My Top 10 Reads of 2020

Hey guys!

We are officially in the run up to Christmas and New Years and I decided, despite the fact 2020 isn’t over yet, that I wanted to do my run down of my favourite 2020 reads because I don’t have time later in the month and I didn’t want to wait – also…I was just in the mood. Since starting my Goodreads account in 2017 this has been my most productive reading year to date with a current total of 74 books. I hope to add a few to this before the year actually ends too but this meant that when I tried to whittle this list down to 5 I really struggled so I am going with 10. As always I can’t wait to hear about what your favourite book was this year down below! But I will stop keeping you in suspense and just get to my list.

P.s I had a top reads of 2020 tag on my Goodreads this year so I remembered them as I went through and I will link that HERE if you are interested in finding the links to any of the books I mention.

10. Shaken (Struck #3) by Joss Stirling

If you have been a long reader of my blog you will know that I adore this series by Joss Stirling. It has spies, romance, teen drama – so many of my favourite things. So naturally it wound up on my top reads list this year just like the last two. Of the entire series, this was my least favoruite but I think that’s because it’s set in America unlike the rest of the series which is in London and it just didn’t have the same vibe to it for that reason – however, still and incredible read and a solid 5 Stars!
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My Review

9. Enemies & Lovers by Christine Zolendz

This is my most recent addition to the list as I only read it at the start of December. I went into it knowing I would adore it because it’s Christine Zolendz and she never disappoints. It had murder, mystery, drama, romance and scandal! It was amazing, again another 5 star read. This was sent to me by the author in exchange for a review but as always that doesn’t sway my feeligns on this read.
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My Review

8. Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra

This is another book that was very generously sent to me when the author reached out in return for a review and I am so glad I said yes. It was her debut novel and it did not disapoint. It was a very sweet historical romance that was set in ancient Rome and it kept me up WAAAYYY past when I should have been asleep because I just had to keep reading. Brilliantly written, can’t wait for whatever she writes next.
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My Review

7. Scorched (Struck #4) by Joss Stirling

This is the final book in the series and probably my third favourite in the franchise. I was extremly bittersweet as I was sad that it was ending because I had fallen in love with all the characters but also amazing because they were finally all united in this final novel. The plot was fun and I liked the Shakespeare elements. Yeah – just a generally amazing read. I cannot recommend this series enough!
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My Review

6. The First Time We Met by Jo Lovett

This was a book that I got on Netgalley in September time and I don’t think I have ever been so caught off guard by a book in my life. I went into it thinking I was going to enjoy it and that it would be a nice read before University started but it blew me away. Not only was it an adorable romance but it was heartwarming and heartbreaking and just perfection. I have never really dabbled in adult romances before this and it has completely shifted the entire genre of books that I want to pick up and read. If you are interested in trying out adult romance when you normally stick with YA, I think this is a great transition book as it is still very PG whilst dealing with more adult issues.
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My Review

5. Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

This was my very first read of the year, so while 2020 wasn’t the best year for most things I can safely say it started very well for me in the form of this gem. I had asked for it for Christmas because the blurb sounded incredible. However, I had no idea that it was not written like a traditional book but it is instead written in only the form of texts so it is incredible because you get pure dialogue the whole way through and the way the plot reveals itself is amazing. If you want something a sweet YA romance with a twist then this is definitely it.
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My Review

4. Stand-In Saturday (Love for Days #2) by Kirsty Moseley

This is another book that was very kindly sent to me by the author…and yes I did do a giddy dance when I found out that I was on the blogger list for Kirsty Moseley because anyone who reads this blog will know that I adore her and everything she writes so this was really no surprise. The humour is side-splitting. The romance is drool-worthy and the plots are fun and gripping and just pure brilliance. At this point on the list I am finding it so difficult to seperate them because it’s like splitting hairs how much I enjoyed all of these.
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My Review

3. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

This is an odd one to be so high on my list because if you check my goodreads and my review you’ll see that I gave it 4 stars…and all the ones below it on this list have been 5. Yes, I know that is weird but something about this book just got under my skin. I know this isn’t a great insight into my reviewing process but often I review when I am still riding the post-reading high, when you’re all excited and bubbly and sad that it’s finished so your judgement is slightly altered by that. I can’t stop thinking about this book. The longer it’s been since I have read it the higher and higher it’s crept up this list. I find myself recommending it to anyone and everyone that will listen. It is one of those all-rounder books that everyone, no matter their reading prefrences, will like. It’s well written, gripping, amusing and just downright enjoyable! Brilliant.
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My Review

2. Man Crush Monday (Love for Days #1) by Kirsty Moseley

After having just chatted about Stand-In Saturday I feel that there isn’t much to say about this one that I didn’t already say other than I liked this one slightly more because I think I am Amy. I am so like the protagonist it is almost scary. And I adore it because it will keep me going until I find my very own Jared. Again, the humour is impecable, the writting is outstanding and the romance is just out of this world. It is an incredible series and I cannot wait until the third novel (Fangirl Friday) comes out in the new year.
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My Review

My Top Read of 2020 is…

1. The Scam List by Kurt Dinan

Ironically, this is the only book on the list that I was 100% sure of it’s spot on the pecking order. When I requested this on Netgalley I had no clue what I was in for. This book is everything I want to read in a book, it’s everything I want to be able to write into my own books. This deserves all the praise in the world. I read a lot of books this year and this stands heads and shoulders above them all. I have also read a lot of books in my life, The Scam List is not just top of this years list but it’s also hopped firmly onto my list of top reads OF ALL TIME. And if that doesn’t make you want to read this then I don’t know what will. I genuninely can’t put how much I adore this into words and hence it’s kind of difficult to argue why you should read it other than take my lack of words as an insight into it’s greatness because I am very rarely speechless!
(Plus, it’s currently £2.25 on UK kindle – how can you pass that up? *p.s not spons just want to spread the love for this book!)
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My Review

So, that’s my favourite reads of 2020. What was your favourite book of the year? Tell me because I need recs for the new year! I hope you all enjoyed this and I will see you on Wednesday for my word of the week!

13 thoughts on “My Top 10 Reads of 2020

  1. Nice list – I’ve not read any of those books but I might look a few up! Although I also probably shouldn’t considering the recent surveys I’ve done of my unread books!
    I think the best book I read in 2020 was probably Vicious by VE Schwab. Also absolutely loved The Lies of Locke Lamora which I read back in February and have to keep reminding myself was this year 😀 Oh, also Black Flamingo and I Wish You All The Best.

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  2. Nice list! I actually read Westing Game last year with school, and the quality of the book definitely surprised me and I loved it! Also, I’ve been wanting to read Technically, You Started it. I think my favorite book from this year is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

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    1. I obviously totally recommend it haha! I think Technically, You Started It is like marmite – either you love the text format or hate it. I loved it and I hope you do too! I’ve nver heard of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I’ll need to look it up!

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