Over on my Instagram, I shared the books in my top 2020. I will also be sharing my top 10. I thought I would share a bit about my top 20 books along with a quick summery. I have posted reviews here on my website for most of these books, for those I haven’t, I will be posting very soon.
Let’s dive in to my top 20 which are in no particular order
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
This has to be one of my absolutely favourite reads this year! Not only do I love Stalking Jack the Ripper, but I love the whole series. This is a YA novel which I would classify as Historical Crime as we follow Audrey Rose as she goes against society normals as she wants to investigate and help the police in solving murders. This book is set when Jack the Ripper was during his spree and Audrey Rose works with Thomas to solve the mystery which is close to home. I love how historically correct it is even with the addition of the main characters. I enjoyed following Audrey and Thomas during the next three books. If you haven’t read it, definitely check it out!
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Caraval set me on a journey of other stories filled with the circus. Garner did such an amazing job creating a rich atmosphere and connection between Scarlett and Tella that Scarlett will do anything for her. The romance was amazing and I loved seeing the characters grow!
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
This is the first book in Maniscalco’s new series and it didn’t disappoint at all. I loved the sisters and their connection to each other. It was a perfect read for October and I’m looking forward to the second book. It was filled with witches, demons and the Princes of Hell which are the deadly sins.
Fable by Adrienne Young
The world that Young created in Fable had me along for the ride and I loved diving in the sea and travelling on ships with Fable and West’s crew. I really enjoyed the strong female main character who we saw begin to find friends in West’s crew. We learnt about Fable’s past and the cliffhanger at the end has me wanting to read Namesake. Definitely will be rereading Namesake as I have received an ARC copy.
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
From Blood and Ash is a perfect romance story with a strong woman who doesn’t fully trust those around her except for a select few. I love this book and quickly went into the second book. Armentrout’s world and character building is amazing! Definitely pick up this book and read it!
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
This book and then series had my full attention when I saw it was about descendants of Sherlock Holme and John Watson. After reading SJTR I really loved another mystery solving duo.
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
This book has Vikings, romance and fighting as well as two clans that end up working together to save their people. I really loved being transported into this book and seeing the characters grow.
With Shield and Ink and Bone by Casey L Bond
This book is full of Vikings and Norse mythology and the story of revenge and strength in the face of loss had me hooked. Bond truely takes you into the world of the Vikings where the gods and goddesses interact and change peoples fates. If you love Norse mythology this is a book for you.
When Wishes Bleed by Casey L Bond
When Wishes Bleed is full of magic and and Fate. It’s the first book in the duology and the main character Sable and the Prince Tauren grow and learn to rely on one another to solve the mystery. Fate plays a huge role in this book the second. I truely enjoyed this book and one that I will be reading again like all of these books.
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
This book has Hogwarts vibes but doesn’t have the professors and everything is out to kill you. Scholomance is a school full of magic where if you fail means death. Im looking forward to returning to Scholomance and see what happens to El next.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
This was completely definitely to anything that I have read this year and not something that I would typically gravitate to. It holds elements that I love and the switching between Addie’s past and present. I ended up loving the book and it definitely tugs on the heart strings!
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
This is the first book the series and is filled with witches and soldiers who are religious. I loved the growth of Lou and Reid and how they grow. It’s a perfect book to read if you want a slow romance and is an enemies to lovers troupe.
House of Earth and Blood- Crescent City by Sarah J Maas
This book is on my top 20 as I truely enjoyed the world full of angels, werewolves and all these supernatural creatures. I loved the interaction between Bryce and Danika then between Hunt and Bryce. If you want a book full of supernatural definitely give this book a go!
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This book takes us into the stars and on an adventure with polar opposites as they work together to uncover what happened on a planet. It sets up the trilogy so well and the two perspectives were amazingly written. It is a YA fantasy/sci fi novel that I loved this year and will be reading again.
The Shadow Curse by Kala Merseal
You are transported to a world full of magic in this book where there are different creatures and a darkness that is spreading. The characters are diverse and work together and grow through the book. It sets up the series very well and I enjoyed the second book as well.
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
Paolini did amazing job with this Sci Fi novel. Transported me into space and reminded me of Star Trek with space exploration and the fighting that happens. If you a looking for a book in space, give this a read.
The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This first book in the series and is filled with magic and logic, fate and choice and deadly love. I enjoyed the two characters coming two different lands with different ideas as well as beliefs. The cliffhanger has me wanting the next book in the series!
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
I really love the strong and independent protagonist and how she quickly adapts to situations. This book has to be in my top 20 as the whole series I really enjoyed this year.
Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova
I enjoyed the team work and the twist at the end. I can’t wait for the second book. I also loved the characters and the world with different abilities.
Akarnae by Lynette Noni
This book takes aspects of other books that I’ve really enjoyed. Aspects of the Xmen, Harry Potter and the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The main protagonist Alex is thrown into a new place and immediately runs into the antagonist. I loved the world of Medora and definitely will be returning.