Top 10 Books of 2020

What were your favourite books of 2020? Here are my top 10 of the year.

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

If you want a book that’s like a cosy jumper on a winter’s day then please read this. It’s devastatingly powerful and heartwarming.

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

The lyrical prose in this novel is exquisite and evoked the natural wildlife perfectly. Kya was an unforgettable main character and one that will stay with me long after reading.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse – Charlie Mackesy

Enchantingly simple yet potent. A must-read book to soothe your soul.

The Devil and the Dark Water – Stuart Turton

This is an atmospheric mystery set aboard a merchant ship travelling to Amsterdam, with a well-paced plot steeped in superstition and fear.

The Beautiful Ones – Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A tale of entangled loves, bitterness, magic, and hope, reminiscent of Austen’s exploration of manners.

The Once and Future Witches – Alix E. Harrow

This is a spellbinding story of sisterhood, power, and taking back what women deserve. 

If We Were Villains – M.L. Rio

As a huge Shakespeare fan, this worked for me on so many levels. I can’t wait to reread it and really explore every perfectly-constructed sentence.

Hollowpox – Jessica Townsend

This is the third book in my favourite middle-grade series and it successfully expanded the absolute wonder and magic of the previous two instalments.

The Empire of Gold – S.A. Chakraborty

If you love richly descriptive world-building and beautiful prose then this fantasy trilogy is definitely one to add to your TBR pile.

Heart of Flames – Nicki Pau Preto

This series has some of the best world-building I’ve ever read and I loved how the character arcs have developed.

Have you read any of these books and what did you think of them? Any you’ll be adding to your TBR pile?


  1. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    11 January 2021 at 7:21 PM

    I love your photos! Crawdads make my “Best” list too.
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    1. scorpiobookdreams

      17 January 2021 at 1:57 PM

      It was such a beautiful story, wasn’t it?!

  2. Tiffany Engler

    12 January 2021 at 12:57 PM

    I really need to pick up The House In The Cerulean Sea!!!
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    1. scorpiobookdreams

      17 January 2021 at 1:57 PM

      I hope you get the chance soon!

  3. Paige Schildkamp

    13 January 2021 at 5:48 PM

    Cerulean Sea is on my TBR – waiting on it at the library right now!

  4. Stephen Writes

    16 January 2021 at 10:13 PM

    Brilliant list, Rachael! Where The Crawdads Sing and The Once And Future Witches were definitely two of my favourites as well. Also excited to read The House on the Cerulean Sea.

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