MY TOP 10 READS OF 2020 πŸ’– || ft. gushing galore and cherelle doing the impossible of ranking favs!!

Hi everyone! Today I bring to you my most anticipated post of the entire year, my top 10 reads of 2020. For me, 2020 has been a year where I truly immerse myself into the YA category and start on my historical fiction journey. Thanks to book blogging, I have uncovered so many amazing books, I can guarantee that 80% of these books were recommended by you all, and I am grateful for that.

Before we start I would like to just mention that as I reflected on my top few reads of the year, I am both thrilled and disappointed. Thrilled that I found so many amazing books but disappointed due to the lack of diversity, with many of these books being by White authors… as an Asian myself, I would have loved to have read more diverse books. I think why this happened was partially because this is my third month of blogging and I have mostly been catching up on all the “popular” books in the bookish world, most of which aren’t the most diverse. However, I am thankful to be aware and will definitely be diversifying my reads in 2021.

Another thing I would like to mention would be that I’m including other reviews of my top 10 books from blogs I love and follow, this is because an overly excited Cherelle is 100% biased and not the most coherent, plus the other reviews are really well written so you should check them out!

First, here are some honourable mentions because I had too many good books and could not only feature 10!

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Warcross by Marie Lu: Warcross is incredibly atmospheric and the virtual reality world building is so so immersive. Marie Lu delivers a plot that twists and turns and twists and turns and… (you get it) as we journey with Emika, one of the most feisty and coolest characters ever. Must read for sci-fi fans!

Unlocked by Shannon Messenger: Ahh another installment in the never-ending Keeper of the Lost Cities series! This book lacked in action but definitely made up with the banter (YES LEX AND BEX AND REX) despite the darker tone, as well as those legit game changers. And the series guide was SO amazing, my admiration for the world building is now at another level!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer: Marissa Meyer absolutely swept me away with The Lunar Chronicles… perhaps it was because I read that series first that I didn’t love Renegades as much. But I still enjoyed it a lot! The superpowers and morally grey aspect made this series a compelling read!

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter: The remarkable thing about We Were the Lucky Ones is how it managed to weave about 6 points of view into a flowing story brimming with so much love and familial relationships. This was one of the first books that I happy cried (though there was ugly cry too) and I truly recommend this uplifting world war 2 novel.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig: Wow. Breathtaking. I totally get how The Midnight Library won the GR choice awards. It deals with pretty dark themes of suicide and depression but I absolutely loved how it weaved quantum physics, mental health, philosophy and life into such a hopeful story.

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman: The fact that a 70+ page novella can leave me in tears and resonate so much with is enough reason for you to read it. The relationship between Noah and his grandpa is so endearing and Backman deals with the topic of dementia with so much sensitivity and grace that I am both in awe and in tears.

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes: Ladies who don’t conform. Who want to spread the love of literacy to rural area. Plus lots of friendships and hopes and dreams. Read it.

Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian: Ash Princess and Lady Smoke were so-so reads for me but I am extremely glad I carried on with the last book because woahh… the plot was impressive, I loved the political intrigue alternating with the battles and magic… and oh my gosh that ending. *shocked pikachu face*

10 THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

β€œI am haunted by humans.”

If there is one word to describe The Book Thief, it would be pain. If you’re looking for a happy read then you are in the absolute wrong direction because the amount of heartache here is devastating with the capital D. The number of times I major ugly-cried here is immense.

The Book Thief follows Liesel, a girl who just became an orphan, as she adapts to her foster family and witnesses all the brutality in that time of war. This book is painfully real and we can truly see a young, innocent girl’s response to these horrors, and how she still tries to show love.

Despite the dark overtone, this book is also filled with many moments of love and hope with all the family and (unlikely) friendships. Oh and did I mention that this book is narrated from Death’s point of view?

09 THE HUNTRESS by Kate Quinn

“Not a sky witch, or even a water-bound lake witch. Something else. Something new. Nina looked around at the ladies of the 588th, all of them that made up something the world had never seen before, and saw smiles tugging their lips, flashes of teeth showing in private, pleased grins. Night Witches.”

