2020 has been quite a year. With everything going on in the world, I found solace in reading. Running away from the real world and jumping into a fictional one was, honestly, my way coping. And it helped.
My goal this year was to read 24 books and I ended up reading 39! I discovered talented authors who wrote great books, authors who I now call my favorites. Out of my list of 6 favorite books, five of them are from authors I’ve discovered this year. These six books reminded me why I love reading so much, why I remember it being the first thing I ever enjoyed doing. So here are my favorite reads of 2020.
Go Deep was the first book I’ve read by Rilzy Adams and it absolutely blew me away. At just 131 pages, this book was the perfect friends-to-lovers romance. The writing was captivating. I cared for the characters and rooted for them from beginning to end. Xander and Navaya’s chemistry was amazing and tangible. The steam factor was through the roof! Rilzy Adams has definitely solidified herself as one of my favorite authors. This just means that I have to read all her books in 2021.
“She finally released the reins on control. She refused to feel self conscious about the bit of fat forming a small pouch on her lower belly, or the love handles that Xander seemed to enjoy grabbing on to. She cast aside any thoughts about whether the slow, lazy rhythm she’d settled into was doing it for Xander. It was doing it for her!”
Casey McQuiston was another author that I found this year, and I’m happy I did. Red, White and Royal Blue gave me all the feels and then some. It was written so well! I laughed, cried, and swooned throughout reading this. This book is all about love and choosing the one who is right for you, no matter the opinion of others. Alex and Prince Henry are my OTP for life.
“Thinking about history makes me wonder how I’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like that. History, huh? Bet we could make some.”
“That’s the choice. I love him, with all that, because of all that. On purpose. I love him on purpose.”
“Should I tell you that when we’re apart, your body comes back to me in dreams? That when I sleep, I see you, the dip of your waist, the freckle above your hip, and when I wake up in the morning, it feels like I’ve just been with you, the phantom touch of your hand on the back of my neck fresh and not imagined? That I can feel your skin against mine, and it makes every bone in my body ache? That, for a few moments, I can hold my breath and be back there with you, in a dream, in a thousand rooms, nowhere at all?“
REPRESENTATION MATTERS. This book has a special place in my heart. Never have I connected with a character as much as I did with Alaine. I loved reading about a girl who was almost exactly like me: Haitian-Americain with natural hair and a sarcastic sense of humor (at times). Dear Haiti, Love Alaine brought my Haitian culture to life and I thank Maika and Maritza Moulite for that.
“Remember: the people who look up to you see the best version of themselves in you.”
“It’s such a strange thing to be able to speak my mind without a second thought but to be simultaneously reluctant to express what’s in my heart.“
I didn’t read a lot of fantasy this year, but Jennifer L. Armentrout hit it on the nose with her two releases this year. This series is an amazing new adult fantasy genre that has vampires, werewolves and and an intricate world. Twilight who? And the steam? Yeah, JLA knows what she’s doing. I am craving the next installment, A Crown of Gilded Bones, like it’s no tomorrow. April 2021 can’t come fast enough!
“Let’s make a deal that we don’t borrow tomorrow’s problems today.”
“You don’t deserve everything that I’ve laid at your feet, and you sure as hell don’t deserve the fact that I’m still trying to hold onto you. That when it comes time for you to leave, I’m still going to want you. Even when you inevitably do leave, I’ll still want you.”
“Make me feel incompetent and kill more than me, Princess.”
And now, my favorite book of 2020. Kimba and Ezra are my OTP of the year. Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan single handedly reminded me of my love of romance. I forgot how a well-written love story could make me feel so much in a short amount of time. This book made me realize that second-chance romance is my favorite trope, with friends-to-lovers a close second. And this book has both tropes!! I might be biased because my own personal relationship falls under both tropes. But that’s besides the point. Queen Move was an incredible read point blank period. I am now Kennedy Ryan trash and will read ANYTHING she writes.
“You know what my daddy calls it when one person has a head start that the other person doesn’t even know about?” “What?” “America.”
“You save all your tears for the things that set you on fire inside.”
“Probably for the rest of my life, a part of me would always hurt wondering if I could have had you.”
“I don’t just want you when you’re strong. I want you when you’re vulnerable, when you’re lost, when you’re not sure. I see the armor you have to put on to make it in your world. I just want you to know here, with me, you can take the armor off.”
So there you have it, my favorite reads of 2020 despite a tumultuous year. These books were some of the bright spots in my year. I’m happy that 2021 is right around the corner. I’m excited to uncover more books, more authors, and more characters to fall in love with.