Amanda’s Favorite Middle Grade Books of 2020

Hi, lovelies! As I said in my top ten favorite books of 2020 post (find that here), I’m going to have a few lists other than that one. Today’s list is my favorite middle-grade books that I read last year. These are not all only 2020 releases, just books I read in 2020. I cannot stop thinking about these books or they really touched me on an emotional level, which is why they’ve made this list. I do also want to mention that there may be repeats on this list from my first favorites post, but it’s just because I really loved them.

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia

Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega

Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

The Deceivers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Looking at this list, I realize I’ve mostly just read all of the books from the Rick Riordan Presents publishing imprint. I do not have a problem with that at all because they’re amazing books and I would shout about them from the rooftops if I could. So, go to your local library, borrow them from a friend, buy the ebooks, however you like to get books, get these and read them.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s 10 Favorite Books of 2020

Hello, lovelies! Today, as you can see from the title of this post, I am here to share with you all 10 of my favorite books that I read in 2020. I will be doing my favorites a bit differently than I did last year. Last year, I made a few lists of my favorite books organized by genre. This year, I’m going to make a few lists but they will be my favorites organized by age range. So, today’s post will be my top twenty favorite (but not in any specific order because I’m a creature filled with indecision), and then over the next few weeks I’ll have more posts with my favorite books for each age range (middle-grade, young adult, and adult) and maybe some based on format (like audiobooks and graphic novels). Let’s get into today’s post! I’ll be linking my reviews, if I have one, so feel free to click through and see my full (spoiler free!) review of my favorite books.

The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

The How & the Why by Cynthia Hand

These are my top ten favorite books of 2020. Now, these are not all 2020 releases, but I read them all in 2020. These are some of the books that I just can’t stop thinking about even though I read them forever ago. Also, these are by no means my only favorite books I read last year, which is why I have more lists coming for each age range that I read. What books were your favorites of 2020?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2020

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is a list of my favorite books I read in 2020.

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Hideaway by Nora Roberts

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn

Well Met by Jen Deluca

The Other Miss Bridgeston by Julia Quinn

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

The House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas.

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

What books were your favorite this year?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – 2020 Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Favorite Books of 2020. This list is hard and I will be making new and more detailed lists next month. To make it easier, this list will only be 2020 releases.

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The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Rules for Being a Girl by Katie Cotugno & Candace Bushnell

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Lobizona by Romina Garber

This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada

The Life Below by Alexandra Monir

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud

These are some of my favorite books that were published this year. Quite a few are sequels, so definitely go read the first ones if you haven’t. What books made your list?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s 2019 Romance Favorites

Back again this week for some more favorites! This week the topic is romance. I read quite a few toward the end of the year and I’m excited to share them all with you.

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

This is my favorite Jenn Bennett novel so far. I love the characters and the setting. She’s a wonderful author and if you haven’t read any of her books you should pick up literally any of them.

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

This will make many lists I’m sure. But I loved this one. I loved the politics and the dynamics between the characters.

Under Currents by Nora Roberts

I love everything she writes. This was her 2019 release and I loved it.

Call it What you Want by Brigid Kemmerer

I loved this Robin Hood sort of retelling. I loved the characters and the development of their relationship together.

100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

I got an ARC of this book and I’m so glad I did. It was sweet and interesting and I really loved the writing.

This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter

A story about a girl who carries her heart, literally, in a backpack. I thought the combination of mystery and romance was very well done.

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

I read this author for the first time this year and I loved it. I loved the drama and the meet cute and the relationships. I will definitely be reading more from her.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

I loved this diverse romance. I think it was a beautiful story and I can’t wait to read the 2020 release from this series.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Renisance romance?  Yes, please. That’s all I needed to know going into this and I absolutely loved it, just like I knew I would.

Field Notes on  Love by Jennifer E. Smith

This was so sweet and wholesome. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by this author and this one was no different.