Best of 2020: The Complete List

Happy New Year! 2020 is finally behind us, and I don’t think there will be many people complaining about that. However, GoodReads tells me that I read 368 books in 2020, so while it was a terrible year overall, it was actually an excellent year for reading romance! There were many, many amazing books released throughout the year, and several that will stay with me long after the year has ended.

2020 was also the year that I really took my reviewing to the next level by adding blogging into the mix. I’ve been reading romance for years, but the addition of blogging has allowed me to read so many amazing books that I never would’ve sought out otherwise. ARC readers can sometimes get a bad rep, but I think anyone who reads my reviews on a regular basis knows that I am nothing if not honest. I blog because I like trying out new-to-me authors whose books I never would’ve stumbled across on my own, and I love sharing those reading experiences with others. I also love reading ARCs because that means I can’t look up spoilers, because… I’m one of those people who is horrible about spoiling books for themselves, lol. Can’t do that if no one else has read the book yet! I’m considered to be one of the top reviewers on Amazon, so I generally have access to high quality ARCs, and for that I am forever grateful.

I’ve spent the last month talking about the best of 2020 romance, so this post is really just links to everything in one place. I’ve got my Top 20 of 2020, my favorite covers, top picks by trope, and my list of the good, bad, and ugly. There’s also a link to my January Release Calendar. My newest deals and steals list – with fresh deals for the new year – is also available to view here.

I wish everyone the best for 2021! My hope is that there will be more amazing reads AND more amazing life experiences to be had in the coming year.

You can find links to ALL of my 2020 reviews here

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Top Picks by Trope

Who doesn’t love a good trope? Everybody’s got a favorite, from tense enemies to lovers reads to playful fake relationship romances. I’ve always got certain expectations when I start reading a story that plays up a trope, and the books on this list all exceeded those expectations. 

I’ve selected the book that I think best represented each trope in 2020 – at least out of the 350+ romances I’ve read this year! I’ve got a note about each book below, as well as the blurb and links to Amazon for easy addition to your collection. They’re each 5-star reads that fulfilled my trope-tastic cravings.

Check out the complete list here.

My Favorite Covers

We all judge books by their covers, don’t deny it. I will wholeheartedly and enthusiastically admit that I’ve added countless books to my TBR based almost entirely on their cover. Sometimes that works out in my favor… and sometimes it doesn’t, lol. But I love me a good cover.

The 20 books on this list feature the covers that stopped me in my tracks. They’re all gorgeous in one way or another, and 100% memorable. Whether there’s a shirtless dude or an adorable illustration, these covers make an impact.

Check out the complete list here.

The Good, Bad & Ugly: The 2020 Releases I Can’t Stop Thinking About

I don’t want you to think this is a recommendation list – it isn’t. This is a list of books that I could think about for hours and still not be satisfied. We’ve all got them: books that made an impact on us, in one way or another. Whether it’s a great hero, crackling chemistry, or a devastatingly terrible ending, there are elements to certain books that make you emotional just thinking about them. There are a couple of books on this list that I’m still angry about months later, and there are others that I can’t wait to re-read with fresh eyes. Whatever the scenario, these books have all made a lasting impression on me.

I absolutely loved some of these. I hated others. And there are some where I loved them until something changed that. While I don’t offer up explicit spoilers in my commentary, I do talk about the things that caused each book to make this list. So fair warning.

I’ll leave you with this: the worst thing I can say about a book is that it’s boring. Why would I want to waste my time reading something that I’ll forget about the next day? I’d much rather read something that angers me, that incites emotion – even if it’s not in a positive way. And that’s exactly what each of these books accomplishes. I loved some of them, others ticked me off. But they’re all unforgettable.

Check out the complete list here.

Mark Your Calendar: January Releases

There are SO MANY new romance novels coming your way in the month of January!!! It can be incredibly difficult to keep track of all of the new releases each month, so I’ve put together a calendar to help you manage your TBR. The following books are the ones that are on my radar – I’ll be reviewing MANY of these throughout the month, so keep an eye out for new reviews! If I know for sure that I’ll be reviewing a book, then I’ve indicated that as well.

Check out the calendar here.

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