How do you identify a Kate Quinn book? It’s historical fiction with badass ladies who go out of their way to defy the norm and so much action. The strong female heroine is a trope not foreign to most of us. I myself love it. It is so empowering to see girls leading and having confidence in their identities. However, with a whole lot of books embracing this trope, we can’t deny how repetitive it has become. And it is Kate Quinn who masters creating women of strength, making them stand out.

In The Huntress, we see 3 vastly different protagonists: one, a woman who was a pilot in the war with a messed up childhood. Two, a journalist devoting his time to tracking down war criminals and is determined to find The Huntress. Three, a young lady whose life got turned upside down and crosses paths with the two.

Apart from the incredibly complex characters, I loved how much they failed. Like Kate does not give them a easy time in their mission. They lose lead after lead and end up at dead ends all the time. Furthermore, I loved how the storyline was weaved through all three storylines of different time periods, each holding equal significance. I was gasping so many time at the cleverly planted clues and subversions of expectations.

If you want strong but flawed characters with pasts, action action all the way, as well as a meaningful exploration of guilt and justice (oh and banter too!), then do yourself a favour and pick up The Huntress.

08 THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab

“Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand livesβ€”or to find strength in a very long one.”

Is anyone even surprised that this book made it to the top 10? The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is, without a doubt, one of the most hyped up books of the year and it deserves every single bit of the attention.

If you didn’t know already, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue follows Addie who makes a deal with the devil to live forever. But everyone who meets her will forget her. Until she meets someone 300 years later who does. I’m not going to rant about it too long because I think everyone has enough of talk about this book haha (but if you’re interested, you can read my full review) but the few key things I loved was the premise, the writing, the characters and the themes. (okay that is more than “a few” lol)

The premise of this book was so creative and I think it truly dug deep to resonate with us, reliving our fear of not being remembered and desire to make our mark on the world somewhere. Addie LaRue is a slow read, and repetitive. I disliked that element at first, but then I realised how well they set the tone for the book and reflected Addie’s own bleak, monotonous life and allowed me to understand her more deeply. Add on V.E. Schwab’s phenomenal writing. Plus the characters and their backstories. (gonna stop here and not transform this into a full length review)

07 A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES Series by Sarah J. Maas

“To the stars who listen… and the dreams that are answered.”

It was the world building in the series that captured my heart first. The world of Prythian is so scenic and intricately crafted, I loved the different courts with their values and relations with others. The complexity of the world was made even more so with the rich history between the faeries and the humans uncovered slowly, I gobbled all that up.

And of course, the charming characters. Feyre’s growth arc across the series was just astounding. And all the other side characters who emerged in A Court of Mist and Fury were my favourites (we stan a found family!)… the banter and care and hopes they all shared was so sweet!

Update 2021: I am now aware that Sarah J. Maas is a problematic author and will hence stop openly promoting her books.

06 THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger

β€œOf all that we’re asked to give others in this life, the most difficult to offer may be forgiveness.”

When I finished This Tender Land, I was just sitting there taking in how breathtaking and magnificent it was.

This Tender Land follows Odie, a white boy in the Lincoln Indian Training School where Native American children are educated. However, Odie gets into some serious trouble and flees along with some of his friends on a journey to find a home.

This Tender Land was narrated from Odie’s POV and I loved this 12 year old boy’s voice. It was so realistic, a combination of childishness and some maturity as he dealt with tough topics such as forgiveness and faith.

And I simply adore the four orphan vagabonds, each of them on their own genuine journey to find home, to find out who they were… Their friendship turn family was so endearing and made me bawl both eyeballs out.

The writing was also poetic with beautiful metaphors, the setting so lush and vivid which as so apt given the connection to the land this book touched on! Truly a masterpiece!

05 A LIST OF CAGES by Robin Roe

β€œHate ricochets, but kindness does too.”

