It’s time for my book awards!! I had so much fun doing this last year, so I was really looking forward to doing it again this year! These are all based on my opinions and my overall thoughts on each book. Here’s how I broke things up into categories:
1. 2020 releases
2. Best of each Genre
3. Miscellaneous awards (like saddest book)
Here we go! Only books released in 2020 were considered for these categories.
Technically, I’ll Be The One isn’t Lyla Lee’s first book, but it is her first YA book…I’m counting that because I freaking adored this book! It follows a plus-sized, bisexual girl who wants to become a KPop star even though the world tells her she’s not “normal” enough.
I just thoroughly enjoyed Vicious Spirits! I was a little unsure about it because it’s a “companion” to the first book in the series, but once I started reading about the Korean mythology and the character growth, I was sucked in.
Hands down, without a doubt, possibly the best series ending I’ve ever read! I’m not even kidding, The Empire of Gold was exactly what I want in an ending.
I don’t think I actually read too many series beginnings released this year, but From Blood and Ash is definitely one of the ones I’m most excited to continue! I love the heavy focus on romance, but also the fantasy elements.
The cover of The Kingdom of Back is just stunning! While I didn’t absolutely love the book itself, I’m in love with this cover. It follows Motzart and his sister through their childhood.
This is pretty simple: I’m just picking my favorite books in various genres, regardless of year published!
I just freaking adored The Queen of Blood! The sequel, The Reluctant Queen, was also amazing! This series is the right mix of nostalgia and freshness, while also having a setting and characters I really love.
I didn’t really read many science fiction books, so there weren’t many contenders, but A Closed and Common Orbit was still excellent! It explored a lot of themes around what it means to be human and family that I really enjoyed.
This book was just so cute! As soon as I read Get a Life, Chloe Brown, I immediately needed to read more by Talia Hibbert. She has a way of writing such adorable romances with still including all different types of people that you might not see in a typical romance.
I couldn’t believe how much I loved The Downstairs Girl! It takes a look at post-Civil War Atlanta and discusses racism and sexism, yet is still such a light, fun, cute story.
Invisible Women is one of the first non-memoir non-fiction books I’ve read and it made me so mad! Maybe I’ll stick to memoirs, I don’t need to know real facts.
I had to turn this into a category that includes manga, because I read the entire Fullmetal Alchemist manga and I loved it! I’ve seen both anime multiple times, so I knew I would love it, but it just felt so good to see these characters again.
New category this year! I ended up reading a lot of books that weren’t necessarily romance (even though most of them contained it), so I decided to make a contemporary category. The Switch was so good and heartwarming! It was one I was really looking forward to, so it didn’t disappoint.
A category for random awards! The fun ones, in my opinion. (Also, some of these are negative, no shade if you liked the books I didn’t)
Not that I was expecting to dislike this book, but it took me by surprise! The whole Rebel of the Sands series was overall so good. It was definitely a rebellion story, but it had some very cool twists, intriguing magic, and a romance that I loved.
Oof…this book. I get angry every time I scroll past Love at First Like on my Goodreads. The main character was such a manipulative person and the plot was just…bad.
Winter Garden…so many things about this book made me so freaking sad, especially the ending. Anything World War II is always extra sad to me, but man, I’m definitely not rereading this one because I can’t handle crying like that again.
Tessa Dare is definitely a new favorite I discovered in 2020! I read 7 of her books, I think, and I pretty much enjoyed them.
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 was definitely a book that stood out to me! Not only was it so impactful and kickstarted the #MeToo movement in South Korea, but it was also one of the first translated books I’ve read. It was a very interesting mix of fiction and fact.
I did read this right at the beginning of 2020, but I could not tell you what happened in Goldenhand. I overall enjoyed the rest of this series, but this one was a miss for me.
I don’t know if I should say who it is for the sake of spoilers? If you’ve read it, you know. I read the first two books in The Bone Season series this year. The romance doesn’t start out as romance, but I liked the tension between them the whole time. The relationship is being developed slowly over this series and I love that slowburn.
I didn’t really read many standalones this year, but Girl, Serpent, Thorn was a good time! It ended up being different than I expected, but I loved the themes the author weaves through her stories.
Here we are, at the last award! Best read of the year, out of 123 books, is Fireborne! I listened to this book on audio and stayed up so late to keep listening because I just could not get enough. The complexity of the characters themselves, as well as their relationship to each other was so good. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out soon, and I also can’t wait to reread this book in preparation of that release!
That’s it for this year’s book awards!! Do you agree with any of these choices?