Favorite Books of 2020 🌿

 🌿 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a wonderful day full of good readings.❤️ Here I am again, my loves, I’ve been super absent in the last week because I’ve got a new job that requires 100% of my time and honestly I haven’t been able to find a moment to dedicate to the blog, or even to read, because when I get home at night I just want to sleep, you know? Anyway, I’m grateful to get back to work and I hope everything goes well with that for me *fingers crossed* 🥺 but I still wanted to come back today to share a new post with you, this time it’s MY FAVORITE POST OF THE YEAR! And it’s because I share my favorite books I’ve read over the past year and we can chat a bit about them. I don’t know how many posts I’ll be capable of uploading from now on, but I promise to do my best to at least bring you one quality post per week, but I’ll see that over time. I want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH at the bottom of my heart for the support and love that I still receive from you, even when I’m not being active within the community as I used to be, that means a lot to me, I promise that every time I have free time I’ll use it to check other blogs and support you as I’ve always tried to because even though my life is a bit crazy now my feelings haven’t changed, I love this community and I love blogging as much as reading, so I’ll continue to do so. 😍 😍 😍 

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So today’s post, as I already mentioned, is the post where I share with you my top with my favorite books of the year, but unlike most of my tops this time the order is important because I’ll be ordering them from my least favorite to my most favorite book of the year, with this I hope to make the post more fun and it’s also like a little challenge for me that I find fun. 👏🏻 Even so, and with that said, it doesn’t mean that I don’t love each of these books so much, from the lowest position to the highest is being part of my list of faves, so obviously I’ve loved all of them. I hope you can add many books from this list to your own TBR and read them to love them as much as I have, I’m so excited to share this list with you! 😊 

I hope that each of you had a beautiful Christmas and have an even better New Year, surrounded by your loved ones and if you can’t, cause “pandemic” then I send you all my pure love just for you, I’m sure 2021 will be full of blessings for all of us.  🥰 Now, without further ado, I’m SO excited to be writing this post and sharing all these wonderful books with you, so let’s get started!! Get comfortable and find yourself something tasty to drink, this will be good! 🌿 

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Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?

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Be careful of the dark, dark wood…

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep comes a haunting romance perfect for fans of Practical Magic,where dark fairy tales and enchanted folklore collide after a boy, believed to be missing, emerges from the magical woods—and falls in love with the witch determined to unravel his secrets.

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In the faux-documentary style of The Blair Witch Project comes the campfire story of a missing girl, a vengeful ghost, and the girl who is determined to find her sister–at all costs.

Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?

It’s been exactly one year since Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn’t know whether her former friends no longer like her…or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together. When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to “play the game” and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca–before she’s lost forever. And even though she’s hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends–and their cameras–following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side.

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All her life, Spensa’s dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing. The rumors of his cowardice are true—he deserted his flight during battle against the Krell. Worse, though, he turned against his team and attacked them.

Spensa is sure that there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars—and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.

But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself—and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to. 

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An #ownvoices contemporary YA set in Argentina, about a rising soccer star who must put everything on the line—even her blooming love story—to follow her dreams.

In Rosario, Argentina, Camila Hassan lives a double life.

At home, she is a careful daughter, living within her mother’s narrow expectations, in her rising-soccer-star brother’s shadow, and under the abusive rule of her short-tempered father.

On the field, she is La Furia, a powerhouse of skill and talent. When her team qualifies for the South American tournament, Camila gets the chance to see just how far those talents can take her. In her wildest dreams, she’d get an athletic scholarship to a North American university.

But the path ahead isn’t easy. Her parents don’t know about her passion. They wouldn’t allow a girl to play fútbol—and she needs their permission to go any farther. And the boy she once loved is back in town. Since he left, Diego has become an international star, playing in Italy for the renowned team Juventus. Camila doesn’t have time to be distracted by her feelings for him. Things aren’t the same as when he left: she has her own passions and ambitions now, and La Furia cannot be denied. As her life becomes more complicated, Camila is forced to face her secrets and make her way in a world with no place for the dreams and ambition of a girl like her.  

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In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price.When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice.

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Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Papi’s death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

In a dual narrative novel in verse that brims with both grief and love, award-winning and bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

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From the award-winning author Mark Oshiro comes a powerful fantasy novel about finding home and falling in love amidst the dangers of a desert where stories come to life.

Xochital is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village’s stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enimagic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes.

Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.

One night, Xo’s wish is granted—in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town’s murderous mayor. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match… if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.

Fresh off of Anger Is a Gift’s smashing success, Oshiro branches out into a fantastical direction with their new YA novel, The Stars Around Us.

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Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic . . . everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor. Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes there is pain flowing through everyone around her, and a black veil of depression threatens to undo everything she’s worked for.

