It’s the end of another year, and as a result of this, it’s time to discuss some of our most favorite or best of 2020 reads!
To be completely honest, I have struggled to put together these lists over the last 3 or so years. Why I am not sure, but it’s been a doozy. Perhaps it’s because I’m more choosy or maybe because I don’t read that many books per year (when I say I’m a turtle reader, trust me, I am *note the under 50 Goodreads count*). Sure I read books like Going the Distance, which I did really like, but don’t feel is worth a “best of” tag. Or I read super popular novels I wanted to love, but couldn’t. Whatever the reasons, I just don’t find it easy to work up these types of lists. That said, I still love to curate them and discuss (even though I probably over discuss) said books. This is the precipice I find myself on today as I type this list.
Regardless of my confusion about a lacking number of books to place on a best of virtual shelf, I still read some GOOD books last year, but our topic today is the 2020 reads I discovered. Let’s have a look at what books make Finding Wonderland’s Best of 2020 list.
BEST IN FICTION 2020
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1: Before I Called You Mine, Nicole Deese
2: Whose Waves These Are, Amanda Dykes
Read this with the 2020 INSPYs, and while everyone gushed over it in its release year (2019, as a debut), this is one I was late to the party for. That said, I still enjoyed it, late or no. Amazon | Goodreads
3: The Rise and Fall of Jane, Corrie Garrett
*Rating is more of a 3-1/2
This Indie release sat on my shelf for quite some time and I really didn’t know what to make of it. I don’t see many (or any?) Jane Eyre re-tellings but on a whim I picked it up. It falters a bit in the end, which tries to bring in Bronte’s supernatural or Gothic chills, but overall I was impressed. Amazon | Goodreads
4: A Girl’s Guide to the Outback, Jessica Kate
I liked this one better than Jessica’s debut novel; it’s just so fun and cute and entertaining. It’s definitely a comedy, but there are layers to the story, and I’m here for it all. Amazon | Goodreads
5: The Solid Grounds Coffee Company, Carla Laureano
Pretty sure I’ve had all of these books by this author on my “best of” lists for three years straight now. They’re just so good, and interesting with mature romances that fit each story. Amazon | Goodreads
6: The Upside of Falling, Alex Light
This book is a ray of sunshine and exactly what makes me love reading. There’s so much cuteness in this faux dating romance, and I wish there were a million more books just like it. Amazon | Goodreads
7: Of Curses and Kisses, Sandhya Menon
To be honest… I don’t love this book as much as the anticipation would have made me believe. Is it still good? Of course. But for some reason it took me a long while to really get “into” the story. Once I did however, it’s a solid and quite the entertaining fairy-tale retelling. Amazon | Goodreads
8: The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly, Jamie Pacton
9: The Crushing Depths, Dani Pettrey
I mean… I’m pretty sure I always have to include the yearly release by Pettrey. Her novels are always exciting but also take the time to focus on characters, too. Plus, who doesn’t like the team aspect each story promotes? Amazon | Goodreads
10: Stay with Me, Becky Wade
This novel drew some harsh critics this year, but Stay With Me reads like a seasoned novel that’s not afraid to wander into the “messy” of life. I love this. I am a happy book kind of reader, but the way this story unfolds and goes is beautiful and fully embraces some of the not-so-good about life in order to earn and cherish the beautiful. Amazon | Goodreads
11: If For Any Reason, Courtney Walsh
12: Listen to your Heart, Kasie West
I mean… you guys know I have to include Kasie West’s novel, right?? Her books are always darling and cute! I meant to read her last release in 2020, Moment of Truth, but ran out of time. Good news is, this indicates I’m not officially caught up on all of the novels West has released and so, I can still enjoy one more until her 2021 release comes out! Amazon | Goodreads
Now it’s all you! Tell me, what books did you love in 2020? Which made your best of lists? Comment all of your thoughts below.
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