Our Top 8 Books of 2020

our top 8 books of 2020

We read a lot this year. Some more than other (cough-Samantha-has-no-life-cough).

Anyways, it was tough to narrow it down to our top 8 books (4 each) that stood out from the crowd. Essentially, 2020 was a dumpster fire, but these books weren’t. Keep in mind, some are 2020 releases, and some aren’t.

Ok, without further ado, here are our TOP 8 READS OF 2020!

Amber’s Top 4 Books of 2020

red white and royal blue top book of 2020

Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ+
Pages: 421
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indigo

I read this book in January and it has held the torch for my favourite book of 2020 since then. I cannot express enough how much I absolutely love this book. I first took it out from my library, but when I finished it I ran to the bookstore and bought it. I just had to own this beautiful, funny, amazing, romantic book.

Honestly, I’m pretty sure I’m still smiling from reading this book. I laughed, I cried, I swooned, I hopped up and down with joy, and I fell absolutely in love with this story and the characters.

Now, Netflix, Amazon, anyone (*prays to the TV gods*) – make this book a movie. Please.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue V.E. Schwab Book Review

Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Author: V.E. Schwab
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 442
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indigo

I know, I know, you’re probably like ‘Amber, we get it, this book is amazing’. Give me an excuse to recommend a book and I will tell you about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and how amazing it is.

This book captured my heart in a way not many books have ever managed to do. From the writing, to the characters, to the storyline I was hooked on every word. This is another one of those books I borrowed from my library and after finishing rushed to my bookstore and bought it. It has now made a beautiful addition to my bookshelf.

This wasn’t just a book about a girl who made a deal with a devil, this was a book about so much more that my heart is still recovering. I will love this book forever and not only is it one of my favourite books of 2020, but one of my favourite books of ever. To read my full review click here.

The Once and Future Witches Book Review

Title: The Once and Future Witches
Author: Alix E. Harrow
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Pages: 528
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indigo

Words. What are words? Because I have none to describe how beautiful and amazing this book was.

I have been looking for the kind of book that grips me by its pages and doesn’t spit me out until the last page for months, and this my book loving friends, was exactly what I was looking for. To say this book cast a spell on me (pun 1000% intended) is an understatement.

I needed a book like this. I have been searching for a book about witches that I could get lost in and fall in love with. This book was everything I had been searching for and more. To read my full review click here.

little women louisa may alcott

Title: Little Women
Author: Louis May Alcott
Release Date: September 30, 1868
Genre: Classic, Fiction
Pages: 449
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indigo

I’ll admit it took me longer to read this book than it should have. I finally picked it up after Samantha harassed me enough and I loved every second of it. I was disappointed in myself for not having read this book sooner.

I laughed, I cried, and I was filled with happiness reading Little Women. It’s such a poignant story of family and sisterhood and Alcott is a masterful storyteller.

Samantha’s Top 4 Books of 2020

Title: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Publisher:
G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Genre:
Fiction
Pages: 384
Buy: Indigo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

This story is a couple things. It’s one part coming-of-age, one part mystery, and one part love story. With that in mind, it’s no wonder I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster in the best way possible.

I should also mention that I love books set in the South. Here we are in North Carolina with a “Marsh Girl” who overcomes insurmountable odds to become incredibly successful and well-rounded. Abandoned by her entire family by the time she is nine or ten, she rolls up her sleeves and manages to survive all on her own. If you’d like to read a FULL review, click here.

Title: A Time for Mercy
Author: John Grisham
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Publisher: Erewhon Books
Genre: Fiction
Series: Jake Brigance #3
Pages: 384
Buy: Indigo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Alright. Let’s address the oversized elephant in the room. Sequels, whether they are movies or books, have a bad rap. I think we can all agree that nothing ever compares to the first instalment to any duology or series. Well, folks, this series is not part of that sad, sad party.

What I really appreciate about this series, and this one in particular, is that Grisham isn’t afraid of letting things get ugly. I don’t say this because I enjoy reading about domestic violence, abuse, rape, and alcoholism, but it is what would be dealt with in a capital murder trial. Even better, Jake isn’t some big time lawyer raking in that $$$. He lives in a small town and struggles to make a life for his family, just like us regular folk. Sure, he wants to be a big time trial lawyer, but it doesn’t keep him from doing his absolute best to represent the underdog (even when it puts those he loves in danger). To read my FULL review, click here.

Title: Sex and Vanity
Author: Kevin Kwan
Release Date: July 14, 2020
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Canada
Genre:
Fiction, RomCom
Pages: 336
Buy: Indigo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Ok, let’s get this point out of the way now I gave this book ⅘ (aka Bookclub it) stars on Goodreads, but I will not hesitate in saying that this rating is biased (as many star ratings are). I loved Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians series, the movie included. I powered through all three books recently and I didn’t want them to end. So, when this book came out, I was excited. However, my excitement increased tenfold when I realized that this book took place in the same universe as Crazy Rich Asians, except in America. Some dreams do come true, folks. 

Another thing I want to note is that this book is supposed to be a retelling of A Room With a View by E.M. Foster, which has a 1985 movie adaptation with Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, and Daniel Day Lewis, to name a few. Honestly, watch it. And when you do, we need to discuss the pond scene. You’ll know what I mean when you see it, trust me. To read my FULL review, click here.

Title: A Rogue of One’s Own
Author: Evie Dunmore
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Publisher:
Penguin Random House
Genre:
Regency Romance
Pages: 448
Buy: Indigo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

First of all, it’s smart. Like wickedly smart. And I don’t just mean the writing style and the obvious extensive research that went into creating an accurate depiction of the world these fictitious characters would have lived in. What I mean is, the characters are smart. If there is one thing I hate most about romance novels, it’s stupid female protagonists.

To be fair, I was skeptical when I first came across this series. It is called A League of Extraordinary Women. Thank the book gods, the book followed through with such a serious claim. To read my FULL review, click here.


What were some of the best books you read in 2020? Let us know in the comments below!

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6 Comments

    1. You have to read it! I would even go out and say it’s in my top 4 books of all time. I know, that’s a big thing to say haha. But honestly, this book deserves all the hype it’s getting. It really is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. I really hope you like it if you do read it 🙂

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