Heavily autobiographical and infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism—all through the arc of a transcendent coming-of-age.

A powerful memoir for fans of Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson and American Street by Ibi Zoboi.
 

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Wilder Girls comes a new twisty thriller about a girl whose past has always been a mystery—until she decides to return to her mother’s hometown . . . where history has a tendency to repeat itself.

Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.

But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.

Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?

The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.

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I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed doing the post, mi amor!! I LOVE being able to chat a bit, this time, about the books I’ve loved so much this year ❤️ 

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 🌿 Now, let’s chat! What are your favorite books of 2020? & Have you read some books of my list? What do you think about them? I would love to know EVERYTHING, you know that talking to you is one of my favorite things, so THANK YOU SO MUCH for being there, you’re gold! 🌿 

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  1. Great list Sofii! ❤️😊 I finished Thunderhead last week and OMG that ending!!! Woof, I am so ready to get into the third book! I received the Bone Witch for Christmas so I’m really excited to get to that trilogy! I love Rin Chupeco’s writing! 😄
    I wanted to love Each of Us a Desert, but there was something about it that I found slow moving and I had a hard time connecting to the main character. I really loved the whole concept of the story but it wasn’t my favourite and it made me sad. I can’t wait to read what Mark Oshiro writes next though! Here’s to amazing reads in 2021! 💞

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    • Thank you, love!! Seeing your comments always improves my day, thanks for the support during such a crazy year, I hope you start 2021 in the best way! ❤️✨🎉☀️
      I’m SO glad you enjoyed Thunderhead, it’s amazing, I’m currently reading the third book and so far I love it, I don’t have much time to do anything for my new job, but I try to read at least a little bit every day 😊 & The Bone Witch is SO AMAZING, I hope you love it. 🥰
      I understand what you mean by Each of us a Desert, I think the experience will be different for each reader and that’s understandable, it’s a character-focused book, so if you don’t resonate with them it’s hard to feel engaged. I wish you the best always, darling!! 🥺🥺🥺

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      • Aw, Sofii! You are so sweet! 💞 2021 has been off to a good start, so I hope to keep it that way! I hope your 2021 has been good so far too! I hope everything is going well with your new job! 😃

        I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying The Toll, there’s a wait for it at the library. I was hoping I’d get to it in January, but it may turn out to be February!
        AHH! The fact that you’re excited about the Bone Witch makes me excited to start it!
        That’s exactly it! I still look forward to whatever Mark writes next! ☺️

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    • Ooh I still need to read Burn Our Bodies Down but it’s seriously good to know that it was your favourite book of 2020 and I did enjoy the authors debut. I’m intrigued by Each Of Us A Desert too!! It is on my TBR but I’d completely forgotten what it was about. Tbh I want to read most of these and I’ll end up kicking myself if I fail to get the Scythe & Bone Witch books read this year.

      Some of my favourite books of 2020 were both of Alix E Harrows novels, Mexican Gothic, Circe, What Kind Of Girl & Kingdom Of Souls.

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  2. Its kinda funny to me that I havent read a single book on your list, but several of them are on my TBR. So hopefully I have some great books ahead of me! 🤞

    I really want to read The Bone Witch, Burn Our Bodies Down, Rules for Vanishing, Winterwood and the whole Scythe series.

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  3. Lovely list Sofii, I am in awe of how you managed to rank your reads… I am ashamed to say that I haven’t read any of them but my tbr now is happy to grow by 10! I’m especially glad to see Starsight on this list, having heard so much about Brandon Sanderson and his numerous books, I have no idea which one to start with but now I’m setting my eyes of Starsight… ooh the Scythe series has been on my tbr for a long long time and I’m truly glad to see that you loved the ending! Thanks for sharing Sophie and all the best for your new job! 💕

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  4. Congratulations on your new job 😊 and don’t worry about writing posts at the moment, take the time you need to adjust and have fun at your new job ❤️
    There are some awesome books on this that I’ve been meaning to read, I’m gonna be reading The Bone Witch in January and I’m really excited about it

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    • Aw, I really don’t deserve you, thank you SO much for your support and sweet words always, it means a lot to me. 🥺✨✨ I wish you only blessings for this 2021, honey! ❤️🎉
      SO EXCITED that you’re going to read The Bone Witch!! I love that book SO much, so I hope you enjoy it too 🥰

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  5. there are so many great books on this list!! i’ve only read clap when you land, but i loved it so much 🥺 and i’ve been meaning to read the bone witch for so long! i’ve heard lots of mixed things about it, but it seems like a lot more people are enjoying it lately and i hope i can join them aha. wonderful post, and congrats on your new job! ❤

