The 2020 Curious SFF Reader Awards

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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! ๐Ÿ˜€ As always, the books were not always published in 2020 but I read them this year.


Best Fantasy

The book that completely transported me into another world with its beautiful prose is without a doubt The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

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Review of 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.

Review of The Light Brigade

Review of The City in the Middle of the Night

Best Horror

Ring Shout is a novella that managed to have more fascinating ideas than most novels in less than 200 pages.

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Review of Ring Shout

Best Anthology

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 unsettlingย yet, I couldn’t stop reading them.

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Review of Meet Me in the Future

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.

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Review of The Ascent to Godhood

Best Sequel

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.

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Review of Ancillary Sword

Best Finale

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.

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Review of Luna: Moon Rising

Best Thriller

Get Out meets the gentrification of Brooklyn in Alyssa Cole’s first thriller. Chilling with great tension and an explosive ending.

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Review of When No One is Watching

Best Novella

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.

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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.

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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?

20 thoughts on “The 2020 Curious SFF Reader Awards

  1. Great choices! Of course, the Le Guin stands above all ๐Ÿ‘
    Ring Shout was extra cool.
    And Iโ€˜ve read the newer Alix Harrow novel and loved it.
    Only thing Iโ€˜m missing here is โ€žHouse of Styxโ€œ.

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  2. I really want to go back and give Ancillary Justice a reread. It was so DIFFERENT in writing style than anything I’d read before, I had trouble wrapping my head around it. At the same time, I appreciated it BECAUSE it was doing something so different, and I loved how Leckie made the reader feel like they were in the head of an AI who had information coming in from all these different places simultaneously.

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    1. The Dispossessed was amazing, it was an easy choice for my best book of the year! It was my first Le Guin and I’m so excited to read her other works! ๐Ÿ˜€
      I really liked Ring Shout because it has a really cool story with great characters but it also has a lot of “meat” to it. I think did a great job at giving life to a period of history I didn’t know much about. It’s packed with real history facts and it managed to bring up themes and discussions that are still relevant today.

      (With all the end of the year posts and anticipated releases posts… my TBR also grows day by day! ๐Ÿ˜‚)

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  3. Followed you over from #VintageSciFi.

    I love Leckie and totally agree with the Best Sequel Award. There’s one more award I’d like to give — Best Book Cover, which I’d give to Meet Me in the Future. ๐Ÿ™‚

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