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Top 20 of 2020 | #TopTenTuesday 270

Well, we are near the end of 2020 and while we still have 2 days left I doubt that I am going to get much reading done with my lovely 4 year old running around all day. Which is fine. These are the days for family anyway. Even if it is a smaller group because of covid-19.

So for a change I am jumping aboard the prompt of favorite books of 2020 for Top Ten Tuesday (as always hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl). Normally I skip it because I find it comes to early but here we are.

Unfortunately I bruised my hand so a lot of typing ended up being a no go. So at some point you won’t see extra explanations, just links and covers since I can do that with one hand.

Series Read

Otillie Colter: The Narroway Trilogy by Rhiannon Williams | Review

This middle grade trilogy was completely translated to Dutch this year and once I read the first one I fell hard in love with it. So hard that I had to read it all this year. This does not very often happen!

Incompleted Series Read

The Library of the Unwritten (Hell’s Library 1) by A.J. Hackwith | Review
The Archive of the Forgotten (Hell’s Library 2) by A.J. Hackwith | Review

I heard about The Library of the Unwritten, and with library in the title we all knew that was going to grab my attention. I read the book at the start of the year and fell in love with the characters and the setting. I loved book 2 as well and I can’t wait for book 3.

Sequel

Wild Country (The Others 7) by Anne Bishop | Review

You will know by now that I am a fan of Wild Country. Don’t get me wrong, I can see some of the flaws in this series but that doesn’t take away how much I enjoy this world and the characters. So if you haven’t given Written in Red, the first book, a go yet, please do so.

Shorefall (Founders 2) by Robert Jackson Bennett | Review

I loved Foundryside two years ago so when this sequel was about to come out I was so excited to once again be asked to be on the blog tour for it. Shorefall is a little different as our team has grown closer together but still just as good for me.

Network Effect (Murderbot Diaries 5) by Martha Wells

The Murderbot Diaries has had an epic following for a while and I certainly understand why. Murderbot is amazing. Network Effect is the first full novel after 4 novella’s, and it just continued the same feel on a larger scale. I loved it once more.

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy war 2) by R.F. Kuang

I really enjoyed The Poppy War for what it was, a brutal war story. But I put off reading The Dragon Republic for a while. I finally did in October and I loved it. Blew my mind and I’m still upset about that ending. I should be getting my copy of The Burning God this week…

First book of a series

Seven Devils (Seven Devils 1) by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam | Review

Elizabeth May is one of those authors who has been on my twitter radar for a while but this is the first book by her that I have ever read. There was so much to love in this first installment. A group of kick ass females and a set up where we got point of views of characters as they were introduced, not just from the start. It worked so well for me.

Raybearer (Raybearer 1) by Jordan Ifueko | Review

Ah Raybearer. This is just an excellent debut and fantasy and series starter. I honestly cannot wait where this story will go further.

Standalone

Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia | Review

Best Novella

Drowned Country by Emily Tesh | Review

Best Middle Grade

Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega | Review
Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend
Tilly and the Lost Fairytales by Anna James | Review

Best of the Longs

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
| Review

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

Best Contemporary

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Best Graphic Novel

The Magic Fish by Trung le Nguyen | Review

Best Humor

Seriously Funny by Terry Pratchett

Best 2021

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers | Coming

25 thoughts on “Top 20 of 2020 | #TopTenTuesday 270

  1. Wow, these are all excellent books — none of which I’ve read and hence, they all get added to my TBR. Especially A.J. Hackwith, Drowned Country, Raybearer and Seven Devils. Have I been living under a rock, or are these books not getting sufficient press? (I’ve seen Drowned Country though in a lot of best book covers of 2020 lists.)
    Happy TTT and Happy 2021 in advance!
    ~My Top 10 Tuesday Post @Lexlingua

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  2. Love how you divvied up the categories! I’ve been seeing a lot of The Magic Fish around so I’m really keen to try getting my hands on it next year. I also can’t wait to read Hollowpox because the first two books were part of my favourites this year 😍. I hope your hand feels better soon, Annemieke, and that you enjoy spending time with your family!

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  3. I heard so many good things about Raybearer! Also, I’ve said this many, many times already, but I really need to read the Becky Chambers books. Hope your hand feels better soon. Already wishing you a happy New Year!

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  4. The Library of the Unwritten is something I’m going to have to pick up at some point. Also, middle grade books! I still love them. Happy New Year!

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  5. I’m hoping to start the Founders series and the Poppy Wars series next year. They’ve been on my shelf for too long. Ghost Squad made my favorites list, too! I loved that book. Poet X will definitely make my list next year. I realized as I was making my list that I haven’t finished listening to the end of that one yet.

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  6. Oh no, hope your hand feels better. And happy New Year! Yay for Network Effect. I still need to read it! I’ve been awful at reading this year!

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  7. Ik zit hier bij jou steeds opnieuw prachtige covers te bewonderen. Hopelijk gaat het ondertussen weer helemaal beter met je hand. Ik heb het mezelf dit jaar trouwens heel makkelijk gemaakt voor de terugblikpost naar mijn favoriete boeken. Met zo’n jaartal kan je eigenlijk niet anders dan 20 favorieten delen hé. Tien had lang niet zo goed geklonken. 🙂

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