stands out because it teaches you that you don’t need special powers to be a hero. This series is about an ordinary boy in a world full of magic and somehow he manages to survive and find his place in the world. It’s a really extraordinary story and I feel a lot of people will appreciate that message. There’s so many young adult books out there where the main character is the most powerful person in existence and no one even comes closer to competing with them. It’s nice to read a series about someone who doesn’t have any powers and doesn’t actually know what they want out of life anymore. You get to go on an incredible journey with Kellen and it’s easy to fall in love with this series after the first couple books. I’ll always love it and I can’t wait to read it again sometime.
Hangman & Endgame by Daniel Cole: I loved these two books so much, but I can’t go into too much detail about the plot as they are actually part of a series. I didn’t rate the first book five stars, which is why that isn’t included, but I still really enjoyed it and gave it four stars. I highly, highly recommend this trilogy if you are a fan of crime thrillers. I would say though that it’s not for the faint of heart as it’s so dark and twisted. The plot of each book was so relentless. I wasn’t given a chance to recover from the shock of the last twist before another one was presented. In the first book, Ragdoll, a body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together and is labelled the ‘ragdoll’ by the press. The killer then releases a list of names to the media, and the dates on which he intends to murder them. Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes Detective Emily Baxter are assigned to the case and are racing to find the killer. Honestly, one of my favourite series. It was so shocking and grisly.
Death Note Vol. 1&2 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata: Another series I have really loved this year! I’ve talked about this a lot but I really think the story provides something that you can have an endless debate on. It really makes you question your morals and what is right and wrong. The character in this series finds the “Death Note”, which grants him the ability to kill anyone whose name is written in its pages. He then decides to use it to create a utopian society and only kills criminals as a way to rid the world of evil. It is such an addictive series because you really do become invested in the story. I would say the plot is very unique but the main character is what really captures your attention. Light has such an interesting view of the world and he’s the reason why I was constantly switching sides throughout. Also, I really liked the artwork! I thought the black and white pages would put me off but the story is just that good that I didn’t care in the end.
So these were my favourite books of 2020! Have you read any of them? What did you think of them? What were your favourite books this year? I’d love to know! Feel free to leave a comment below. I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!