My Favourite Books of 2020

Every January, I like to take a look back at the books I read for the first time in the previous year and pick my favourites. I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful books over the past 12 months, so picking a handful has been tough, but here they are:

My Favourite Books of 2020 (in no particular order) are:

The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish

Roan Parrish is one of my favourite authors of all time and this book is an excellent example of why. The slow-burn story of Alex and Corbin was truly magical (yeah, there were some lovely hints of everyday magic in this book). I loved watch Corbin come out of his shell. Definitely the kind of book I’ll re-read more than once.

Project Hero by Briar Prescott

This was my first Briar Prescott book and I loved every moment of it. Low angst and high on feels. As as reader, I adored Andy’s quirky nature and Law’s steady persistence. As a writer, I wanted to go back and pull apart the structure of the book because the storyline felt so on point.

The Mysterious and Amazing Blue Billings by Lily Morton

Lily Morton was another new-to-me author this year. I was drawn to Blue by the amazing front cover. The book was another slow-burn (apparently I was all about the slow-burn romances this year). Set in England, I enjoyed getting to know the city of York as much as I enjoyed the ghost story we were treated to throughout. I don’t generally read much horror, but this book had just the right amount of scare for me.

Rock by Anyta Sunday

Slow-burns don’t come any slower than this. Cooper and Jace first meet as kids when their parents get married and they find themselves in a blended family. Enemies become friends and as the years pass it all becomes something more. This book was incredibly well done and while I’m not big on step-brother romances in general, I enjoyed this one from beginning to end. This book does contain taboo elements so take note before diving in to this one.

Liam Davis and the Raven by Anyta Sunday

Soooooo good. After reading Rock, I knew I had to have more Anyta Sunday in my life. Liam Davis and the Raven was brilliant. A little bit of mystery and a slightly obsessive hero who has no clue that his new roommate has a crush on him. All good fun.

Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins

Forced proximity is one of my favourite tropes and there’s nothing quite like college housing to force togetherness between reluctant parties. This one will give you a serious book hangover and a desperate desire to give Reese a big hug (but not too tight).

The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

Cat Sebastian can do no wrong. Seriously, I’ve read most of her books now and I’ve loved every one. I’m a big fan of grumpy heroes and Lawrence Browne delivered his grumpiness with a side order of ‘madness’. Conman, Georgie Turner, was his perfect counterpart. Watching Georgie fall in love with his ‘mark’ was delightful.

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

It’s the book everyone has read. Right? There’s a reason for that. How can anyone resist watching the First Son of the USA falling head over heels in love with a Prince of England. Alex and Henry were perfect for each other in every way. And then there’s that one line that has shown up on everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs. “History, huh? Bet we could make some.”

That’s it for my favourite books of 2020. I hope you enjoyed the list and that you’ve found something new-to-you to read in 2021.

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