Favorite Books of 2020: Adult & Nonfiction Edition

December is always one of my favorite book blogging times of the year – if, not my favorite – because I truly enjoy wrap-up season. Over the past two weeks, I’ve shared my most anticipated young adult and contemporary romance releases of 2021. It’s now time to move on to stage 2 of December wrap-up season, aka favorites time! I want to preface this favorites post by saying that my schedule is going to be a little wonky for the next 2 weeks. Although I won’t be venturing out of my home much for the holiday season, I adjusted my schedule since I do celebrate Christmas and want to have my end of year wrap ups posted by New Year’s Eve. This week, I’ll be positing my favorite YA books of 2020 on Wednesday, and I have another blog post coming on Saturday instead of Friday. Next week, I’ll be posting on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Today, I’ll be giving some love to adult fiction and non-fiction by sharing my favorite reads of the year within those genres! I didn’t create an anticipated releases post for 2021 adult fiction, but I will be sharing some titles in my January and February anticipated releases post early next month. I usually reach for a few adult fiction titles in between YA and contemporary romance, but I definitely reached more for the genre in the latter half of the year. It was a mix of some of my favorite adult authors coming out with new books, recommendations from other bloggers and podcasts, and wanting to take on some less fluffy reads. While I wouldn’t call it a staggering amount, I also read more nonfiction in 2020 than ever before. 

Adult Fiction 

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is truly one of the most beautifully written books  I’ve ever read. I just think this book is so timeless and original. Following a woman who made a deal with the devil 300 years ago, it was the perfect blend of fantasy meets contemporary world. 

The Heir Affair (The Royal We #2) by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

I remember blowing through The Heir Affair on my Kindle this summer because I truly needed to just keep reading this sequel to Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan’s The Royal We. Following the fictional British royal family, The Royal We is more of a play on William and Kate, while The Heir Affair is more of a play on Meghan and Harry. Although I didn’t necessarily enjoy the book’s love triangle, everything else about it cemented it as one of my favorite 2020 reads. 

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas 

We all know that ACOTAR isn’t really YA – and will officially be considered new adult/adult with A Court of Silver Flames – but I was truly obsessed this year with Sarah J. Maas’ official foray into adult fiction with House of Earth and Blood. I seriously think Crescent City has the potential to beat out Throne of Glass and become my all-time favorite SJM series. The world-building and cast were absolutely phenomenal, and most of all, I loved that even against the plot and romance (can you say, STEAM??), this book was truly about female friendship. Read More »

Favorite Books of 2020 So Far

It’s hard to believe that summer is halfway over, let alone 2020. I’ve read 60 books and 2 novellas so far (mid July) this year. I’m pretty content with how much I’ve read given the varying states of everyday life in 2020. 60 books was actually my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal, but my personal reading goal is to read 100 books. Again,  given 2020, I won’t be too upset if I don’t reach 100 by the end of the year, especially because I feel like I’ve read so many quality books. 

Since we’re reaching the midway point of summer and 2020 this week, today I’ll be sharing some of my favorite books of 2020. I won’t be going into too much detail because I’ve already gushed over so many of these in reviews & other posts, and there will of course be a 2020 favorites reads post or two by the end of the year.

Favorites 

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

You Deserve Each Other is the funniest & most sarcastic enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance I’ve ever read! It features an engaged couple, Naomi & Nicholas, who maybe want to cancel their upcoming wedding but neither wants to be stuck with the nonrefundable bill. 

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Beach Read is seriously the must read (beach read) of the summer. Beach Read combines so much of what I love in contemporary romances and in all of my contemporary reads: summer, the beach, writing, enemies-to-lovers, self-growth, and a romance scene or two. 

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

There are SO many amazing YA books on this favorites list, but I think my YA heart belongs to Rachel Lynn Solomon’s upcoming Today Tonight Tomorrow.

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