Books of 2020

Happy 2021 everyone! I hope everyone’s first days of the year have been promising for what is to come. I have some projects in motion that I cannot wait to tell you about, but first I want to reflect on some things from last year.

First up will be my reading list. I had a Goodreads goal of 50 books read in 2020. Well, thanks to the pandemic and Kindle Unlimited, I read a total of 77 books that ranged from non-fiction to young adult to epic fantasy.

  1. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
  2. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston
  4. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. The Glass Scepter by Bekah Harris
  6. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  7. Revan by Drew Karpyshyn
  8. First and Only by Dan Abnett
  9. The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno
  10. Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston
  11. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
  12. The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  13. Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
  14. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
  15. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  16. Ghostmaker by Dan Abnett
  17. Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan
  18. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  19. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
  20. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
  21. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  22. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  23. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  24. Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody
  25. Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
  26. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  27. Necropolis by Dan Annette
  28. Queen of Ice and Snow by Bekah Harris
  29. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  30. Honor Guard by Dan Annette
  31. The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks
  32. Stardust by Neil Gaian
  33. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  34. Queen’s Peril by E. K. Johnston
  35. You are a Badass by Jen Sineco
  36. Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson
  37. Attack of the Clones by R. A. Salvatore
  38. Guns of Tanith by Dan Annette
  39. The Falconer by Elizabeth May
  40. Crescent City by Sarah J Maas
  41. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  42. Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover
  43. Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  44. The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
  45. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  46. The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
  47. The Happily Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
  48. Awkward by Gurpeet Kaur
  49. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
  50. Ride of a Lifetime by Bob Iger
  51. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  52. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
  53. Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa
  54. Cinderella is Dead by Kaylyn Bayron
  55. Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer
  56. Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
  57. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  58. Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters
  59. Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
  60. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
  61. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
  62. Horrid by Katrina Leno
  63. The Lost Coven by Bekah Harris
  64. Seducing Hope by Adaline Winters
  65. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  66. A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova
  67. Blood Tithe by Bekah Harris
  68. The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky
  69. Well This Sucks by Carrie Gray
  70. If It Bleeds by Stephen King
  71. Jaded by K.M. Robinson
  72. You Are a Badass Everyday by Jen Sincero
  73. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
  74. Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
  75. Badass Habits by Jen Sincero
  76. Tempting Hades by Emma Hamm
  77. The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwann

It is very hard to pick my favorite off of this list, so here was my top 5: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, You are a Badass, A Song of Wraith and Ruin, House of Salt and Sorrows, and Legendborn. Each novel had great characters, plots, twists, everything that makes a good book. You are a Badass is the only self-help book on the top five, and I loved it so much that I ended up purchasing the rest of the books in the series (side note: can self-help books be a series?).

I recommend all of Jen Sincero’s books, but other honorable mentions of the year include The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue and Cinderella is Dead. As always, I also loved the books about my favorite Star Wars females. Ahsoka is the best- when she showed up in The Madalorian, I screamed.

There were no bad books on the list, but my least favorite out of the 77 were Jaded, Salem’s Lot, Midnight Sun, and the Warhammer books I read in order to have some idea of what my husband enjoys. They just were not my thing. Also, Edward is major cringe. Team Jasper for life.

My 2021 goal is 75 books. I plan on posting an updated list every 25 books, so keep an eye on the horizon! If you want to see what I am currently reading, follow my bookstagram Mariebee_reads.

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