The Most Surprising Books of 2020: The Amazing and the Awful

Hello again honeybees! I’m here with the first of my 2020 wrap up posts! I decided to start with the most surprising of my reads this year.

I think the most surprising thing about my 2020 reading was that I didn’t read very much. But hopefully 2021 will be my year.

Let’s start with the bad and work our way up.

Surprisingly, The Most Disappointing

Crave by Tracy Wolff

This is my most disappointing book of the year not because it was the worst (although it was pretty bad) but because I had such high hopes for it and was utterly disappointed. I don’t have the opportunity to pre-order many books, and this was the only book I pre-ordered this year. It was such a let down and not worth the hype.

Vampires Never Get Old edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker

This was…not good. As a paranormal lover I had high hopes for a diverse vampire anthology with mainly BIPOC authored stories. But many of these stories dragged (despite being decently short), were underdeveloped, and strange. I love a weird vampire novel but these were just a drag to read and mostly very unexciting.

Desperandum by Pia Sophia

I read this in the beginning of the year but I remember how grotesque it was. It was a very disturbing read, in the worst ways possible, and that’s all I have to say about that.

Canceled: Inside YouTube Cancel Culture by Chris Boutté

This is a case of false packing (but it is my bad that I didn’t look into it as thoroughly as I could have). The synopsis made it seem as though it would be less of a memoir and more of an analysis on cancel culture by someone who has personally experienced it. Instead there was pages and pages of a famous YouTuber trying to clear his name and understand the ridicule that he faced. I mean, good for him, but that’s not what I set out to read. (Too harsh? Maybe. Oh well.) Read my more in depth review here.

Surprising In The Best Way

Lobizona by Romina Garber

This was the best book I read in 2020 hands down. It got me out of my reading slump with its magical setting and gripping plot. I cannot wait for Cazadora and to reread Lobizona via audiobook. You can read my Instagram review here.

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

I actually really like adult romance and when I heard that this had chronic illness rep, I knew I had to give it a try. I’m always wary though, as some adult novels can be boring or stiff. But wow this exceeded expectations! I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series and I really think Talia Hibbert will become a new auto-buy author for me. I also reviewed this one of Instagram riiiight here.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Garcia-Moreno

This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 but I didn’t get to it. When the audiobook was available earlier this year, I was quick to borrow it from my library but I was scared it wouldn’t live up to the hype. It did and then some! I laughed, I cried, I had an amazing time. SGM is one of those authors that was so obviously born to write and I’m so excited to read her backlist and new releases in 2021. Full review here.

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

I was scrolling through Libby one day and saw this. The synopsis seemed interesting so I decided to borrow it and try out my luck. I didn’t know this would be my favorite read for the first half of 2020 but it blew me away! I found myself transported in the story and rooting for the characters. I even cried at some parts. This was such a lovely novel. Full review here.

Am I the only one completely unemotional about the new year? I’m just really hoping for a clean slate.

What were your surprising reads of the year? Have you read any of these books? Do you completely disagree with me on some of these?

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4 thoughts on “The Most Surprising Books of 2020: The Amazing and the Awful

  1. Sofia @ BookishWanderess says:

    I love Lobizona, Get a Life Chloe Brown and Gods of Jade and Shadow, so I’m very glad you enjoyed them as well! I have heard so many bad things about Vampires Never Get Old, which is sad because I love Zoraida and I was planning on reading this but now I’m not interested anymore.

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