Someone please explain to me how a book can possibly be so affecting and painful to read and yet so sweet and precious at the exact same time. A List of Cages is one of the most endearing stories I’ve ever read. The characters are so precious and noble in their own small ways, not forgetting how vulnerable they are too. And the brotherhood and friendship in the novel was so sincere and sweet that I was absolutely rooting for Adam and Julian. As breathtaking the friendship was, this book was ugly. And not easy to go through. The abuse portrayed in this book was really affecting, extremely vivid at times and the brutal writing drove the point very close to home. The emotions conveyed hit me hard. I could truly feel the devastation and helplessness. This kind of abuse is not acceptable at all and it broke my heart seeing the character in a hard place (can’t say much because of spoilers). It also deals with death and grief in a way that made my eyes burn.

A List of Cages is about hope and carrying on, about how kindness can change someone’s life, about the power of friendship, about how much abuse can affect, about death and grief. A List of Cages is no easy read, but an emotional one that still is important. It impacted me and will stick with me, please go embark on this journey.

04 AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”

Phew, I think I don’t think I have recovered from the huge hangover from Sky but let me share with you why you. must. read. this. series.

Laia and Elias have officially been branded my favourite characters and those that need-to-be-protected-at-all-costs. For a good reason. For Laia, her character arc through the books is simply remarkable. She isn’t your typical YA heroine who starts out all strong and badass, instead she is weak and ordinary and makes a mistake and as her courage and confidence grows we still see her falter big time, and I loved it. Elias, oh my goodness don’t get me started, I loved (actually hated lol) how honourable he was and always sacrificing his time and effort and soul for others, his struggle between duty and freedom across the books was so incredibly written! Another thing I loved about this series were the side characters, their relationships, identities and roles were significant plot points and I gobbled it all up.

The last thing I want to mention would be the world building. As much as I loved the Ember Quartet, no way would I want to go on the adventures with them because their empire. Is. Brutal. The series was so realistic in portraying hardships, so intense with how high the stakes are… I am just in awe of how it was created.

03 LOVELY WAR by Julie Berry

β€œIf music stops, and art ceases, and beauty fades, what have we then?”

It would be an understatement to say that I loved Lovely War because I loved it so desperately, with every inch of my little bookish heart and my soul that has been repeatedly shattered. Lovely War packed in a whole load of things and I adored every single second of it.

Lovely War is a story of hope. Of love. Of how humans, broken as they are, can care for another. And it was insanely sweet how that was demonstrated. I know some people complain about the instalove but IT WAS NOT (or rather not really in my delirium of loving the story) – it was more of an attraction and a slowly developing relationship between two endearing young people which was so so so dear to me. The amount of understanding and support in the relationships despite how much it fluctuated… *screams in hysteria*

But Lovely War is not all fluff okay. It deals with SO many serious issues like race. I was so heartened at how it highlighted the contribution of the African Americans during the Great War. Kudos to Julie Berry! Furthermore, it deals so painfully and realistically with the topic of loss, grief and guilt. Those three besties in war. It broke me so so much to see how each character was plagued by one or all of the three and how they bravely had to overcome it. And it was not cliche at all how it was executed… it was the rawest and realest (is this a word?) thing I loved and cried bittersweet tears for.

Lovely War is a stunningly beautiful book that will slip in and wreck you. So PLEASE do yourself a favour and go read it. Thanks for coming to my TED talk. (ALSO, it’s narrated by Greek Gods, kay!!)

02 THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer

β€œEven in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

The Lunar Chronicles is probably the most astute definition of my soul. The first book follows Cinder who is both a cyborg and a mechanic, in a time where a disease plagues the population of New Beijing and finds herself entangled with a lot of big business.

Some of the main reasons why The Lunar Chronicles isΒ both a comfort read and an intense read = favourite readΒ for me would be the characters. Marissa Meyer justΒ brings these characters from fairytales and twists them into something new and sh-sh-shocking. Like Cinder as a cyborg mechanic? *ahhh* Not only are the concepts of the characters, their backstory and all, insanely creative,Β the development of them and their personalities is also stunning. (and also all that sass and sarcasm!)

Each character is so unique and has their own vulnerabilities, such as self-identity which I found could resonate deeply with me. It is justΒ so inspiring to see them overcome these blocks and rise up the occasion with the duty to save the world, making me root for them all the way. (especially seeing all these girls who are being discriminated/bullied rise up *scream scream scream*)

We have all these complex characters already and Marissa Meyer goes one step further and BOOM adds a newfound family trope to it which makes me melt. And adds fantastic world-building. Plus themes of discrimination etc. And sprinkles so much good and shocking (well, most of the time) plot… every time you see a nod to the original fairytale, you really can’t help but smile at the subtleness and ingenuity.

