The Best books I have read in 2020

The best books I have read in 2020

The best books I have read in 2020

Hello everyone and welcome to my post on the best books I have read in 2020 – one of my favorite categories in the world! I have read almost 50 books this year, which isn’t necessarily the amount of books I want to read, but still – I am proud of myself. Looking back on the year, I did a damn fine job. I narrowed it down to 20 books and only choose the ones I knew I truly loved this year. The books I flew through and made me forget that time is a thing. Not all books have been published in 2020 though, so you might have read some – or all of them of course. Let’s just get into it!

The best books I have read in 2020

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Serpent & Dove was a book that really surprised me. I just started reading it because I heard great things about it and loved the cover. But the story captivated me, made me laugh out loud (which very few stories manage) and I looked forward to reading this book every day. That, in my opinion, makes a great book. One you can’t stop thinking about.

Imagine me by Tahereh Mafi

This is the 6th and final book in a series. But it was an amazing conclusion to the whole and I definitely recommend you to read book 1 “Shatter me” by Tahereh Mafi. Incredibly talented writer and I personally love the characters and romance in this series.

Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

I can’t shut up about this book. I love all Sarah’s books, but this is the first adult book she has written and it’s just on another level. The writing is magical and makes you forget that you’re reading at all. It truly transports you into the story. Can’t recommend Sarah J. Maas enough!

The best books I have read in 2020

The Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty

This trilogy also took me by surprise. I had seen a couple of people online recommending it and saw that the books were already a complete trilogy. I had never heard of the series before 2020 and I got really curious. And after reading the entire trilogy I just feel so surprised for not finding and reading this series earlier. It has everything a fantasy series needs; strong main characters, an intriguing plot, fast- and slow burn romances and an amazing world. Rereading these books will feel like coming home – and I will reread them.

The best books I have read in 2020

The Conqueror’s saga

This trilogy I knew about for some years now. I had heard some people say amazing things about it, and also had the series on my shelves for a short year before I read it. Why I didn’t start this series before I have absolutely no clue and no valid answer for. Though I do believe in divine timing and maybe reading it at this time made me appreciate it more than I would have years prior. I have to say though – if there’s one female character that is ruthless, badass and freaking amazing – it is Lada. I will say no more. Just read it for her, because she is a legend and she makes this series epic.

The best books I have read in 2020

Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

From this series, only book 1 and book 2 are out – but if it has been April 2021 for you – book 3 will be published as well! Lucky bird, you won’t have to wait. BUT, I am a huge sucker for great romances (hence why I am writing a romance book too) and let me tell you; a great romance it has. I haven’t read a romance like this in a while and it’s the absolute reason why I think these two books are the best I have read in 2020. The main characters are brutal, badass and absolutely heart-stopping. It has such a unique spin on the werewolves and vampires trope, that I realized it was about vampires and werewolves near the end of book 1. No spoiler, just saying that the book is not your cliché vampire/werewolf story! And just take my word for it; the romance is amazing. Absolutely let me know your thoughts on this!

The best books I have read in 2020

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

This book was also recommended a lot online and after I read the summary and felt major Mulan-vibes, I went ahead and read it. I did not really read though, I listened to the audiobook which was a relaxing experience.

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

This is book 2 in the series, so I highly recommend you start by reading book 1; Furyborn. This trilogy has such a unique story. It spans over two storylines and characters, who are about a 1000 years apart (I think – I haven’t referenced it to be sure, but let’s just say; a lot). They are two very different characters whose stories intertwine.

Supernova by Marissa Meyer

This was the 3rd and final book in the Renegades trilogy, which I highly suggest you read! It such a unique story and reminds me in many ways of “the incredibles”.

The Queen of all that Dies by Laura Thalassa

I read this New Adult book because I just love Laura Thalassa’s work and I must say that I enjoyed it a lot. But, this book is New Adult for a reason – and it certainly has a toxic romance story in a way. I knew this already, because Laura herself had said something along the lines of a ‘twisted main guy’. Well, she delivered and I had a great time. My guilty pleasure are all types of intoxicating romance stories. They make me want to know what happens next. I know what I like about it and what would make it wrong in real life, so it’s safe for me to read. Trigger warnings though; if you do get triggered by unhealthy relationships, do not read this. If it’s your guilty pleasure too, it will definitely deliver.

The shadows between us by Tricia Levenseller

I got this book in a Fairyloot box and started reading it immediately after reading the back blurb. I loved these kind of romance stories. A dark and impossible kind, schemes and enemies-to-lovers tropes and plots. I enjoyed it though, it surprised me a lot at times.

Famine by Laura Thalassa

Again, I read this book because I love Laura’s work. I also loved the two books before this one in the Dark Horsemen series. Not as twisted of a romance as the queen of all that dies, but still spicy and harsh in some ways. Also a romance book, if it wasn’t clear!

Witch by Lisa Lister

I love this books for many reasons. It introduced me to this topic in the first place – reclaiming your witch heritage. And a lot of the history surrounding the Witch’s trials and also a lot about modern witches – and why the word “witch” has such a pop culture meaning nowadays. What I also loved was the practical information and things you could immediately integrate in your life. Lisa explains this difficult and biased topic in a very understandable and clear way.

The monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma

This book got recommended to me and the title immediately intrigued me. I had never heard of this book before, but it definitely served some great life lessons and stories. It’s a beautiful story with practical information.

The ride of a lifetime by Robert Iger

Is this title not amazing? Bob (Robert) Iger is a huge inspiration to me on my entrepreneurial journey. He is the CEO of The Walt Disney company and did major things for the company and the brand throughout the world. Bob Iger truly made Disney the company it was always destined to be. He shares many of his innovative and brave ideas which made a lot of positive impact in the long run!

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Lots of Love,


Britt van den Elzen

Hi! I’m Britt, a 20-something creative entrepreneur from the Netherlands. I’m passionate about all things magic and can often be found dreaming about fictional worlds. The greatest love of my life is storytelling and I’ve been reading and watching stories ever since I can remember. ✨

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