Best Books of 2020 (Based on My Bookstagram Community)

We’re almost at the end of 2020! Can you believe that?! I certainly can’t. But there’s no going back now, and although we’ve had a roller coaster of a year, we’ve also been blessed with amazing books.

Now I know there are a lot of “Best Books of 2020” lists right now, and I wanted to do one of my own. But this time, I’m not just featuring my best books of the year. I invited my friends and followers over at bookstagram to come tell me their best books of 2020!

I wanted to know the books that truly left a mark for people this year and I wanted to feature them. Whether it be fantasy, contemporary, science fiction, or more. Anything!

So here you go: the best books of 2020 based on my bookstagram community!

Each of Us A Desert

#15 Each of Us a Desert

“From the award-winning author Mark Oshiro comes a powerful fantasy novel about finding home and falling in love amidst the dangers of a desert where stories come to life.”

All Boys Aren't Blue

#14 All Boys Aren’t Blue

“In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia.”

Clap When You Land

#13 Clap When You Land

“In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.”

Written in the Stars

#12 Written in the Stars

“With nods to Bridget Jones and Pride and Prejudice, a charming #ownvoices queer rom-com debut about a free-spirited social media astrologer who agrees to fake a relationship with an uptight actuary until New Year’s Eve—with results not even the stars could predict!”

The Burning God

#11 The Burning God

“The exciting end to The Poppy War trilogy, R. F. Kuang’s acclaimed, award-winning epic fantasy that combines the history of twentieth-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating, enthralling effect.”


#10 Raybearer

“Nothing is more important than loyalty.

But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?”

Cinderella is Dead

#9 Cinderella is Dead

“This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.”

Aurora Burning

#8 Aurora Burning

“Our heroes are back… kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.”

Black Sun

#7 Black Sun

“From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.”

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

#6 The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

“A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.”

Felix Ever After

#5 Felix Ever After

“From Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.”

The Extraordinaries

#4 The Extraordinaries

“Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune’s YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.”

You Should See Me in a Crown

#3 You Should See Me in a Crown

“But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen . . . The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack…Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?”

Cemetery Boys

#2 Cemetery Boys

“A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas’s paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys, described by Entertainment Weekly as “groundbreaking.””

The House in the Cerulean Sea

#1 The House in the Cerulean Sea

“A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret…

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.”

And there you have it! I had so much fun knowing the best books people over at bookstagram have read. I hope I get to read these wide variety of titles soon! Also, it’s no surprise at all for me that The House in the Cerulean Sea received the most votes! This book was amazing!

I’m also including these books as honorable mentions:

  • Miss Meteor 
  • Crownchasers
  • Grown
  • The First Sister
  • Cute Mutants
  • Wicked As You Wish
  • Get a Life Chloe Brown
  • Mexican Gothic
  • Loveless
  • Plain bad heroines 
  • Slay
  • The Henna Wars
  • Only Mostly Devastated
  • Furia
  • We Are Not Free

How about you book nerds? What was the best book (or books!) of 2020 for you? Come tell me!

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