Read. It.

01 SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo

β€œKaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”

Imma jump right into all the hype and be yelling “No mourners, no funerals” with all my breath. Because Six of Crows was simply ELECTRIC.

It mastered the misfits with clashing personalities and pasts banding together and finding a β€œfamily”. I LOVE THESE CHARACTERS, 6 unique ones with so much depth within less than 500 pages, all outcasts and criminals and morally grey characters but each determined and incredibly uplifting to read about whether it be their courage, wit or even trickery. GIVE ME ALL THE SASS AND BANTER AND BROKENNESS AND TRYING TO HEAL AND RELATIONSHIPS AND CRAZINESS AND EVEN GREED. GIMME. The characters are so real, so horrible to the extent of being lovable and the different romantic and friend friend relationships evolving between all of them gets me EMO. EVERY. TIME. Even after reading a one-liner quote.

We say no to over-intricate and obsessive plots, yes? But Six of Crows is incredibly intricate and so detailed and PURE BRILLIANCE. The different plans for the heists, the way everything planned goes into the dumpster and crazy things start happening and them somehow finding a way out (I NEED KAZ’S BRAIN. ONE BRAIN CELL WOULD SUFFICE. JUST ONE. PLEASE???). When they teeter on the edge of dying, literally going with the flow at such a rapid pace… I’m just breathless I am lost I am nonexistent. And the instances when they wing it? YES YES this is my reason for existence.

In short, this duology is at the tip of my tongue many many all the time. And my favourite book of 2020 for a reason. Go read it and have the time of your life AND STOP MISSING OUT OKAY!

And we are done! Oh my goodness I had so much fun writing about all my new favourites, though I am pained as I feel so bad for ranking some lower than others and have to resist the urge to change the rankings ahhh. I’m truly grateful that I’ve managed to discover so many incredible books this year. Thank you for reading!

Have you read any of these books mentioned? Are they also those you love? What are your favourite books of 2020?

101 thoughts on “MY TOP 10 READS OF 2020 πŸ’– || ft. gushing galore and cherelle doing the impossible of ranking favs!!

  1. Ahhhhh you have so many great books on here! And I’m feeling extremely honored to have been tagged in my own gushing review of those books (even if I haven’t read Sky yet). Awesome list. πŸ’•

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  2. Loved this post so much, this was awesome! (I honestly love reading lists, not sure why). Very glad to see Six of Crows at the top of your list because those books are awesome! Weirdly enough, I have not read any books in your top ten other than SoC, Ember, and Lunar Chronicles (and I haven’t finished the ‘An Ember in the Ashes’ series–still have to get book four!) Loved reading this post, though!

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    1. Aww thank you, Phoenix… I actually agree with you, lists are pretty satisfying to read! YESS another Six of Crows fan! Ahh I hoped that you found some new amazing books to read then, and that you’ll enjoy A Sky Beyond the Storm because phew, that one was a real emotional ride! Thanks again! πŸ’•

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  3. ahh i’m so glad you read so many good books this year πŸ’– i’m also trying to read more diverse books, and i found that i really love them; i hope you get to read more of them in 2021 <33 let me know if you need any recs!! loved reading this post! ❀️❀️

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  4. Oh gosh! I still can’t understand how u wrap it all up soooooooo well πŸ™ˆ.
    Thanks for mentioning my post..πŸ˜€
    Lol, I had written it so long ago…πŸ˜‚
    Looks weird looking back on it now

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  5. ahh i loved this post so much!! acot&r deserves all the hype!! (you NEED throne of glass in your life if you like acot&r) six of crows and crooked kingdom are the absolute best, we need leigh to give us a third book (which technically has been announced just not written, or publicised) i need to read an ember in the ashes soon, because everyone has only been saying good things about it!! thank you so much for mentioning my post πŸ₯Ίβ€

