Hello, readers! Today I am here to talk to you about my favorite books of 2020. It’s still January so I’m not as late as I could be.
This year was definitely a strange one. It had its ups and downs. Covid-19 changed many things. The US got a new president. The conversation of racial injustice in the US and several other countries were at the forefront. This is a year that nobody wanted, but it provided a lesson for each of us. I really hope that we think more about this discourse that happened last year and really chew it and allow for ourselves to take something from it.
This year was a very odd time for me and a time for me to grow. I was a college senior for most of it so my year was full of adjustments and confusion because I never knew where I was going to be on a monthly basis it felt like. I also was in a pretty toxic living arrangement for some time and my mental health went down the tube so it wasn’t my best year.
Reading-wise, though, it was a pretty good year for me both in quality and quantity. I read the most books I have read since I’ve been tracking my reading. I also read some books that became favorites of all-time and I will cherish with me forever. I rated 12-new-to-me books 5 stars, and I’m going to share them with you.
I’m not going to put this in any order not really because it’s too hard. I have a clear favorite (which I’m sure y’all know based on my statements on said book). I feel like it would be the best way to divide the books up and look at them as a whole instead of ranking them. Let’s get into the books!
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
I read this all the way back in January, and it was the first non-reread that I gave five stars. I absolutely adored this book! I am usually not a big fan of rom-coms in book form. I find them obnoxiously cheesy, but I didn’t feel that way about this at all. It’s so adorable and fun! I love Alex and Henry and their relationship so much. It also has super strong social commentary that I thought was perfect. It truly made me wish that I lived in this world.
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
If I did rank the books, this would be number two. I honestly didn’t think another would beat it. I loved it so much that I actually wrote a final paper about how this is a modern “Little Red Riding Hood” retelling, and I got an A on it. I was even debating on if it was my third favorite book of all times. I was a little iffy because I know it has some mixed reviews, but it definitely worked for me, and looking back, I should’ve known. I love morally gray characters and social commentary, and that literally is this book.
Heartstopper Vol 2 and 3 by Alice Oseman
These win as being some of the sweetest books I read. I didn’t give the first one five stars so I’m not including it, but the other two are quality. I am genuinely so sad that I don’t have anymore until June because I could seriously pick one up whenever I was slumpy and I would instantly want to read more.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
This is an Elizabeth Acevedo stan blog. I love her so much and think that all of her books are fantastic. With the Fire On High was one of my favorite books from 2019, and I really enjoyed The Poet X. I gave that one four stars, but I feel like that’ll change with a reread. I am so excited that this is being turned into a tv show! I love the dynamics between the two sisters and the different ways they live their lives just because of their location. It was such a moving and powerful book.
Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
This is my favorite book of the year. I don’t know if I ever cried as much while reading a book as I did with this one. There were moments where I just cried anticipating what would happen. It was the perfect concoction of all my favorite tropes so it’s really no surprise that I love this book as much as I do.
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M Johnson
This is such an important book to read. This is one of the few non-fictions I’ve read and the only one I’ve read for leisure reasons. I highly recommend the audiobook since George M Johnson narrates it and I truly felt like he was telling his life story directly to me. The discussions he has throughout the book are so important for everyone to read, especially if you are looking for some intersectional allyship reading.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I probably think about this book at least once every day since I read it. I didn’t think I loved the book that much to give it five stars, but it’s the aftermath and reaction I had that made me give it five stars. This felt so realistic and I found myself wanting to look up the characters as if they were real people.
Loveless by Alice Oseman
I have never felt more seen while reading a book than I did with this one. This is an aro-ace coming out and coming of age story, and I felt like Oseman was pulling moments out of my life into the story. Before this, I haven’t read an ace coming out story so it was really powerful for me to read it.
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
This book was exactly what I needed both in my life or in my reading life. Julian is probably one of my favorite character. I also really related with Yadriel’s feelings towards his family and their acceptance of him. I had recently came out to my family when I read this, and they didn’t have the best response to it. It’s also just such a fun story. It had been so long since I laughed while reading.
We Are Okay by Nina La Cour
I was pretty nervous to read this book because it had a lot of mixed reviews, but it obviously really worked with me since it’s on my favorites post. I really loved how subtle but powerful it was. I really related to Marin’s mental health and feelings of isolation and loneliness because I think my depression operates in a similar way to hers. It was such a quiet book but it made a huge impact on me.
Those are all my favorites of 2020. What was your favorite? I’d love to have a conversation with you down below in the comments?