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TS’s Top 11 Books Read in 2020 So Far (1st Jan to 30th June)

TS’s Top 11 Books Read in 2020 So Far (1st Jan to 30th June)


2020 has so far been a truly strange, stressful and complicated year, but reading wise it has been pretty incredible for me.  I’ve read/listen to 73 books during this first six months of the year and quite a sizeable chunk of these garnered 4-stars and above.  In fact, I can’t remember the last time I’ve added so many books onto my favourites shelf in the same period of time.  If you’re interested, you can see my year in books for 2020 right here.

Similar to my previous list, I do not limit this to only books released this year.  There are simply too many great books that have been published prior and that I’ve yet to read, so there will always be older books included.  Below are the parameters that I’ve set for the list.

  • Rereads don’t count
  • One book per author
  • Not limited to books which are released this year.

None of these are ranked except for the top three, of which two are tied for first place.  The rest, I’ve listed them in the chronological order of when I’ve read them this year.  All of these have been reviewed by me on Novel Notions and Goodreads.

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Book Review: White Night (The Dresden Files, #9) by Jim Butcher

Book Review: White Night (The Dresden Files, #9) by Jim Butcher

Cover illustration by: Chris McGrath

White Night by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Dresden Files (Book #9 of 25)

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Pages: 528 pages (US Kindle edition)

Published: 4th March 2010 by Orbit (UK) & 3rd April 2007 by Roc (US)


I’ve mentioned this several times, but it’s always safe to rely on The Dresden Files for a quick entertaining read.

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Petrik’s Top 15 Books of the Year So Far (1st January-30th June 2020)

Petrik’s Top 15 Books of the Year So Far (1st January-30th June 2020)


Click here if you want to see the list of all the books I’ve read so far this year: Petrik’s Year in Books (2020)

Between 1st January 2020 until 30th June 2020, I’ve read and reviewed 71 books (35.7k pages).

Please read this first. There will be three rules I set in this list in order for me to give appreciation to more authors rather than having only a few authors hoarding this list. These rules allow me to highlight more authors, and at the same time, I’ll also be able to include both new and older books (many of them still need attention) that I read within this year.

  • Rereads aren’t included.
  • One book per author.
  • The books listed here are not all exclusively published this year; the list consists of the top books I read for the first time within this year. Non-2020 published books on this list will have their first date of publication included.

Do note that although there’s a rank to this list, I HIGHLY recommend every book/series listed below because I loved all of them immensely, and they received a rating of 4.5 or 5 out of 5 stars from me. Without further ado, here are the top 15 books I’ve read this year so far! (All full reviews of the books listed can be found on Novel Notions and my Goodreads page.)

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Book Review: Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, #8) by Jim Butcher

Book Review: Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, #8) by Jim Butcher

Cover illustration by: Chris McGrath

Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Dresden Files (Book #8 of 25)

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Pages: 428 pages (US Kindle edition)

Published: 4th March 2010 by Orbit (UK) & 1st February 2006 by Roc (US)


Not as good as Dead Beat, but this is another great read, as expected.

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Book Review: Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7) by Jim Butcher

Book Review: Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7) by Jim Butcher

Cover illustration by: Chris McGrath

Dead Beat by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Series: The Dresden Files (Book #7 of 25)

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Pages: 408 pages (US Kindle edition)

Published: 4th March 2010 by Orbit (UK) & 3rd May 2005 by Roc (US)


We human don’t deserve dogs, but how about Tyrannosaurus?

“Time after time, history demonstrates that when people don’t want to believe something, they have enormous skills of ignoring it altogether.”

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Book Review: Paternus: War of Gods (The Paternus Trilogy, #3) by Dyrk Ashton

Book Review: Paternus: War of Gods (The Paternus Trilogy, #3) by Dyrk Ashton

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Paternus: War of Gods by Dyrk Ashton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: The Paternus Trilogy (Book #3 of 3)

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Mythologies

Pages: 746 pages

Published: 23rd June 2020 by Paternus Books Media (Indie)


Bloody magnificent. Urban fantasy novel just doesn’t get more epic than Paternus: War of Gods.

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Book Review: Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6) by Jim Butcher

Book Review: Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6) by Jim Butcher

Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Dresden Files (Book #6 of 25)

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Pages: 372 pages (US Kindle edition)

Published: 4th March 2010 by Orbit (UK) & 3rd August 2004 by Roc (US)


“The building was on fire, and it wasn’t my fault.”

As if anyone would believe that, Harry.

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Book Review: Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5) by Jim Butcher

Book Review: Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5) by Jim Butcher

Death Masks by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Dresden Files (Book #5 of 25)

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Pages: 464 pages (US Kindle edition)

Published: 4th March 2010 by Orbit (UK) & 5th August 2003 by Roc (US)


Harry Dresden need some sleep, and he’s not getting one easily.

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Book Review: Night Shift Dragons (DFZ, #3) by Rachel Aaron

Book Review: Night Shift Dragons (DFZ, #3) by Rachel Aaron

Night Shift Dragons by Rachel Aaron

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: DFZ (Book 3 of 3)

Genre: Urban fantasy

Published: 5th May 2020 (Aaron/Bach, self-published)


Night Shift Dragons delivered a spectacular and hugely emotionally satisfying conclusion to Rachel Aaron’s follow-up urban fantasy series set in the insanely cool, quirky and vibrant free city of the DFZ. 

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Book Review: The City We Became (Great Cities, #1) by N.K. Jemisin

Book Review: The City We Became (Great Cities, #1) by N.K. Jemisin

ARC received from publisher, Orbit UK, in exchange for an honest review.

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: Great Cities (Book 1)

Genre: Urban fantasy, horror

Published:  24th March 2020 by Orbit US & 26th March 2020 by Orbit UK


The City We Became is a unique take on urban fantasy that reaffirms N.K. Jemisin as a brilliant author of imaginative and original fantasy fiction.

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