Happy New Year! I hope your holiday season was amazing and that the first few days of 2021 have been treating you well. I’ve been trying to struggle out of a lovely bout of burnout that hit me right before Christmas. I have all these posts I want to do to wrap up the end of the year and absolutely no energy to do them! It’s really quite frustrating 😅
I’m buckling down today, though, to bring you one of those many posts. In 2019, I did a Top Ten Tuesday all about my five star predictions for 2020. Now, I want to go back to see A) whether I actually read the books I put on my list and B) if I loved them as much as I thought I would!
Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
Did I read it?: Yes!
My rating: 5 stars
Starting off strong here! I did end up reading and loving this book so much. It was dark and weird and just my perfect kind of book. It also made me want to pick up more of Kate Racculia’s books! You can read my review here!
The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen
Did I read it?: Yes!
My rating: 5 stars
We’re two for two! Though this was a pretty easy prediction as I loved the first book in this series so much. I will say I was nervous about reading this one. I was going in with high expectations and that has the potential to not end well, lol. Thankfully, I needn’t have worried, because this sequel was incredible. You can read my review here!
It has been a minute, hasn’t it? I took a little bit of a Christmas week break. Nothing planned but I was working the holiday and it has been busy because people can’t be bothered to follow Covid protocols 🙃
(For context, I work in a lab that runs Covid tests. I feel like I eat, sleep, and breath Covid at this point.)
All that aside, I couldn’t close out the year without a few year-end posts, could I? 2020 has been… something else, but, mixed up with all the pandemic strangeness and the stress that was the 2020 elections in the United States, I read a lot of fantastic books! That made creating my top ten list a tiny bit difficult, as you can imagine. There are just so many books I loved this year! For the sake of this post (and my typing fingers), I had to make some tough cuts, but just know that this list is by all means not the limit of all the books I adored in 2020. These are just the shining stars that stand out for one reason or another!
Okay, okay… enough with the suspense. Time to show you my favorite books of the year!
#10. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
This is a recent favorite that I haven’t even had a chance to review. I read it as part of the Middle Grade Marvels group and absolutely adored it! It has a mix of humor and heart that I found incredibly endearing. The inclusion of legends that I grew up with, legends that featured people who look like me, made me love it even more! I think my favorite aspect, however, is Tristan Strong. He’s a young, Black boy who is depicted as just that. He has insecurities, he isn’t afraid to be open about being afraid, and we get to experience his joy right alongside his pain. He’s a fantastic character and the reason this book has ended up on my list!
#9. Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
The number nine spot goes to another recent read, though I read this one as part of a blog tour run by Dave @ The Write Reads! Dave is always sending incredible books our way, so I’m not surprised one of them ended up on my top ten list. Even though this won’t be published until 2021, I’m so happy I read it early enough to include it here! This book is absolutely magical. I felt transported to the world in which Amari is searching for her missing brother in a secret society that deals with the supernatural. I loved every bit of this book from beginning to end! And, yet again, we have a book with a young, Black protagonist that isn’t featuring The Struggle. Here’s a book that I would have loved to have a young kid, to see that Black people can have magical adventures, too. You can read my full review here.
#8. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Books were definitely my shining beacon during this pretty hellish year. One of my favorite moments was being introduced to the wonder that is Murderbot! I read this book during the Trope-ical Readathon for the A.I. prompt and had to resist the urge to complete the entire series! I would die for Murderbot and they would be thoroughly confused as to why, but I would still do it! I loved this novella with all my being and am looking forward to continuing the Murderbot Diaries in 2021. Though I did resist the urge to read them all, I couldn’t resist getting the entire series on my Kindle 😬