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    1. Thank you so much Ahaana! Ahh I have been hearing that a lot, I’m just daunted by how each book in the ToG series is so thick, and the fact that the series is so long… but I have no doubt that SJM will impress me nonetheless… IKR WE NEED THAT THIRD BOOK, even 2 books of pure perfection is not enough time for us with the crew! Ahh yes the Ember quartet is really well-loved, and I support it, I hope you love it too, please tell me asap when you get to it ok? My pleasure, and thank you for the lovely comment! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  6. so many of your top 10 are my favs too!! thank you for shouting out my a list of cages review, that book simply destroyed me inside out. i’m hoping an ember in the ashes will be in my top 10 next year when i finally get to read it ❀

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  7. i’ve read and loved quite a few of the books you mentioned! in particular, six of crows and an ember in the ashes series. i feel like nearly every blog i’m following is singing their praises but the books are just so brilliant and compelling that it’s hardly a surprise. i’m really glad you enjoyed them too.

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  8. It’s so sweet of you to give a shout out to other book bloggers, thank you so much for shouting out my Addie review! My 2021 reading goals includes finishing the Ember in the Ashes series and the Lunar Chronicles, Lovely War and The Midnight Library are high on my TBR list too!

    I’ve never heard of the Fedrik Backman novella, but I’m a total sucker for grandpa and grandkids relationships (Don’t know why maybe its because I never knew my grandpas).

    Really enjoyed reading this Cherelle!

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    1. Ahh, there are so many other incredible reviews and my own aren’t the most objective at times haha… my pleasure, Jawahir! YES, I support your reading goals 100%, I hope you enjoy my favs as much as I did, please come scream with me asap once you read them, okay?

      Same here, I was lucky enough to find it in my library… aww, I’m so sorry to hear that and I hope that if you do pick this one up, you’ll be able to enjoy it and get more glimpses into their relationships!

      Thank you so much Jawahir! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  9. What a list – looks like you’ve had a brilliant reading year! I’m so pleased to see The Book Thief in your top 10 as it’s one of my all time favourites. There are lots that I want to check out as well, like The Midnight Library and This Tender Land. Happy reading for 2021! πŸ“šβ€οΈ X x x

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    1. I did, thank you Florence! Aww, The Book Thief is indeed such a treasure despite all the ugly-cry it caused… ooh The Midnight Library and This Tender Land are both really uplifting stories, I hope that you enjoy them… you too, have a good 202 reading year! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  10. Cherelle, how did you do it?!?? How did you manage to rank all of these amazing books because I could never πŸ˜‚πŸ€© I mean, The Book Thief!! A List of Cages!! The Ember quartet!! (Thanks so much for the shout-out, by the way ❀️❀️) And Six of Crows of course!!! I finally started CK yesterday and ahhhh I’m loving it 😍😍 And ooh Fredrik Backman is an author I’ve been meaning to try for ages β€” I’m so happy to hear you loved his novella!!

    And please feel free to reach out whenever you need recs for books by Asian authors (though I doubt I’ll be able to do anything that this community can’t πŸ˜‚)! 2020 was the year I was shocked into rethinking my reading choices in terms of diversity thanks to the events going on here in America, and I hope both of us can make more progress on that in 2021.

    I loved reading this post with all my heart Cherelle!! I hope you finish off your reading year on a strong note and I hope next year treats you even better πŸ’–

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    1. Honestly? I have no idea, my brain is still switching up the rankings because I simply can’t decide, they are all so incredible! My pleasure, I loved your review of Sky ahh!! OOOHH CROOKED KINGDOM, are you still reading it now? If you’ve finished it, are you still in one piece haha?

      Aww thank you so much for the offer, Abby, and I truly appreciate your recommendations you gave me in my latest post! Ah I’m heartened to hear that change, thanks for sharing.

      Thank you so much, have an amazing 2021! πŸ’•

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      1. Yesss I finished Crooked Kingdom and I’m not okay ahhhhhhhhh 🀩😭😭😭😭 *SPOILERS* I was accidentally spoiled for Matthias’s death but it didn’t make it any less hard-hitting…. unpopular opinion here but he was my favorite character 😭😭

        I have now joined the huge club of people anxiously awaiting the mysterious third book…. I need it in my life ASAP!!! 😩

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        1. SPOILERS ahead!

