Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point, ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here. 

The end of the year is always the time to review our reading achievements, and before I go into some year-end statistics I’d like to showcase the 10 books that I most enjoyed, although this list proved something of a difficult choice, since the books that earned a well-deserved 5-star rating were much more than that.  So I decided to line up the ones from my two ever-favorite genres that truly shined, and here we go:


This year, Joe Abercrombie earned the lion’s share of the 5-star ratings for Fantasy, which does not mean that the two other competitors – John Gwynne and RJ Barker – did not amaze me with their books: it’s just that I went on something of an “Abercrombie Rampage”, that’s all 😉


Here I can show more variety, author-wise, and this year saw the return of a couple of series I enjoyed and the appearance of an unexpected “outsider” in the form of a TV tie-in book that, surprising for its kind, turned out to be an amazing, quite enthralling read.

And now it’s your turn: which were your favorite books this year? Inquiring minds want to know… 😉

36 thoughts on “MY TOP TEN FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2020

  1. Its hard to pick ten, and I didn’t even try, lol. I’m happy to see we agree on The Book of Koli and Call of the Bone Ships. Many others on your list are on my someday TBR😁

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  2. It didn’t make my favorites list, but I also really enjoyed The Book of Koli. And I received Network Effect for Christmas, so can’t wait to read that one early in 2021. One of my favorite reads this year was The Ten Thousand Doors of January. That one really surprised me in a positive way.

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    1. I guess that depends of Abercrombie’s outlook on the human condition: no matter how people try to better themselves, they tend to revert to their less savory behavior – it’s something that’s becoming quite clear in Best Served Cold which I’m re-reading these days…

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      1. That’s a good point but I’m still not over my disappointment of how Logen turned out (or reverted to) in the Last Argument of Kings. However, I have to say that Abercrombie is a very talented writer, he always manages to make me care about the worst possible characters… 😂

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  3. Quite a lot of First Law books this year, eh? Wonder what next year could bring;)

    Also, where’d you get Dogs of War? I’ve heard it’s good, but can’t seem to locate a copy under $20…

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      1. Yes, neither of these are things that can be said of the US store. I’ve been looking for a copy of Dogs of War (and Cage of Souls) for a while, but you just can’t get them here in anything but physical format, and anything approaching a decent price.

        Are you Italian then?

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          1. Huh. Never would’ve guessed that from your owlvatar 😉

            As for—an excellent suggestion but a no-go, sadly 😞 I guess I’ll just have to survive until I can find their physical copies around, or bite the bullet and get them from ye olde book depository.

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  4. Fantastic list. I’ve read four of these and would love to pick up the Martha Wells books this year. I absolutely loved RJ Barker’s second instalment and can’t wait for more.
    Lynn 😀

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  5. Abercrombie!! 😍 I have yet to write a post about my favorites of 2020,and choosing is so so hard, but this was a good year, and I discovered some pretty amazing new authors! (and added a ton more to my TBR, but this is another story!)

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