2020 has come and gone. Another year, another Goodreads Challenge complete! (Or in my case, not quite complete
but that’s okay because the point is to have fun with it)
Here are my top ten favorite books of 2020! These aren’t in any particular order, as it would be very hard to rank these!
1. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson
Wowie, this was a fabulous book! It gave me cozy Hobbit vibes but had such a witty sense of humor that I literally laughed out loud while reading listening to this one. I was hooked from page one and it only got better with every second.
2. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton
The whole concept of this book is just so funny to me, and the two main characters cracked me up the whole way through! Chesterton also has a really witty sense of humor, along with a masterful writing style, and I wish I could go back and re-read this book for the first time again.
3. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
It took me a second to realize that this is the book that Disney’s The Black Cauldron was based off of. I really enjoyed this book—it was short and sweet and was able to articulate the poignancy of returning home from a perilous quest in a really excellent way.
4. Persuasion by Jane Austen
Every time I read a new Jane Austen novel (and I only have two more left!) it becomes my new favorite. Persuasion was really excellent. I think Anne is my favorite Austen Heroine at the moment!
5. The False Prince by Jennifer Neilson
This was my first book by Jennifer Neilson and it really lived up to my expectations. It kept me guessing and engaged during a time I was emerging from a reading slump, and it was just what I needed to cure it. I can’t wait to continue this series!
6. The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
I finally did it—I finally finished the Chronicles of Narnia this year! This book concludes the seven book series in a bittersweet but really beautiful way.
7. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
This was a pretty dense book, but there were a lot of really beautiful quotes sprinkled within, and I really enjoyed it overall.
8. Ranger’s Apprentice: Erak’s Ransom by John Flannagan
THIS BOOK. Oh my goodness. I can’t remember the last time a book left me so on edge! Flannagan did a stupendous job weaving tension throughout every chapter, and I was absolutely glued to this book. It’s definitely my favorite of the series, or at least tied with the very first book.
9. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
This book was a symphony. I have so much respect for Sanderson and the story he told. (Though part of me is still in denial that I read a 1,000+ page book and there’s still more to the story???) I read the climax of this book (which is honestly one of the most wonderfully written climaxes of any book ever) outside in the middle of the thunderstorm which probably wasn’t the best idea, but it was EPIC.
10. Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset
This was a great book. Very mature in its theme, and the characters were so interesting to analyze. I still argue, err, converse with my friends over their motivations and reactions. I’m almost through Kirsten Lavransdatter by the same author, so I had an idea of what the feel of this book would be like.
It’s so much fun to go back and look at all the books you’ve read throughout the year. (another reason why I love the Goodreads challenge!)
Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful New Year! ❤