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    • I’m SO glad you like the list, beautiful!! ❤️ Clap When You Land is definitely wonderful, it made me feel so many emotions 😭✨ & I hope you love The Bone Witch, I adore the main character because shep’s morally-gray and I’m trash for tha 😅t, so I hope you can enjoy it too, I would love to hear your thoughts. 🥰
      Thank you SO much!!!!! I’m super busy, but I know it’s for the best and I’m happy to start the year this way, I just need to make time for my blog and share my readings as usual 😊
      All blessings for this new year 🎉🎉🎉

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  6. loved the list, sofii!! I’ve been meaning to get to Clap When You Land and Winterwood, and them being on this list honestly made me more eager! Hope you have a great year 💖🤗

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    • I adore With The Fire On High as well!! 😍✨ But Clap When You Land is another level of incredible, I know you will love it. ❤️ Thanks to you, lovely, for stopping by and commenting, I appreciate it a lot & I hope you have a 2021 full of blessings 🎉🎉

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  7. I’m pretty sure I just added every single one of these to my tbr for 2021! XD I think I’m most excited for Rules for Vanishing, as I’ve seen this one recced a few times in end-of-year posts. Thanks for sharing such a great list. And I hope things go well with the new job.

    XxCarmen-Shea

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    • Awww, lovely!! that’s wonderful, it makes me SO happy that all these amazing stories are in your TBR, Rules for Vanishing is just SO well done, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it & thank you very much!!! I hope your 2021 is full of blessings ❤️✨✨✨🎉

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    • Thunderhead is so good, right?? that ending is just WOW!! 😍✨ I’m currently reading The Toll and so far I really like *fingers crossed* I think you’ll love the Skyward sequel it’s so GOOD!! 👏🏻✨ & Winterwood is super atmospheric if you get a chance to read it during the winter is even much better. 🥺🥺
      I hope you have a wonderful year full of blessings, love ❤️🎉🎉

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  8. Again, congratulations on getting the job. I know how difficult/exhausting it is to manage the work/life/blog balance so take all the time you need to adjust and remember to take a break. 😀
    I’m ashamed to admit I’ve not read any of these novels, but I’ve seen Thunderhead make it onto several lists today so I am curious about the series.

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    • Lois, you’re an angel, I feel SO grateful for your words, without a doubt it’s super important to take care of myself right now, I know that with time I’ll get used to my new schedules. 😊✨
      I couldn’t recommend the Scythe trilogy highly enough!! It’s one of the best dystopian books I’ve read, so if you ever read it let me know! 😍 & I hope you have a wonderful 2021, full of blessings for you and your loved ones ❤️❤️❤️

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  9. All of these books look so good!! I just read the entire Scythe trilogy and those books are all really amazing. And I will never stop screaming about how amazing Furia is. It’s such a wonderful book.
    I just got a copy of Clap When you Land, and I’m really excited to read it. It looks incredible. This is a great list Sofi!

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    • I’m reading the last book in the Scythe trilogy and I’m so excited!!! I’m loving it so far 😍✨✨ & Without a doubt, Furia is a wonderful book, it deserves all the love it has received. ❤️
      OMG, I know you’ll love Clap When You Land!!! I’m dying to know what you think of it. 👏🏻
      Have a wonderful 2021, I hope it’s full of blessings for you and your family 🎉🎉

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      • The Toll is such an amazing book! (It’s also kind of terrifying but you know, it’s enjoyable despite that 😂)
        I am sooooo excited for Clap When You Land!!! It just looks like an absolutely incredible book.
        I hope you also have a wonderful 2021 🥰

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  11. ahh, sofi don’t worry about not being able to be as present! i also kind of disappeared from the blogosphere this year and everybody has been so understanding 🥺 wishing you all the best and that you don’t stress yourself out too much! sadly, i haven’t read most of the books on your list, but i am so excited to read Black Girl Unlimited—i’ve heard such good things & i really think it’ll hit my feelings hard!

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    • Aww, Caitlin!! you’re really an angel, thank you SO much for your words, your support means a lot! 🥺🥺✨❤️ And everyone has been super understanding with the situation and the support I’ve received is just wonderful, I feel blessed 😭 & I can swear you’ll love Black Girl Unlimited, is such a shocking, emotional and magical book, I couldn’t recommend it highly enough, and I really think that deserves more love. 😍👏🏻✨ Happy 2021, beautiful!! many blessings for you and your family ❤️❤️🎉🎉

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    • I’m glad you liked it, love!!! Oh, don’t worry about it, SO MANY books so little time right? I feel that! 😅 & HAPPY NEW YEAR, beautiful, I hope it’s a year full of blessings, opportunities and health for you and your loved ones ❤️✨🎉🎉🎉

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