Best Young Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror of 2020

“Best Of” lists are so hard to create! I lost count as to how many times I added and removed and added back in books, paring down an original list that was absolutely massive to just thirty. They cover the gamut, from pirates to princesses, dystopian hellscapes to alternate histories, magical realism to folklore retellings, spaceships to aliens, ghosts and gods to witches and werewolves. Compiled by extensive reading and extensively reading reviews, here is my list of best young adult science fiction and fantasy books published in 2020…

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2019 Totals: Books


What follows is a list of the 100 books I read in 2019.

This year I decided to break down my reading habits. Of the 100, 49 were Adult, 47 were Young Adult or Middle Grade, and 4 were Children’s (picture books). Genre-wise, I still favor Fantasy (45%), with Science Fiction (14%), Mystery/Thriller/Crime (9%), Literary/Contemporary (8%), and Nonfiction (7%) trailing. The other genres – Poetry, Dystopian, Horror, Romance, genre-benders, anthologies, and picture books were at 1-4%.

For authors, 71% identified as women, 20% as men, and 9% as trans or nonbinary. 51% were BIPOC, 47% white, and 2% I could not determine how the author identified. Of the BIPOC authors: 46% were Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, 27% were Black, 20% were Latinx, and 7% were Indigenous. For both race and gender, I recorded authors however they identified – I did not assume identities.

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