Best Books Read in 2020: Final Reveal

Ben Long writer and editor

I’ve seen everyone else making their “best of” posts this year and of course I wanted to join in the fun! I decided to wait a few days to make sure I could account for every single thing I read by Dec 31st.

It was a lot of fun to look back through the year at all that I’ve read. It has undeniably been a crappy year in many ways, but I’m fortunate to say that reading has not been one of them. A short list of all the amazing things that have happened in the bookish world this year are:

  1. Starting a #bookstagram
  2. Reading more books this year than the last few years combined
  3. Contributing reviews/articles for Night Worms
  4. Joining the review team at Beyond the Veil
  5. Interviewing some great authors like Patrick Delaney, Craig Wallwork, and Patrick Lacey
  6. Discovering a whole new world of indie/small press horror
  7. And OF COURSE meeting so many wonderful people in the book community!!!

To celebrate all the good books I’ve read I wanted to make a brief post highlighting some of the best! These haven’t all specifically been released in 2020, just the best I read from the year. Also though my year was mostly horror, but this post encompasses all genres.

I decided to give my absolute top 20 picks first, but then give a few shout outs in various mediums afterwards. Enjoy!

Top 20 of 2020 (in no particular order)

  1. Crossroads by Laurel Hightower (blog review)
  2. True Crime by Samantha Kolesnik (blog review)
  3. The Raven by Jonathan Janz (IG post)
  4. Valentine by Elizabeth Whetmore (IG post)
  5. Betty by Tiffany McDaniel
  6. Ghost Summer Stories by Tananarive Due (blog review)
  7. Tome by Ross Jeffery (buddy review)
  8. Kill River by Cameron Roubique (IG post)
  9. Sour Candy by Kealan Patrick Burke (blog review)
  10. There There by Tommy Orange
  11. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  12. Uzumaki by Junji Ito (IG post)
  13. Of Foster Homes and Flies by Chad Lutzke (IG post)
  14. The Switch House by Tim Meyer (blog review)
  15. Hell on Mars by J.Z. Foster and Justin Woodward (blog review)
  16. Labyrinth of the Dolls by Craig Wallwork (blog review)
  17. Recursion by Blake Crouch (IG post)
  18. The Living Dead by Daniel Klauss and George Romero (blog review)
  19. The Worm and His Kings by Hailey Piper (BTV review)
  20. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (IG post)

Other Must-Reads from the Year!



Graphic Novels

Short Story/Poetry Collections


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