Goodreads Best Fantasy 2020 Challenge

Hello Readers! 

Today I am going to talk about a challenge I tried to do last year, but completely failed at. But I am going to attempt it this year again, let’s hope I’ll do better this year. I have watched people make videos on YouTube reading the winners of the Goodreads Awards at the end of each year or they try to read like the top 10 from a category. 

And that is something I wanted to give a try and last year I looked at the books in each category and I came to the conclusion that the Fantasy category has the most books I’d actually would like to read (that is the same this year). But the problem with fantasy is that there are a bunch of big series of which the latest books get nominated. So I am going to give myself a year to work on this challenge. 

These are all the books which were nominated:

Though I will make a few a few exception, because otherwise I would have to read so many books and for the whole year of 2020 I have been in a reading slump. And I am slowly coming out of it, so I don’t want to overdo it. 

So there are going to be a few books which I will be getting to last or probably won’t read because either the series is 12/17 books long or the author did something problematic and I don’t feel comfortable ‘promoting’ the book or spending money on it. 

So the five books I am going to read as last on the list, in this order, are:

  • The Trouble With Peace by Joe Abercrombie (I need to read 10 books in total I believe, but it is still a series I would love to read)
  • Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs (this is the 12th book in the series, but I am sort of interested in trying it out since it was on the list last year as well)
  • Wintersteel by Will Wight (this is the eighth book in the series)
  • Peace Talks and Battle ground by Jim Butcher (these are books 16 and 17 in the Dresden Files series)

And then there are two books I don’t really want to read since the authors have done something problematic and as far as I can tell, they haven’t really properly apologized:

  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik 
  • The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence (I can listen to the audiobook for this)

So yeah these two I won’t be reading since I don’t really want to ‘ promote’ them and spend time and effort into these two. I would rather read one of the big series instead. 

Have you read any of the books on the Best Fantasy list? And what series are you most excited for me to get to? 

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