          OH MYY I almost want to relive all the book hangover, but it’s too much ahh, I can definitely imagine all the heartbreak you’re experiencing… oh wow! Actually Matthias was my least favourite character (hehe) but I agree, it was SO hard hitting I couldn’t help but start bawling ahh!

          Haha welcome welcome to the club! I know!! I need it soon as well – even 2 books of pure perfection is not enough time with our beloved crew!!

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  11. OMG i cant believe you were able to rank your top 10?!?! That’s literally impossible for meπŸ˜† AND YES TLC IS THE BEST NOW I WANNA DO A REREADπŸ˜­πŸ’– Seeing how much ppl love SoC, I really hope I love it ahhh love this post sm!πŸ’•

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    1. I’m also in disbelief too, but I keep rethinking the rankings because how could I possibly compare so many incredible books ahhh… ikr, TLC is such a comfort read for me…I know, the hype for SoC is immense and I feel that it lives up to it, I truly hope that it resonates with you! Thank you for the lovely comment, Lia! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  12. I have read a few of the books on this list and reading your reviews makes me so excited to read the rest! Can’t wait for 2021. It’s going to be a great year of reading!!

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  13. Ah, this was such a good post!!

    Lovely War is the most BEAUTIFUL book! I adored the framing device with the Greek gods, and the love stories themselves were so moving and heartwarming. It was the first book I read by Julie Berry, and then I went and read a whole bunch of her other ones. So good!! (And you’re right β€” it totally is the realest AND the rawest!)

    And of course, I ADORE Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, and I love all the characters and their morbid, banter-y dialogue. They’re the best!!! ❀ ❀

    Great post Cherelle! ❀

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    1. Thank you so much Lulu! ✨

      I am so glad you agree…the Greek Gods element was such a unique idea, and definitely, Lovely War was one of the books that made me appreciate romance more! I have yet to venture into her other books so I’m really happy that you enjoyed them and even more excited to do so!

      Ahhh yes, the dialogue is priceless and so memorable… Thanks you for the lovely comment, Lulu! πŸ’•

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  14. Ahhhh!!! Such a great post Cherelle!! I’m so happy to read your thoughts on all these πŸ˜„ It’s definitely making me want to pick up some of these sooner rather than later πŸ˜‰ And I completely agree that The Lunar Chronicles deserve all the praises!! They’re just tooooooo amazing 🀩🀩

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  15. ah, yes!! so many great books on here!!

    LOVELY WAR!!! I love that book so so much, and when I read it I sobbed my eyes out in a way that a book hadn’t made me do in a very long time. I loved the narrative style, and the romances, and the characters. James Alderidge is such a sweetheart and I just fell in love with him. I love stories with a tragic premise but which have a thread of hope underlying it all, which is also a trend in another book we both loved this year, Sky!!

    I’m so glad you read and loved the Ember in the Ashes series this year!! It’s truly amazing and I can’t believe it’s over. Sky gave me a huge book hangover as well, after reading it and posting my review I haven’t been able to get into any other book!! It’s just too good and nothing seems to compare. Great list, you read some amazing books this year!! ❀

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    1. Hi Sanah, I know right!! 🀩 Indeed, I loved and felt so much for the characters and was shocked that Lovely War made me tear up in the simplest of passages. 😒 Ah you noticed, yep, I love harsh books with an uplifting tone, those are the ones that make me feel the most and oh Sky…. 🀯😭πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯° , the amount of emotions was just… I’m extremely grateful to have been able to get to the Ember Quartet too! Ohhh same!! I couldn’t stop thinking about it (aka crying over it) when trying to read other books haha, that is a mark of such a brilliant book. Aw thank you for your lovely comment Sanah! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  16. I loved this!!! A ton of these books are on my TBRπŸ˜… But The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue was amazing!!!! I also LOVED The Lunar Chronicles! I have no idea what my favorite book of the year is yet, but I’m thinking it’s possibly Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare? I don’t know if I have a review of that on my blog, but I really loved it.

