Hello everyone!✨ I hope you all are doing great and keeping safe!! This year has been not less than a roller coaster ride for all of us. Thus, it’s not a surprise that we cannot wait to say bye to this wretched year. Considering how terrible this year has been it is quite obvious that bookworms like us definitely found their solace in the books they read. Being a bookworm has surely helped many of us to cope up with this year therefore today, I will be sharing the books that made my 2020. They are a list of the best reads as well as the worst reads I read this year. Hope you enjoy! Do let me know if you have read any of these! 🌸
Best Books of 2020!
The Blood of Stars Series by Elizabeth Lim
I know that starting my favs list with a series is really not something normal or usual but I can’t help it! THIS SERIES!! I discovered it in this year and I cannot explain how much I LOVED IT! I loved everything about the books. Be it the plot, the setting, the characters and the brilliant writing! Especially the fact that this series has a lot of Chinese mythology traits made me love this series even more! I have reviewed the second book of the series, do check it out if you wish to! Click Here.
Spin the Dawn:
Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.
Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.
And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.
Unravel The Dusk:
Maia Tamarin’s journey to sew the dresses of the sun, the moon and the stars has taken a grievous toll. She returns to a kingdom on the brink of war. The boy she loves is gone, and she is forced to don the dress of the sun and assume the place of the emperor’s bride-to-be to keep the peace.
But the war raging around Maia is nothing compared to the battle within. Ever since she was touched by the demon Bandur, she has been changing . . . glancing in the mirror to see her own eyes glowing red, losing control of her magic, her body, her mind. It’s only a matter of time before Maia loses herself completely, but she will stop at nothing to find Edan, protect her family, and bring lasting peace to her country.
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
The Black Kids apart from being my favorite of 2020 is also one of the best #ownvoices books that I have come across. I loved how this book stands apart from all the others due to it’s natural and comfortable way of storytelling as well as at the same time presenting the truth at its best! I did post a review for this one so feel free to check it out here.
Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It’s the end of senior year and they’re spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer.
Everything changes one afternoon in April, when four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death. Suddenly, Ashley’s not just one of the girls. She’s one of the black kids.
As violent protests engulf LA and the city burns, Ashley tries to continue on as if life were normal. Even as her self-destructive sister gets dangerously involved in the riots. Even as the model black family façade her wealthy and prominent parents have built starts to crumble. Even as her best friends help spread a rumor that could completely derail the future of her classmate and fellow black kid, LaShawn Johnson.
Not Like the Movies (Waiting for Tom Hanks #2) by Kerry Winfrey
This book is definitely my favorite romance of the year! IT HAD EVERYTHING! The toe-curling romance, one of the best protagonist and characters and a great storyline! It was not a typical rom-com because well, the title explains it all! I did write a review for this one too! Check it out here.
Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early onset Alzheimer’s, she’s pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that’s about to premiere in theaters across America…and happens to be inspired by Chloe and Nick Velez, Chloe’s cute but no-nonsense boss.
As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can’t see him as anything but Reason #2: The Scruffy-Bearded Hunk Who’s Always There When You Need Him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn’t so sure her own story will end in a Happily Ever After.
Worst(?) Books of 2020!
DISCLAIMER: Before I begin listing the books under this category, I would like to say that these are my personal opinions and I have nothing against these books. In fact, they did influence me in a way or other even if they were not that special. I believe these books might even be favs of many readers which I respect as everyone has different choices and opinions. Therefore, I would like it if my personal choices and opinions are respected and not perceived as ‘hate’. Without further ado let’s begin!
Just Saying by Sophie Ranald
This book really did not turn it out to be what I expected and perhaps that is why I am quite disappointed with how it went. I adore Sophie Ranald’s books! And when I received an arc of this I was beyond excited and happy. However, the storyline, the plot and the characters did disappoint me greatly. So, yeah. If you wish to know how I felt and thought about it in much detail, you can check out the review I published for the same.
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
I know it is one of the most anticipated and most popular releases of 2020 BUT for me it was one of the BIGGEST LET DOWN. Like, this book tried to deal with so many issues regarding culture, race and immigrants. But, the way it was taken up was definitely not at all worth reading. The characters and the storyline were the biggest turnoff of the book for me. I did have great expectations from this book but it sadly let me down.
High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.
Well that’s a wrap! Hope you enjoyed!! Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! ✨