Swords & Spectres ‘Best Books of 2020’ Awards

Considering I read bang on one-hundred books this year (the first, and no doubt only time this has and will ever happen) I thought it might be fun to highlight the best reads I’ve come across this year.

Please note that these are books I read this year. It is not necessarily books that were published this year. There is, however, a category for books published in 2020. Also, some books appear more than once … turns out some were just that good.

In each category I tried to list five books (one winner and four runners up) but, in the event of there not being books that I considered good enough to be in the conversation for my ‘Best of 2020’ there may be fewer in the category. Please note that runners up are listed in no particular order. Also the ‘Other’ category encompasses Non-Fiction and books that are a blend of multiple genres and thus cannot be clearly defined along with smaller sub-genres.

My poor notification section will hate me for this, but each book title will link you to the review of said book. Unless they appear more than once, in which case only the first instance will be linked.

PS

Last time I grouped pics together the post didn’t display correctly on some mobile devices. Apologies if you are viewing on a mobile device and this post is rendered unreadable … I’m just hoping WordPress has fixed that bug by now, though. They tend to fix what isn’t broke, though … so who knows?

Best Fantasy

Winner:

Call of the Bone Ships

Call of the Bone Ships by R. J. Barker

Runners Up:

Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith

Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler

Orconomics by J. Zachary Pike

A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie

Best Science Fiction

Winner:

Sleeping Giants

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel 

Runners Up:

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Dispel Illusion by Mark Lawrence

Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey

Lightning by Dean Koontz

Best Horror

Winner:

The Hollow Places

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

Runners Up:

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher

Madman Across The Water by Caroline Angel

Insomnia by Stephen King

Belle Vue by C. S. Alleyne

Best Historical Fiction

Winner:

Camelot

Camelot by Giles Kristian

Runners Up:

War At The Edge Of The World by Ian Ross

The Mating Season by P. G. Wodehouse

Master & Commander by Patrick O’Brian

Best Thriller

Winner:

deity

Deity by Matt Wesolowski

Runners Up:

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

Changeling by Matt Wesolowski

The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor

The Hard Goodbye by Chris Miller

Best Other

Dead Mountain

Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar

Runners Up:

Echo Cycle by Patrick Edwards

24 Hours in Ancient Rome by Phillip Matyszak

The Book of Koli by M. R. Carey

The Trials of Koli by M. R. Carey

Best Book Published In 2020

Winner:

Call of the Bone Ships

Call of the Bone Ships by R. J. Barker

Runners Up:

The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith

Echo Cycle by Patrick Edwards

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

The Trials of Koli by M. R. Carey

Best Book By An Indie Publisher

Hard Goodbye

The Hard Goodbye by Chris Miller

Runners Up:

Madman Across The Water by Caroline Angel

Eight Cylinders by Jason Parent

Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland

Belle Vue by C. S. Alleyne

21 thoughts on “Swords & Spectres ‘Best Books of 2020’ Awards

  1. This post reminded me of so many books I need to read! Like the Bone Ships and Library of the Unwritten!
    Great post πŸ™‚

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  2. So happy to see that Sleeping Giants and Dead Mountain won in their categories 😁 Dead Mountain was probably one of my favourite (maybe favourite’s the wrong word given the subject matter) reads of 2020, so thank you for recommending it to me! Library of the Unwritten was also one of my best reads of 2020 too. I really need to get round to reading the second book in the series.

    Great post! Hope your 2021 is filled with lots of amazing books 😁

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    1. I totally forgot the 2nd book had been released 😲 may have to make that my next purchase (once I’ve cleared through some of the 20 or so books I have to read).

      Dead Mountain was certainly wonderful. I know what you mean about the word favourite, but at least those poor kids memory lives on.

      I loved Sleeping Giants so much. Just have the third book to read and I’m finished.

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  3. Not at all surprised you liked Neuvel’s first two that much, but I’m especially curious to see what you think of Only Human. Also, I really need to read more historical, but I’ve been struggling with Cornwell–any suggestions? The only one I’ve really read any of is Christian Cameron.

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    1. One of my favourite historical fiction trilogies was ‘The Rise of Sigurd’ by Giles Kristian. If you enjoy viking fiction, I’d highly recommend that.

      I’ve heard mixed things about Only Human so I’m not going into it expecting the greatness of books 1 and 2.

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  4. Nice pics man. I just did my 2020 stats, which also went a bit nuts with notifications. Also mentioned you but dit not link to your site as i have a hard time doing so on the device i am currently using

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