Top Ten Tuesday | Books that made me smile this year (a.k.a. the best books of 2020 so far)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week’s theme is ‘Books That Make Me Smile (Submitted by Julia @ pagesforthoughts)’, so today I thought I’d share the ten books I’ve loved the most so far this year!


The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow: I adored this debut novel, which made me so nostalgic for all the stories I loved growing up. It had a little bit of everything I love and Alix E. Harrow is on her way to becoming one of my favourite authors.

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A Chakraborty: S.A Chakraborty is also a favourite author in the making—which I think is made obvious by the fact that she appears twice on this list. Middle books in trilogies can often feel like pointless filler but I loved this sequel and I love the way Chakraborty writes about history and politics.

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang: This novel is proof that I need to read more Asian-inspired fantasy and that I need to read more self-published work. It’s phenomenal and a must-read for fantasy fans.

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray: I adore this series set in 1920s New York. Bray’s research is amazing and I don’t understand how this series doesn’t have more hype.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden: Arden’s writing is so beautiful and accomplished, so while the basics of this story—young girl in historical setting loves nature and fights the patriarchy—isn’t brand new, it was still such a pleasure to read.


The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo: I loved this novella for the way it explores the stories from history we choose to tell, and how we can miss exactly what happened in our history when we ignore the lower classes.

The Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde: I don’t read poetry very often but I know I loved this collection because of how many lines I underlined while reading. I can’t wait to read more of Lorde’s work.

For He Can Creep by Siobhan Carroll: This Hugo Award-nominated novelette is so fun! It reminded me how much I loved stories told from the POV of an animal when I was younger, so much so that I’d like to read more of them again as an adult.

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb: This is the novel that got me fully invested in Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series. I loved it.

The Empire of Gold by S.A Chakraborty: Chakraborty’s second appearance on this list because this was such a satisfying finale. I loved this series, and Ali is one of my favourite characters ever.

Which books did you talk about this week?

26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books that made me smile this year (a.k.a. the best books of 2020 so far)

  1. Marina_Books of Magic says:

    Wow you’ve read a lot of good books this year! I’m pretty slow so far, hopefully I’ll pick up soon. 🙂 I’ve wanted to start Bray’s series forever, I should get to it. 😀 Same thing with The Bear and the Nightingale :S The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Empress of Salt and Fortune and Robin Hobb’s books are something I’m seeing quite often on Instagram, can’t wait to read those! I wanted to read For He Can Creep last weekend but didn’t have time, glad someone else is reading Tor stories and novellas! 🙂 Great list!

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  2. Maggie says:

    I’m so looking forward to reading The Bear and the Nightingale; I’ve been intrigued by it for a while now. Libba Bray is an author I have yet to read, but I certainly want to to so soon. I think my first book by Bray will be either Beauty Queens or The Diviners…Happy reading and happy Tuesday!

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