My Favorite Books of 2020

I read a total of 21 novels in 2020, and I enjoyed all of them. A big part of the year was spent reading the Wheel of Time series, but I still had plenty of time for other books too.

I have a top 4 list, but leading up to it are some amazing books, all of which I’d highly recommend: The Doors of Eden, Wheel of Time Book 5, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, The Last Emperox, Providence, Exhalation, Auberon, The Dragon Republic, The Toll, and To Be Taught, If Fortunate.

I haven’t finished reading Rhythm of War, but I’m definitely enjoying it. I also have Ready Player Two, The Burning God, and The Fires of Vengeance waiting on my Kindle.

My Top 4 Books of 2020

4. The Burning White by Brent Weeks: In the fifth and final book of the Lightbringer series, everything wraps up, but not without some tough decisions and surprises.

3. The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: As I said in my post about it, ” I love campus novels, and the elements of magic and secret societies in this book made it even more of a page-turner. Bardugo is a master of hinting at and revealing information at just the right time–she constantly tantalizes you with what you don’t know and what you’ll soon learn (and she rewards you every time).”

2. A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time book 14) by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan: As I said in my post about it, “In my opinion, it is the best “final battle” in any work of fiction. It’s not just one battle. This is nearly a world-scale event, so the first half of the book is 4 separate, massive, prolonged battles happening in completely different areas.”

1. The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter: As I said in my post about it, “It’s kind of like a fantasy version of Ender’s Game, except the protagonist’s abilities are earned instead of bestowed upon him. There’s also hints of Gladiator and the Stormlight Archives.”

What are a few of your favorite books you read in 2020?

Here’s last year’s list.

7 thoughts on “My Favorite Books of 2020”

  1. I am an audiobook “reader” and with less commuting, I “read” fewer books in 2020. I discovered two “new to me” authors – John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) and Rachel Caine (Stillhouse series).

    A book with an interesting premise that I read was: The Wax Pack – On the Open Road In Search of Baseball’s Afterlife by Brad Balukjian. The author opened a 1986 Topps wax pack of baseball cards and visited the 15 players in the pack, interviewing them to see what they are doing now and asking deeper questions about life with these players. I highly recommend it to any baseball fan who collected cards. I also think the non-baseball fan would enjoy this read as it really has some strong non-baseball themes – family, love, forgiveness, loss, etc that anyone could relate to.

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  2. I read all but the first three Dresden File books by Jim Butcher in 2020 and pulled my wife in with me. The first couple of books are kind of campy and short (which I didn’t mind), but Butcher is so incredibly consistent with his characters that after the first couple of books he has created a world and supporting cast that make each book more enjoyable. Definitely recommended if you haven’t given them a read yet.

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