I tend to read series that have already come out and binge them so I just clumped them together on the list rather than picking a favorite out of them. 😅
10. Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
This year I tried to expand my reading beyond YA Fantasy and found romance novels. I had sworn to myself at a young age that I wouldn't be romance reader but.....my heart needs them. Welcome to Enemies to Secret Lovers to Front Page news! The book did have some flaws and tries to make the world a perfect bubble but overall the story line was cute, even if the ending is incredibly unrealistic.
9. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Another of my attempts to leave YA. This was recommended to me by my friend Monica. Alaska in 1974, where a family lives off the grid in "America's last frontier. With a romance sub-plot the main story of learning to survive in the Alaskan wilderness with a mentally unstable father was heart-breaking. As a former POW Ernt Allbright tries to protect his wife and daughter from everything. Including themselves, but how control will he take before his family has had too much?
8. A Rogue of One's Own by Evie Dunmore
Historical Fiction Romance, don't mind if I do. Lady Lucie is a leader in the Oxford suffragette movement. Her girls scrape together enough money to buy control of a publishing house in London but her nemesis Lord Ballentine realizes her plan and buys the other half of the stock! "A battle of wills and words" as Lucie and Tristan fight against each other's control. Another lovely enemies to lovers troupe. I may have discovered a theme I like...
7. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
This was a group read with my discord friends! Elisabeth lives in a library where the books are sentient, called grimoires, and if the pages are injured they turn into monsters. Someone sabotages a grimoire and frames Elisabeth, sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn takes her into custody. As she tries to prover her innocence's Elisabeth uncovers a plot centuries in the making. Will she have the strength to align herself with the "evil" sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn?
6. Escaping Monsters Rita Stradling and Alexa B. James
This was an audiobook- ARC I received and I loved it so much I read it twice in 2020. I'm always in favor of a book where the woman escapes her abuser and finds true love along the way. Add in a bunch of hot, kind, firefighter werewolves and I'm sold. A slow-burn romance it does have a few plot holes but I'm hoping the release of book 2 will fill them in!
5. A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
This one had been on my list forever so when I saw it at the library I snagged it. This gave me so much hope at a really rough point of my life. The main character has cerebral palsy and it actually runs through the story they don't just mention it and forget. It was a good reminder that even thought I'm in pain I can't give up. If she can ride horses and fight off kidnappers, I can wash the dishes and fold the laundry.
4. Cleopatra's Daughter books 1-3 by Stephanie Dray
Historical Fiction about Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra and Antony of Rome, twin to Helios. Prophesied to bring about a Golden Age through her goddess Isis, she finds herself trapped. An orphan and a prisoner of Rome to be married of or discarded by Caesar Octavian at will. Selene takes her fate into her own hands and learns how to influence Rome from the sidelines until the time is right to take back her own throne.
3. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas
I put off reading this series for so long, it was just so overhyped I didn't want to read it and be disappointed. I finally read it in 2019 and I'm so glad I waited. Younger me wouldn't have even finished book one but since I've read more romance in the last two years this was fine. I reread them at the end of 2020 for fun because when you're having a bad day...or year.... it's nice to relax with familiar characters and solvable problems. I don't own these *hint hint for the husband* but my library has them on audio!
2. Dawn Till Dusk by Tyffany Hackett and Becky Moynihan
If you haven't heard of this yet you must be new to the blog so Hi! Welcome! This blog doubles as a fan account for Tyffany Hackett. I binged DtD in one day then woke up the next day with the insane idea to cosplay the main female protagonist Reagan. (Quarantine affected us all differently🤪 ) If that isn't enough to convince you I loved this book then you're impossible.
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
My mom got me these on Audible and wow, what a life long impression. I had always been a fan of Shiver but when I picked up Raven Boys the first time in high school I just couldn't get interested. The first part of Raven Boys is slow, the set up takes awhile but once you're in...you're in. The audiobook narrator is amazing and the author recorded her own music to go in key points of the story.
I will never be able to give you a favorite book of all time but these were my favorite reads of 2020! Since I've changed jobs I lowered my Goodreads goal down to 50 but here's to a great reading year!!!!
I hope this helps kickstart your 2021 Reading!
Don't forget about the 2021 Reading Bingo Challenge!!!
Drop a comment below if you have a book suggestion or a writing prompt!