Favorite Reads of 2020

Last year I had a ton of favorites posts breaking down all the favorites because there were just too many to fit in one post. This year I decided to do a single post. It’s not that there were less favorites, but I did read about 30 less books overall. Also, reading in 2020 and being able to truly get lost in a book and enjoy it….well, that was a whole MOOD. Not all of these were published in 2020–I spent a good part of my year trying to catch up on back list reading. Still, a good chuck are 2020 books which just goes to show the year did have some great things to offer us.

The Unbound Empire by Melissa Caruso (2019)


The Captive Prince series by C. S. Pacat (2012 – 2016)


Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr (2016)


Regency Faerie Tales series by Olivia Atwater (2020)

Review & Review

The Others series by Anne Bishop (2013 – 2017)


The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty (2020)


The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso (2020)


A Dance With Fate by Juliet Marillier (2020)


The Lord of Stariel by A.J. Lancaster (2018)


Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko (2018)


The Midnight Bargain by C. L. Polk (2020)


Heart of Stone by Johannes T. Evans (2020)


Dreams from the Grave by J. Kathleen Cheney (2020)


Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (2017)


The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune (2020)

Review forthcoming

So there you have it! A few of my favorite reads of the year. 2020 may have been a crazy year for a lot of reasons but at least I still had books to sustain me and they really did get me through a lot. Thanks, books! What were some of your favorite reads? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat~!

43 thoughts on “Favorite Reads of 2020

  1. evelynreads1 says:

    The Empire of Gold is also on my list! I really need to read some of the others, like The House in the Cerulean Sea!


  2. Tammy says:

    You did really well with series! I managed to catch up with a few series too. I’m sad I wasn’t able to read The Midnight Bargain, maybe I will try to squeeze it in soon. Glad you ended up finding some favorites, it certainly was a challenge at times this year to focus on reading!

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Thanks! We’ll see how it all shakes out at the end of the year, but I did manage to catch up on several and finish a few. πŸ™‚
      The Midnight Bargain was an interesting one–I had expected to love it because it’s so romance centric but honestly the feminism was so strong in it I loved it for that more than anything. πŸ™‚
      It definitely was a tough year for readers!

  3. Jorie says:

    Hallo, Hallo,…

    OOh! I love whenever we start to share our top favourites lists!! πŸ™‚ I haven’t yet begun to assemble mine yet as I’m still working on #yearendreads!! I had hoped to be reading my #ChristmasReads this week however my Christmas plans went up in smoke when Mum took-on 6x emergency fill-in shifts at work. All of which were 12hrs per day. I’m still not sure which stories I’m still reading will make my final round-ups as being my top favourites however I am hoping to do a post similar to the one I did last year – where I talk about all the ‘new’ authors I read or heard (depending if it were in print or audio) which became my new top favourites.

    *waves* Sending you good cheer at the holidays. From your list, I want to read “The Empire of Gold” myself – that author has been on my bookish radar for a few years now.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Good luck with your year end reading, Jorie! I’m also working on finishing up a few books before we head into 2021.
      12 hour days sound rough! Hope your mom gets some rest soon!
      Looking forward to your year end posts.
      I highly recommend The Daevabad Trilogy, it’s such a great series. Happy Holidays!

  4. Bob/Sally says:

    I’ve only read her Black Jewels books (and loved them), so I’ll have to give Bishop’s The Others a read at some point. I was so excited for The Midnight Bargain, but my review copy was defective (it would only load the TOC) so I’ll have to buy a copy at some point.

    The Captive Prince was a DNF for me, but Megan Deer I need to read more of.

  5. Maryam (@thecurioussffreader) says:

    The only books on your list that I have read are the Captive Prince books, I remember binging the trilogy in the course of two days! πŸ˜‚
    The House in the Cerelean Sea, Wintersong and the Melissa Caruso books are on my lists of books to read asap! πŸ˜€

  6. Zezee says:

    I’m holding out until the last minute to do my favs list, but Goblin Emperor is certainly on it.
    I’ve always wanted to try one of Juliet Marillier’s books, so maybe I’ll do so in 2021.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Glad Goblin Emperor is making your list. πŸ™‚
      I also waited a long time to get to Marillier, but I’m glad I dove in because I do love her books. Highly recommend her Blackthorn and Grimm series which is a precursor to this one.

  7. imyril @ There's Always Room For One More says:

    Empire of Gold was my least favourite Daevabad novel but also a wholly satisfying end to the trilogy, and I’m not sure how to reconcile those two gut responses except by shrugging and saying ‘eh, 2020’ πŸ˜‰

    But hooray for The Unbound Empire, which had me in bits – The Obsidian Tower is very close to the top of my Read Next pile πŸ˜€

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I think my least favorite Daevabad was the first one, the second was the best IMO. The third was a great conclusion however there were a couple of areas where I had wished for just a bit more. Still one of my favorites of the year though!

      But yeah, 2020 really threw a wrench in our reading, didn’t it?

      I really hope you enjoy The Obsidian Tower–I’ll admit it took me a bit to get into it, somehow it didn’t grab me right away even though it starts off rather interesting, but as it went on I just got more and more in to it. πŸ™‚

  8. Rachana says:

    empire of gold is one i really loved. it was the perfect ending to the series! also midnight bargain is a book i’ve been thinking of listening to on audible so it’s great to see it’s one of your favorites.

  9. Lexlingua says:

    Oh, this is awesome — I found several of my own favorites here! I discovered Regency Faerie Tales series by Olivia Atwater very late this year and loved them — and the same for Lord of Stariel. Bishop and Marillier are old favorites of mine and I read every single thing (or try to) that they’ve ever written. And Wintersong and its sequel are splendid too. Happy sigh.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Those Olivia Atwater books are just so dang good! I love Bishop and Marillier as well, I’m working on reading more of their stuff both old and new. Bishop was probably one of my first real big favorites in the genre where I followed a series when it was coming out haha. πŸ™‚ I’m very lucky to have read so many wonderful books this year. πŸ™‚

  10. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den says:

    Struggling with reading was an entire mood in 2020, and you’re for sure far from alone in that! Still, looks like you managed to read a ton of great books. I absolutely loved The House in the Cerulean Sea, too! One of my top reads of 2020, for sure. I’m excited to see The Obsidian Tower on your list, too, because I’ve been meaning to pick that up!

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Oh yeah, I know a lot of readers struggled in 2020. I’m glad I was able to read as much as I did!
      Oh, I hope you enjoy The Obsidian Tower–Melissa Caruso has become one of my favorite authors over the past couple of years.

  11. @lynnsbooks says:

    I’m with Tammy and feel sad I didn’t fit in Midnight Bargain. Or Girl with No Face for that matter. And I did try so hard to fit in backlist books in December but I’m afraid I left myself too many books. Still, 2021 is here, it’s a new start and maybe I’ll fit them all in this year.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

  12. JonBob says:

    Omg I STILL haven’t read The Unbound Empire, what is wrong with me??? I loved the first two books so much as well I just don’t understand why I haven’t finished the series. I don’t really make specific book plans but I’d really like to finish some series this year haha.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      It’s soooooo good. I loved it and it’s one of the rare times where I was perfectly happy with how a book series ended.
      I would also like to finish some series this year! Although that’s sort of a low-key goal of mine every year haha. Best of luck!

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