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    1. Thank you Grace! πŸ’— YES ADDIE AND THE LUNAR CHRONICLES! I can’t believe I only discovered The Lunar Chronicles this year haha, I have been missing out on such amazing characters and relationships πŸ₯². Ooh Chain of Gold! I have definitely seen that lovely cover, but have yet to venture into the Shadowhunters world πŸ˜… (once I get over my fear for tomes, I will do so!) Thanks for sharing and for the comment! πŸ₯°

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  17. I’m impressed you were able to rate your top ten books! I can imagine how hard it must have been. πŸ˜… Lunar Chronicles was an amazing series, I want to reread that soon. And I definitely need to read the Six of Crow duology! Also, I agree, An Ember in the Ashes quartet & Invisible Life of Addie LaRue are some of my top books of the year! Great post! β™₯ (Also, thank you for sharing my review, I feel honored 😊)

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    1. Haha I have no idea how I did it and my brain is trying to retain everything now beaches I keep saying: how is it possible so compare such incredible books? 😫 Yes!! I had to resist the constant urge to start rereading these books when making the list haha, but will probably be giving one to The Lunar Chronicles like you as well because it is such a comfort read for me! YES MAY READ SIX OF CROWS (then come here and scream, I will be waiting πŸ˜‰) Ah I’m so glad some of our top books overlapped! Ember and Addie were truly masterpieces! My pleasure and thank you for your comment, May. πŸ’•

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  18. Thanks for linking one of my reviews! What a great post, and I absolutely loved this top 10 list. Six of Crows is definitely one of my favorite books of all time and it has the perfect cast of characters and plot! I also really loved The Lunar Chronicles, ACOTAR, and Warcross!

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    1. My pleasure Allison!! πŸ’ YES SIX OF CROWS, the series totally swept me away and ikr all of the six of characters are fleshed out so so well… and the plot – 🀯🀩. Ahh I’m so happy to hear that some of favs also overlap. Thanks for the comment Allison! πŸ₯°

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  19. Okay, first off can I just say that I think your blog’s design is ABSOLUTELY adorable?? I’m in love with all the bright pinks and yellows – it makes me so happy.

    Second off, I 100% agree with everything you said about The Book Thief. That book is till one of my favorite even though I read it in high school – it’s just so beautifully written! But that ending tho. It sucker-punches me in the gut every. single. time. Even though I know it’s coming, I still can’t stop myself from bawling like a little baby.

    Anyways, this was such a fun post to read! Happy New Year!

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    1. Ahh hi Kat!! Oh my goodness, that means so much coming from you ahh πŸ₯Ί, thank you so much, I’m so glad that my design is succeeding at its job of evoking positive emotions! πŸ€—

      I’m really glad to hear it! I’m sure I will be having the same sentiments as The Book Thief one feels so timeless… and indeed: That. Ending. 😭 (How can one love a book with such a cruel end??)

      Thank you for dropping by and for the comment! πŸ’•

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      1. I am definitely feeling ALL the positive emotions, Cherelle! Your blog is just so cute and welcoming!

        And oh my gosh, I totally agree: How can we love a book that has such a cruel ending? It makes me think of that scene from HP: “You’re going to suffer…but you’re going to be happy about it.” haha

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  20. My heart warms at the fact that I am seeing the Book Thief and the Six of Crows duology on your list, both (or all three?) are definite favourites of mine as well. I am especially hyped for the Shadow and Bone Netflix show, because I just want to see if they can bring the characters to life the way I imagined them.

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      1. I am a bit nervous too and I haven’t read the trilogy either, but I don’t know if I will *hides* So many people have told me that they liked the duology better and I am undecided, especially since the show won’t follow the events of the books anyway, since they created something new and mixed the storylines and characters together. I am going in expecting it to be the characters in terms of personality, but otherwise its own thing haha hope that prevents disappointment.

