My Top 10 Reads of 2020

2020 was a great reading year for me. I read a lot of 4 and 5 star rated books and discovered new genres. I hope 2021 will be another year full of great bookish discoveries!


In chronological order of reading, this was my top 10 of 2021:


1. THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE - Samantha Shannon


THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE was my first 5 star read of 2020. Samantha Shannon really impressed me with the very detailed world building and well developed backgrounds of the many characters. This book has everything an epic fantasy lover wants: dragons, knights, fierce women, royals, love, curses and forbidden.


Read my full review on Goodreads HERE.










2. DAISY JONES & THE SIX - Taylor Jenkins Read


If I really had to choose one book as my favorite read of 2020, it would be DAISY JONES & THE SIX. It was my first book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and now I am really curious about her other work. The book is written as a documentary interview, a very unusual format. But it really felt like I was reading about a real band with music I could find on old vinyl records. The characters came to life in my mind. I can't wait for the Netflix series, produced by Reese Witherspoon, to release this year!



Read my full review on Goodreads HERE.





3. STALKING JACK THE RIPPER the series - Kerri Maniscalco


STALKING JACK THE RIPPER is the only series I will mention in this list. I simply couldn't choose one book in this series (I read the first three out of four books). This series had become one of my all time favorites, even though I have yet to read the last book.


As the title already reveals, the first story is inspired by the murders by the unidentified serial killer Jack The Ripper in 19th Century London. I am a Historical Fiction fan, but not a Horror fan at all. However, Maniscalco found a great balance between building the tension and describing macabre details of deceased bodies, without creeping me out.




4. MILK AND HONEY - Rupi Kaur


I don't read a lot of poetry so I am not an expert, but to me MILK AND HONEY was a real gem. I found it in a second hand bookshop and I am so glad I took it with me. It swept me of my feet. The poems are so raw and beautiful at the same time. They are so accurate for the time in which we now live, and at the same time they are universal and timeless.










5. CRESCENT CITY - Sarah J. Maas


When I was choosing my top 10 reads of 2020 I came along my review of CRESCENT CITY and this was my opening paragraph:


Don't read this book. It will make you feel like non-existing for a few days. I am kidding. Read. This. Book. And then come talk to me. Or scream, cry, sing. Whatever you feel like doing that moment. Let it all out.


I forgot what a mess I was when reading this book. It definitely deserves a place in my top 10. The magic system is beyond awesome and all characters were so well developed. I wish I could live in this dangerous world, and at the same time I am glad I could escape this world when I finished the story. I wouldn't have survived to be longer in this world than these 800 pages. I can't wait for the second book in this series coming out on November 2nd, 2021!


Read my full review HERE.



6. FABLE - Adrienne Young


If you have been following me for a while, you'd know I am a huge Adrienne Young fan. Her debut novel SKY IN THE DEEP got me to writing again. Her third novel FABLE was my highest anticipated release of 2020. I ordered 3 copies in total haha.


Adrienne Young just has such a lyrical writing style. She knows how to move you emotionally with one single sentence. And Fable, the protagonist of the story, is such a fierce girl. You simple cannot not love her. And don't get me started on Wes, that brave skipper... *sigh*.







7. NINTH HOUSE - Leigh Bardugo

NINTH HOUSE was my first book written by Leigh Bardugo and I was impressed. Morally grey characters, ghosts, the dark academia setting at Yale, a charming gentleman, mysterious murders... need I say more?



Read my full review HERE.

To my Dutch speaking followers: you can read my full review in Dutch HERE.








8. RADIO SILENCE - Alice Oseman


I loved RADIO SILENCE so much! I was just hugging this book for a few minutes, wishing I could stay with these characters for a little longer. It was my first book with Asexual representation. This made me realize I need to read more books with diversity in gender and sexuality presentation. I need more Alice Oseman books in my life!










9. TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS - Christopher Paolini


This year I discovered the science fiction genre. I've never read so many sci-fi books before. With this experience I can say with certainty that TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS is now one of my favorite sci-fi books. Writing an extensive book with highly developed world building and detailed characters is an art that Paolini has clearly mastered.


To my Dutch speaking followers: you can read my complete review in Dutch HERE.







10. THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE


I had high expectations for THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE, really high. But it was so worth the hype!

The story is so unique, the writing style stunning (I listened to the audiobook but if I had a physical copy in my hands it would have been full of post-its to mark all the beautiful quotes), and the characters are all so interesting. Now weeks later, I still can't wrap my mind around the whole story and write a descent review. Just read it. Please.











Happy reading time!


Love,

Janne

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