Best of 2020: 13 Books I Loved

Posted December 29, 2020 by shooting in Book Review / 52 Comments

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m excited to link up with Jana and Steph for Show Us Your Books and with Top Ten Tuesday. Both of these link-ups this week are about our favorite 2020 books.

I chose 13 books that I read in 2020 to share today. All of these are 5 star reads and books that I would recommend! The purchase links are affiliate links; I get a small % at no extra cost to you – and you help independent bookstores!

13 Books I Loved in 2020

YA Historical Fiction – my review

YA Contemporary Fiction – my review

Adult Mystery – my review

Adult Mystery – my review

Middle Grade Fantasy – my review









Adult Mysery (also LGBT+) – my review

YA Fantasy – my review

Adult Romance (also LGBT+) – my review

Middle Grade Graphic Novel – my review

Middle Grade Fantasy – my review

Adult Mystery – my review

Adult Fantasy – my review

Middle Grade Contemporary – my review

Do we have any in common? Find any new books from my list? I’d love to know!ย 

Before You Go-ย 

I have a few things I want to share before you head off to the next blog.

Do you review books on Instagram or Goodreads? I’m working with DartFrog Books (part of Red Clover Digital) and we are building up our reviewer database. You must live in the U.S. or Canada at the moment. You will get review requests if we think a book would be a good fit for you, and you’ll get a physical copy if you accept. Once you review, you will get paid in the form of a check (payment goes up based on the length of the book and # of followers). You can sign up for one or both databases-

Instagram/Bookstagram – sign up here

Goodreads (you can post on your blog too, but you have to at least post on Goodreads) – sign up hereย 

Interested in joining a reading challenge in 2021? Come sign up for the Read the Alphabet Challenge, which I am co-hosting. You’ll read a book that begins with every letter of the alphabet, but in order. January is books that begin with A and B. You can skip letters or months, so don’t let it stress you out. If you read something that fits the month, link up your review, and you’ll get an entry into the giveaways (we’ll have four throughout the year). This is a great way to whittle down books you already own!


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Finally, I am hosting an Instagram giveaway for a copy of In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren PLUS Color Street Nails in the design Holidaze. If The Book Depository ships to you, then you can enter (so it’s mostly International). Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve!!!)

52 responses to “Best of 2020: 13 Books I Loved

  1. Great choices! I enjoyed Boyfriend Material a lot too. I finally got my most recent Dart Frog book – the mail has been awful! And I’ll be sharing it today!

  2. I haven’t read most of your list – I’ll need to check some out. The Guest List was our only overlap (from your favorites, anyway). Thanks for sharing and happy new year!

  3. Carly

    Yay for New Kid– I read the digital copy so it was cool to see the actual book in your photo. I really enjoyed Class Act too! I really liked The Guest list and want to read The Hunting Party next year hopefully.

  4. Oooh the Guest List sounds interesting. I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve read any of these books (maybe the Rainbow Rowell one?? It sounds familiar). Thank you for sharing and hope you are enjoying the holidays! Xoxo

  5. Ooh I am loving your list because there’s some new-to-me stuff here that sounds great – particularly that first one! Just got a Kindle deal on Boyfriend Material and am excited to pick it up – saving for when the winter doldrums really kick in ๐Ÿ™‚ Also I keep hearing about Nevermoor, and I’m trying to decide whether to read it, or just to hold out and read it with my son, because I think it’s going to be right up his alley…

  6. Joanne

    I haven’t read any of these though I know my son loves the Morrigan Crow series as he just got the latest one for Christmas.

  7. So many books here that are on my TBR and under normal circumstances would have been read by now. Some have even been checked out multiple times but returned unread – looking at your Guest List. I need to find out when the next book in the Nevermoor series is coming out or came out. Ugh. Feel so behind but fingers crossed next year will be a better reading year for me!

  8. I’ve read four of these! I especially loved THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL and am really looking forward to Lee’s newest about a girl onboard Titanic. It sounds excellent, like all of Lee’s books.

    Unfortunately, I’ve already joined too many reading challenges for 2021. BUT I did just make a reading challenge blog (, so I will add your challenge to the database.

  9. The only one on your list I’ve read is Carry On and that was my least favorite Rowell book I’ve read (I actually stopped reading her because so many are related to Carry On). But not every book is for everyone and that’s why I love books so much.

  10. I have The Library of the Unwritten on my TBR. I really can’t wait to read it. You have a great list of books here. I hope you have a wonderful rest of 2020 and that 2021 is filled with love, happiness, and lots of reading. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค๏ธ

  11. San

    Thanks for the inspiration. I haven’t read any of these books (yet!).
    2020 was a mediocre reading year for me… lots of “ups and downs”.

  12. I have loved all the books in the Nevermoor series. I’ve seen so many people rave about The Guest List. I need to try that one! Happy New Year!

  13. Great variety of books on your list, Lauren. You’re an amazing reader!! I love that concept about the unfinished books going to library hell. LOL. I have a few characters I hope don’t end up there ๐Ÿ˜‰ Nice to read your reviews as well. Happy New Year!

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  14. Heroine was SO good, I agree. The Guest List is on my TBR, and I’ve heard good things about The New Kid too! So many books to check out!

  15. Iโ€™ve read just one of your favourites but I am noticing a couple I was excited to be released but still havenโ€™t got to reading. I know a few people who enjoyed The Guest List and I bought The Downstairs Girl not long ago and take this as a sign I should read.

  16. You know I gave The Downstairs Girl three stars but I was like rereading the beginning of it for something for work and now I think I need to reevaluate the book. I need to reread basically because I think it’s better than I remember. I definitely need to read The Guest List this year but the library has a crazy waitlist.

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