What a year right? I mean … I’m ready to drop here at the end, I’m just incredibly exhausted every day. My mom says it’s probably partly due to the stress of everything going on this year and I’m inclined to agree.
Oddly enough, when it comes to reading this has been a really great year! I’ve gotten so many wonderful books this year and I wanted to share a few of my absolute favorites. These are not in any particular order. I hope you find something that you can enjoy.
Things In Jars by Jess Kidd
I just discovered this author, and the only thing I don’t like about that is she has only written 3 books so far and I want to read like 100 of her books. She’s is fantastic.
All of her books have a supernatural twist to them. This one is about a young female detective in late 1800’s London searching for a missing child.
“Winding her way through the labyrinthine, sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing a past that she’d rather keep buried. Luckily, her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters, including a seven-foot tall housemaid; a melancholic, tattoo-covered ghost; and an avuncular apothecary. But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where spectacle is king and nothing is quite what it seems.”
The book is engrossing and the characters are absolutely charming.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
What a book! It had a lot of hype this year and it was all well deserved. Thank you to my friend Erica for sending me an e-book of this one so I could stop waiting for my library copy to come through. I can only say I really loved this book and not go through all the reasons because I’m really afraid I will spoil things for you readers. It’s a real gothic novel, but that upends so many tropes and tells a compelling story. You will love it.
“An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . . From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.”
Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson
Omg. I’ve been waiting with bated breath for this book. I honestly feel like Stormlight Archive is a classic Fantasy series on par with The Lord of the Rings.
This installment in the series lived up to expectations and went beyond. The cinematic way he writes is as always compelling, but he really dives into the ways that war/conflict affects soldiers. PTSD, depression and mental illness is almost a focal point of the book and really pulls at the heartstrings. If you’ve read the earlier novels then by all means DO NOT MISS this one. If you haven’t … I’m sorry to say, don’t buy this … go back to book one and start there. You won’t be sorry.
Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman
I’m sorry guys. If you know me or you follow my blog you’re probably so tired of me talking about this book, but I really loved it. I love all things hedge witch/healers. This book has so much of that, as well as is a really great first book in the Practical Magic series.
“In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.“
Knight’s Ransom by Jeff Wheeler
ANOTHER five-star read from Jeff Wheeler. His Kingfountain series is my favorite of his books and this is a prequel. I really CAN’T WAIT until the next book comes out. It has everything I want, kick ass women, high fantasy, characters to fall in love with.
“From Jeff Wheeler, the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Kingfountain novels, comes an epic new series of warring kingdoms, deadly family rivalries, and fearless loyalty.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. A brutal war of succession has plunged the court of Kingfountain into a power struggle between a charitable king who took the crown unlawfully and his ambitious rival, Devon Argentine. The balance of power between the two men hinges on the fate of a young boy ensnared in this courtly intrigue. A boy befittingly nicknamed Ransom.“
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
THIS BOOK. Omg. Seriously go download the sample and read the first chapter. It is impossible to put down afterwards. It also centers pre-columbian indigeneous people, and is written by a BIPOC author. It’s also freaking amazing!
“From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.
A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun“
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
A book of short stories on my Best of 2020 list? These stories are just fantastic. Set in the Grishaverse they have a flavor all their own, like old folk tales. I LOVED them. Read them before the Netflix show starts!
“Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.“
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Featuring one of my favorite new characters, Murderbot, this novella is a must read. Since it’s so short I don’t want to inadvertently spoil anything so I won’t talk plot, I will just say you will fall in love with these characters. It’s also surprisingly funny.
“On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid—a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.
But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.”
Well that’s my list! I had such a good time with these books. It’s really been a great year for literature, especially fantasy. Let’s all look forward to a good 2021. It can happen right? I believe in magic. 😉