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Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My latest work is the Audible Original The Sound at the End. My other books are Things We Say In The Dark, The Gloaming, The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales.

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Kirsty Logan

Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My latest work is the Audible Original The Sound at the End. My other books are Things We Say In The Dark, The Gloaming, The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales.

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Best Books of 2020

31st Dec 2020 in Books, News

Well, friends, it’s been a year! I don’t know about you, but my reading habits really changed in 2020. I started off reading a lot, as I was travelling and researching a novel, and then – well, you know what happened. For a few months I found it hard to focus on reading at all, and then I flipped around and was entirely losing myself in books, chain-reading novels as a way to escape from reality. That settled down as winter set in, and I enjoyed slowing my pace and getting absorbed in some longer books.

In total I read 242 books this year, which is about the same as last year. But unlike last year, it was over half novels (123), with a little more non-fiction (41), and significantly fewer short story collections and anthologies (25), young adult/kids’ books (37), and almost no poetry or graphic novels (8 of each). I also read a lot of genre novels, largely horror and romance, and also a good chunk of fantasy/sci-fi at the start of the year when reading for the Kitschies award. I think this heavy emphasis on novels is because this year, not surprisingly, I just wanted escapism. I wanted horror and romance because I wanted to feel something other than low-level anxiety and worry. For me, novels provided a much-needed escape from the real world. Thank you to every writer who worked hard to create other worlds for readers who needed them in 2020.

I don’t know what 2021’s reading will look like, because there’s no way to know what 2021 will bring. I can say that there’s some good reading ahead of us, though, as I read several books this year that will be on next year’s best-of list.

So in no particular order, here is my Top 25 of the year:

 

Books out in 2020:

Best Dark (And I Mean Really Dark) Fairytale: You Let Me In, Camilla Bruce

Best Historical Queer Romance: Spirited, Julie Cohen

Best Retro Horror: Harrow Lake, Kat Ellis

Best Haunting Exploration of the Aftermath of a Murder: Nothing Can Hurt You, Nicola Maye Goldberg

Best Mystery at a Claustrophobic Girls’ School: The Temple House Vanishing, Rachel Donohue

Best Black Queer Ghost Novella: The Silence of the Wilting Skin, Tlotlo Tsamaase

Best Analysis of Masculinity: I’m Afraid of Men, Vivek Shraya

Best Poetry Collection From a Poet Who’s Brilliant Both on the Page and Performing: My Darling From the Lions, Rachel Long

Best Poetry Collection That I Got Because it’s About Wrestling and Found it Was About So Much More: Tapping Out, Nandi Comer

Best Book That’s Kind of a Cheat Because I’m in it But Also All the Other Stories Are Too Brilliant Not to Include It: Outsiders, Alice Slater (editor)

Best Deeply Unsettling Story Anthology: The New Abject, Sarah Eyre & Ra Page (editors)

Best Queer Feminist Horror Graphic Novel: The Low, Low Woods, Carmen Maria Machado & Dani

 

Books Out Before 2020:

Best Book That You Don’t Need Me to Tell You is Great: Misery, Stephen King

Best Book About Delightfully Monstrous Teenage Girls: Wilder Girls, Rory Power

Best Deep-Sea Horror: Ningen, Laura Mauro

Best Short Stories That Make Me Wildly Envious as a Writer: Dark Tales, Shirley Jackson

Best Wholesome Historical Poly Romance: The Threefold Tie, Aster Glenn Gray

Best Lesbian Romance Novella That’s Also Spot-on About the Life of a Writer: A Perfect Balance, Laura Ambrose

Best Book Read for Teenage Scream Podcast: The Forbidden Game trilogy, LJ Smith

Best Kids’ Book About a Bitter, Rage-Filled Goddess: The Monstrous Child, Francesca Simon

Best Poetry I Read Aloud to My Wife in the Sunshine While Sitting on Our Windowsill: The Emma Press Anthology of Love

Best Graphic Novel That Made Me Laugh Out Loud: Dungeon Fun, Colin Bell & Neil Slorance

Best Essay Collection About Blackness, Whiteness and the Gothic: Darkly, Leila Taylor

Best Book About Writing: The Science of Storytelling, Will Storr

Best Book I Read as Novel Research But Then Found Applicable to Most of My Life and Friends and Family: Surviving Survival, Laurence Gonzalez

What were your favourite books of 2020?

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