Hello and welcome to the 2020 edition of The Curious SFF Reader Book Awards in which I will try to fit my favorite books of the year in several made-up categories in order to avoid ranking them! 😀 As always, the books were not always published in 2020 but I read them this year.
The book that completely transported me into another world with its beautiful prose is without a doubt The Ten Thousand Doors of January.
Best Science Fiction
This category is a tie between two gems: The Light Brigade, a bloody military science fiction about the consequences of war, and The City in the Middle of the Night, a quiet coming of age story. Both books are fantastic and they are so different that it’s impossible to choose between them.
Ring Shout is a novella that managed to have more fascinating ideas than most novels in less than 200 pages.
Meet Me in the Future is one of the best anthologies I have ever read, the stories are about war, the consequences of war, the female body and queerness. The stories are dark and unsettling yet, I couldn’t stop reading them.
Fangirl Award (aka Best Tensorate Novella)
Yep, I created a category just for this one. My blog, my award, my rules.
I have already gushed about the Tensorate novellas over and over so, you should know by now that I adore this world. The Ascent of Godhood was a fascinating conclusion and it even managed to dethrone the first novella as my favorite in the series.
Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie’s sophomore book, is in my opinion even better than Ancillary Justice. It was wonderful to be back in the Radch Empire with all its political intrigues, amazing characters and tea-drinking.
Moon Rising is the perfect conclusion to the Luna trilogy, it expands the scope of the story wonderfully while still being a satisfying conclusion to the series.
Get Out meets the gentrification of Brooklyn in Alyssa Cole’s first thriller. Chilling with great tension and an explosive ending.
What if trauma could literally be passed down from generation to generation. Beautifully written and raw, The Deep is without a doubt the best novella I have read this year.
Best of the Best
What can I say about this book that hasn’t already be said? It’s brilliant. Ursula K. Le Guin is the best. Go read it.
Looking at this list, I have to say that 2020 was one of the best reading years I had in a long time. I highly recommend every single books mentioned, they are all truly amazing!
Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post? What are your favorite books of 2020?