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2020 Roundup: Best Book Awards


Hello Readers & Friends,

What a year 2020 has been. I'm writing this after a Mai Tai - it's NYE and while I should be with Bronte (@Brontesbookshelf) and Joe her boyfriend, instead we're in tier 4 and it's just Steven and I.
2020 has been such a weird year. I started working in publishing and spent only 2.5 months in the office before working from home became the norm. For a lot of people, it's been really difficult and sad. I know that for me, when our wedding was supposed to happen it was particularly hard to swallow.
So I'm sure I'm not alone in saying good riddance to 2020 and may 2021 be much, much, better.

This is my 2020 book round-up. My Goodreads target was 60, but of course due to lockdown I read much more than that, hitting 92 books, which I couldn't have planned for! Assuming 2021 is similar, I'm upping my target to a hefty 100. If I hit it, great! If not, no worries. According to GoodReads, I read 31.7k pages, although I think it was more than that beause they're saying I read 10 less books than I did. My shortest book was 112 page (Greta Thunberg) and the longest was Crush (Tracy Wolff) at 704 pages. 
My most popular was Wuthering Heights, and the book I read with the highest rating in 2020 was Body of Stars by Laura Maylene Walter with an average rating of 4.4*.

Without further adieu, here are my top reads for 2020:

Best Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Special Commendation: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
(The Ask & The Answer and A Discovery of Witches were both 5*, but I haven't finished the full series yet!) 

Best Thriller: The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
Special Commendation: Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

Best YA Fantasy: Crave by Tracy Wolff
Special Commendation: Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Best Romance: The Sight of You by Holly Miller
Special Commendation: Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

Best Cult Read: Battle Royale by Koushan Takemi 
Special Commendation: The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

Best Contemporary: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Special Commendation: Normal People by Sally Rooney

Best Anti Racism Read: White Fragility by Robin Diangelo 
Special Commendation: The Clapback by Elijah Lawal

Best Can't-Stop-Thinking-About Read: The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean
Tied First Place: The Last One at the Party by Bethany Clift

Best Horror: Camp Slaughter by Sergio Gomez 
Special Commendation: Slasher Girls and Monster Boys by April Genevieve

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And for a full list of all my reads & ratings in 2020...

How I rate:

* Could not read or get around style of writing/ shit storyline, likely DNF
** Really didn't like, could rant about, would not recommend, disappointing
*** Was a fine read, will probably have forgotten about it within 6 months but passed time nicely
**** Really enjoyed, looked forward to reading every day, would recommend
***** Could not put down, thought about for ages after, into the fandom and would re-read

1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 4.5*
2. The Return by Rachel Harrison 3.5*
3. My Mother, The Psychopath by Olivia Rayne 4*
4. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyumi 4*
5. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley 5*
6. The Sight of You by Holly Miller 5*
7. The Flight by Julie Clark 3*
8. The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski 3*
9. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 4*
10. Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson 3.5*(Reread)
11. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare 3*
12. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg 3*
13. The Girl who Dared to Think by Bella Forrest 5* (Reread)
14. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fford 3*
15. The Girl who Dared to Stand by Bella Forrest 3* (Reread)
16. Eragon by Christopher Paolini 4*
17. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas 5*
18. Solitaire by Alice Oseman 1.5*
19. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness 5*
20. The 100 by Kass Morgan 2*
21. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas 4*
22. After by Anna Todd 3*
23. After We Collided by Anna Todd 1*
24. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 2.5*
25. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 4* (Reread) 
26. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy 5*
27. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart 4*
28. Normal People by Sally Rooney 5*
29. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare 2.5*
30. Pax by Sara Pennypacker 5*
31. Geek Girl by Holly Smale 1.5*
32. The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary 3*
33. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick 2*
34. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas 5*
35. A Forget-Me-Not-Summer by Sophie Claire 3*
36. Battle Royale by Koushan Takemi 5*
37. The Clapback by Elijah Lawal 4*
38. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams 5*
39. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas 5*
40. Paper Girls by Brian Vaughan 3*
41. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson 3*
42. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas 5*
43. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan 3*
44. The Guest List by Lucy Foley 4*
45. Midnight by Jacqueline Wilson 2*
46. Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge 3.5*
47. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan 3*
48. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas 3*
49. The Downstairs Neighbour by Helen Cooper 4.5*
50. Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin 5*
51. Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett 2*
52. Paper Prince by Erin Watt 2*
53. Broken Prince by Erin Watt 3*
54. Twisted Royals by Erin Watt 4*
55. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins 2*
56. Grace is Gone by Emily Elgar 3.5*
57. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas 4*
58. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks 4*
59. Good Girls Die First by Kathryn Foxfield 2*
60. Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron 2.5*
61. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas 5*
62. These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling 3.5*
63. Wilder Girls by Rory Power 4*
64. Body of Stars by Laura Maylene Walter 5*
65. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 5*
66. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi 4*
67. Rescue Me by Sarra Manning 4*
68. Delirium by Lauren Oliver 5*
69. The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean 5*
70. Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo 3.5*
71. Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin 4*
72. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver 5*
73. Requiem by Lauren Oliver 5*
74. The Merciless by Danielle Vega 2.5*
75. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness 5*
76. Survive The Night by Danielle Vega 3*
77. Slasher Girls and Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke 4*
78. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 3*
79. Crave by Tracy Wolff 5*
80. Last One at the Party by Bethany Clift 5*
81. Crush by Tracy Wolff 4*
82. A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer 3*
83. The Divines by Ellie Eaton 3.5*
84. Circe by Madeline Miller 3*
85. Fallen by Kate Lauren 2*
86. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn 4.5*
87. The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth 5*
88. The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes 4*
89. This is Me by Sophie Hinch 2.5*
90. Camp Slaughter by Sergio Gomez 4*
91. Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett 4*
92. Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall 4.5*


What were your favourite reads of 2020?

Love,
C x

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