Top Reads of 2020

Another year draws to a close, so it’s time to publish my Top Reads of the year. These are the stories that stood out for me over the past 12 months. They are listed in no particular order; just the ones I enjoyed reading the most during this crazy year of 2020. If you click on the title, it will take you to my review.


Best Books Read in 2020

Dune (1965) by Frank Herbert
Dune Messiah (1969) by Frank Herbert
Europe at Dawn (2018) by Dave Hutchinson
In the Forests of Serre (2004) by Patricia McKillip
Utopia Avenue (2020) by David Mitchell
The Folding Knife (2010) by K.J. Parker
The Secret Commonwealth (2019) by Philip Pullman
Lancelot (2018) by Giles Kristian
The Stand (1978) by Stephen King


Best Collections Read in 2020

The Private Life of Elder Things (2016) by Adrian Tchaikovsky & more
Elric of Melnibone and Other Stories (2013) by Michael Moorcock


Best Novellas & Short Stories Read in 2020

Tracking Song (1975) by Gene Wolfe
A Dead Djinn in Cairo (2016) by P. Djeli Clark
The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (2019) by P. Djeli Clark
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale (1966) by Philip K. Dick
The Temple (1920) by H.P. Lovecraft
The Dunwich Horror (1928) by H.P. Lovecraft
The Devil You Know (2016) by K.J. Parker
Gray Matter (1973) by Stephen King
A Good Marriage (2010) by Stephen King


Best Comics Read in 2020

Sandman Mystery Theatre, Vol.1: The Tarantula (1995) by Matt Wagner & Guy Davis
Once & Future, Vol.1: The King is Undead (2020) by Kieron Gillen & Dan Mora
Saga, Vol.1 (2012) by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits (1991) by Garth Ennis & Will Simpson
Coffin Bound, Vol.1: Happy Ashes (2020) by Dan Watters & DaNi
Wonder Woman: Dead Earth (2020) by Daniel Warren Johnson


So, 2020, what was that all about then? Ignoring other things, 2020 was a good year for reading, writing reviews, and–best of all–discovering some cool new blogs. I’m happy to say that I received the most views and comments this year. I’m sure this was hugely helped by my finding these new-to-me blogs. That led to much more interaction with fellow bloggers this year, which has been one of my highlightsπŸ˜€

So, a BIG thank you for all your comments, recommendations, jokes and company. Best Wishes for 2021 and, as always, thank you for reading!

21 thoughts on “Top Reads of 2020

  1. Nice range to the list, I like it! I reread Dune this year and it made it into my top 5 fiction books of the year. And I’m about halfway through The Private Life of Elder Things thanks to your review earlier in the year. I’m really enjoying it so far, so thanks for that!

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    • Thanks Todd! Glad to hear you are enjoying Elder Things. I’m so happy I re-read Dune this year because it reminded me what a brilliant piece of storytelling it really is. I’m planning to read Children of Dune some time in 2021.

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  2. Looks like you had a great 2020, reading-wise! I wish I could read “Dune” for the first time each year πŸ˜‰ I’m happy we made the connection this year, my New Year resolution is to be a more active commentator πŸ™‚

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  3. A fantastic wrap-up with excellent choices, some that I adored myself, Dune, in particular, Saga as well (can’t wait till you see how much of a torture volume 9 was as they went on a hiatus)! Hope 2021 will prove to be a fantastic year with great reads and even more interaction, sir! πŸ˜€

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    • Thank you Lashaan😊 I was lucky to enjoy a lot of what I read last year. Yes, looking forward to more Saga and Dune in 2021. And, of course, continuing our conversations about comics and other good stuff. Best wishes!

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  4. I was scratching my head trying to remember where I got the Dead Djinn in Cairo recommendation and now I know! I just started it tonight and now Misty is getting to hear about the cool things I’ve read and learned already! It’s a beautiful thing and you can look for a review for it in the next couple of days. 🀠

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