Greetings fellow readers on this wonderful New Year’s Eve. I waited for today so I could share my favorite reads of 2020. I managed to complete my Goodreads challenge and even went over by a bit. Out of those 100+ books from this year, here are my favorites in order of date reviewed.
Buried in Her Past by Eva MacKenzie
This is the book that made me fall in love with thrillers again. I read it way back in February before the year of COVID hit us. The way Eva writes is wonderful. You know the old cliché about letting out the breath you didn’t know you were holding? This book was totally that for me. I was constantly on edge and this novel still makes me think.
The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips
The Beast and the Bethany was so funny that I couldn’t help but chuckle right out loud throughout the whole thing. While the absolute dastardliness of every character would turn some people off, Jack Meggitt-Phillips writes it in a way that lets you look past it. This was my first The Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour and it turned out to be awesome! Dave really knows how to pick the best books for his tours. I read this book in August which is my birthday month, so this novel made for a great birthday gift.
One on One by Michael Kelso
Michael approached me to read this novel awhile ago. I finally read it in September and it turns out that the novel was spectacular. It is gruesome and very graphically violent. But, I was able to look past that and read the hopeful undertones.
Gobbledy by Lis Anna-Langston
Gobbledy is the sweetest middle grade novel I have read in a long time. The writing is spectacular and it is funny, cute, and suspenseful all wrapped up in one adorable package. I read this one in October and was the first Bookstagram pic I was proud of.
Gentleman Jim by Mimi Matthews
Gentleman Jim was my favorite romance of the year. The story was exciting while still being romantic. I loved every minute of this novel. It has everything you could ever want. There is a strong woman with an equally strong man and they fight the wrongs that have been committed against them. Also, the cover is awesome! This was a Netgalley ARC that I read in November.
The City that Barks and Roars by JT Bird
This novel was part of a November blog tour that I did with Emma from Damppebble Blog Tours. I adored this book. It is a gritty crime novel at its core, but the characters are animals. The City that Barks and Roars is absolutely wonderful. It has funny bits that involve a sarcastic penguin and a smooth talking monkey. The part that I love most is that a trio of beavers are the heroes of the story. This one spoke right to my animal loving heart.
The Cousins by Karen McManus
The Cousins was another one of Dave’s ultimate blog tours from The Write Reads. It is a delightfully suspenseful young adult novel that kept me on the edge of my seat through the whole thing. I didn’t see the ending coming at all and I was shocked right out of my skin!
The Bird in the Window by Wendy Dalrymple
I read The Bird in the Window as part of a December Blackthorn Book Tours review. It’s a short story that packs a punch. The build up is really good in this mystery. The end is nothing like I thought it was going to be. My favorite short story all year.
Warehouse Dreams by Theresa Halvorsen
Warehouse Dreams was a book that I had been looking forward to since it arrived. I stumbled through the first quarter trying to read as time allowed. But, when I picked it up for the final time, there was no putting it down. When I finally had the time to read as I liked, I read it through in one sitting. I was mesmerized by the world that Theresa built and could not get enough. Luckily, there will be a sequel and I am ready for it!
Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston
Amari and the Night Brothers is by far my favorite book of the year. I had the chance to read so many great books this year, but Amari is my hero and I will follow her to the ends of the Earth. I didn’t know it was possible to knock Harry Potter off of my favorite series pedestal, but BB Alston has done it in the form of Amari Peters. This one is released in January and I urge everyone to read it. I promise you will love it.
That’s it friends. These are my best loved stories of 2020. I feel like 2021 will bring even more good stories into my life and I am excited to venture into them. I hope you all have a wonderful and happy new year.