Top Reads of the Year: Sprout’s Ten Favourite Reads of 2020 (plus a few sequels)

It’s been a year of years, friends.

Whatever 2020 looked like for you, and wherever you find yourself at the wee dawn of this new year, I hope you’ve found some warmth and comfort in the little places in your life. It’s been a terrible few months all around, so I hope (and Sprout hopes!) that you’ve been treating yourself gently too.

Amidst a lot of personal turbulence in the past year (between online college and some bad mental health days), fiction was a constant that I returned to over and over again whenever I needed grounding—the stories I experienced were both escape portals and anchors in my day-to-day life. It is perhaps no surprise that I ended up reading double the amount of books I set out to read in my 2020 Goodreads goal; the achievement feels a little bittersweet, but it’s a victory nonetheless! It brings me a lot of joy today to be rounding up all of my favorite books that I read this strange, strange year, and I hope they bring you some solace too.

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Top Reads of the Year: CW’s Top Ten Reads of 2020

What a year 2020 has been. I’m actively resisting the urge to talk and reflect on 2020 as a year, because I am sure that there will be an overabundance of thinkpieces. But all I’ll say that – it’s been a tough year, friends, and I’m so proud and glad that we all made it through together.

With books though, I think this has been one of my favourite reading years. 2017 was my last favourite reading year – that was the year where I made the conscious decision to diversify my reading choices, and I discovered so many wonderful stories. Though the years after were also good, I think 2020 was the year where I just read a series of phenomenal books that now live in a tender place in my heart and memory.

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Sprout’s Most Anticipated Reads of 2020

The Pond's Most Anticipated Books. Sprout's Most Anticipated Reads of 2020. An image of Xiaolong the axolotl, Cuddle the otter, and Sprout the sparrow, reading together under a book fort.

Hello, lovely friends! I hope the year has been kind to you so far, that it has brought you new beginnings and warmth and excitement. Welcome to our little blanket fort of books to come!

Today, Sprout and I are delighted to talk to you about our five most anticipated reads for the year! It was really, really hard whittling this list down to just five books (how blessed we are this year to bear witness to so many incredible diverse releases, honestly!), but we tried our best! Most of this list is diverse fantasy, because we wouldn’t be us anymore if we weren’t forever-smitten with magic, but we also tried to pick different types of fantasy to diversify the selection pool a little. Here you’ll find golden blood and poisonous curses, haunted manors and bright-eyed witches.

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