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  21. Ahhhh so happy you liked the ACOTAR series, the Lunar Chronicles and the Six of Crows duology! These are some of my all-time favourite books! πŸ₯°πŸ’•I’m still not over the Invisible life of Addie Larue; i agree with everything you said; it deserves every last drop of praise haha πŸ˜‚

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  22. ahh this post was so fun to read, i enjoyed reading all your gushing and screaming hehe :)) your passion for the Six of Crows duology, and especially the fact that it’s #1 in your top 10 reads of 2020, has definitely convinced me that I *must* read it sometime this year, haha. honestly the only reason i haven’t picked it up yet is bc i’m kinda scared of the hype :’) but i’m excited! lovely post, and i hope 2021 brings you more wonderful reads and new favorites πŸ’“

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    1. Dezzy! Aww I’m so thrilled to hear that, please do come to me when you do okay? Ahh yes, hyped books for me are either a hit or miss so I can definitely relate… SoC obviously lived up to the hype and more for me, and I hope that you can say the same! Thank you so much for dropping by, have a wonderful 2021 as well! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  23. Oh my god, I’m so happy to see A List of Cages on your list! This book broke my heart and it was so beautiful at the same time and ahhh, I’m so happy you read and enjoyed it. It deserves all the praise πŸ₯°

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  24. I. LOVE. THIS. POST. As soon as I saw KOTLC i wuz like OKAY LEMME JUST READ DIS REAL QUICK. and it was worth it. your post was so captivating and introduced me to a lot of books that I never knew existed. I’ve been wanting to read the Lunar Chronicles, still haven’t by the way lmao, but I think after reading your thoughts on it, I’ll be moving it up on my TBR list. once again, loved this

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  25. Haha I know you wrote this post a while ago, but back to this…I just got This Tender Land as a gift (for Valentines Day because my family gives books on Valentines Day…I mean I do love books haha) and I remembered you’d mentioned it here! It doesn’t sound like the type of book I’d usually read but you really enjoyed it so I’ll definitely start it soon and I hope I enjoy it!

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  26. Cherelle! This post is LOVELY! I really loved seeing all of the books that left a mark on your heart this year. Now, it’s time to commence the screaming.

    The Book Thief is so unbelievably devastating; you couldn’t be more right about that. It really hurts So Much. And Addie LaRue?! AH! The taste. The premise is so unique and convoluted, and SO well done, it’s kind of hard not too love it. Although, I definitely may be biased here because V.E. Schwab is very quickly becoming one of my favorite all-time authors.

    THE LUNAR CHRONICLES!! MAKES ME SO !!!! I literally just finished my reread of Winter like half an hour ago, and I am convinced that it is one of the best conclusion to a series I’ve ever read. I mean, each book is a masterpiece by itself. I feel like I should also note that about two weeks ago I wanted to reread Cinder only just to revisit some of these characters and it felt like due time, and I just kept picking up the next book. And, here we are, I’ve unintentionally reread the entire series. I could really gush about these stories and these characters (I love Thorne with my whole heart) for hours on end, and I’m sure you can too. Also, thank you so much for mentioned my TLC post – that is so kind of you!

    SIX OF CROWS!!! ALSO MAKES ME VERY !!!!!! Alright, so I should feel bad about all of the caps lock here, but I really have no regrets. You’re just mentioning all of my favorite series and stories that are etched into my very soul. I also may have recently reread Crooked Kingdom (which is entirely beyond the point), but it’s just. so. good. I will never get over how complex but easily understandable the characters are. Not to mention how realistic?! I would do anything for them, even though 5/6 of them would probably kill me without any question. I’m so happy to hear that you loved them as much as you did. I’m also going to cut myself short here because, again, I could go on for hours, and I won’t bring that upon you.

    In my defense, I did warn you that there would be a lot of screaming in this comment.

    But in all seriousness, I am so thrilled to have read this post! It really was fantastic, and I am so happy that you found such great books this past year. I’m even more excited to get into the ones you mentioned that I haven’t read yet! Happy 2021 😊

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  27. Thank you so much for featuring my book review, Cherelle! You’re always so kind. πŸ₯°

    I’ve finally started reading An Ember in the Ashes and it is sooo wonderful!!! I devoured the first book and am almost finished with the second. This series has everything I could want in a story: compelling character arcs, non-stop action and suspense, high stakes scenarios that will twist your emotions every which way….the list goes on and on!

    In short, thank you for recommending this series! πŸ’–

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