Fae Friday – A Light in the Darkness

Happy #FaeFriday everyone! I had my last class of the semester yesterday, so now all I have to do is finish a paper and then I am DONE. I’m going to take a nap until Christmas.

Anyway, Fae Friday is hosted by Kristy @ Caffeinated Fae, and you can find all future prompts on her blog! All you gotta do is link back to her page and have fun with the prompt! Don’t forget to use #FaeFriday on your socials, so we can all find each other’s posts! Here is this week’s prompt: light

“Today is the very first day of Chanukah, and some of you may not know, Hanukka is the festival of lights, and in certain tales, fairies show up as lights. To celebrate the Fae & Chanukah, we are talking about books that have become the beacon of light for us. What book or genre has been a light for you during 2020?

Huge shout out to Leah for this prompt! Please link to her blog leahs-books.com!”

I think we all know that fantasy and science fiction are my favorite genres across all age groups. I love it in middle grade, I love it in YA, and I love it in adult. Both genres often deal with heavy subjects, and fellow SFF lovers will relate to me when I say that more often than not, we fear for our favorite characters’ lives. But weirdly enough, it remained my favorite genre during this shit show of a year. I’ve read many books that I absolutely loved this year, so I’ll highlight a few that stand out to me now!

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet book cover

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

By Becky Chambers

I believe I have talked about this book quite often. In my opinion it’s heavily characters driven, not so much plot driven. Even though the plot is also fun. I loved every character by the time I finished the book, even the ones that were mean and annoying. I haven’t read the second book yet, but I hope to get to it next year. In the meantime, you can find my review here!

Foundryside book cover


By Robert Jackson Bennett

I discovered this book through The Story Graph, and I’m so glad I did! Bennett is a new to me author, and I’m glad to have discovered his books. Foundryside is probably one of my favorite books of the year, and I’ve written the most technical review I have ever written! I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys well-written books that blur the lines between fantasy and science fiction.
The Silvered Serpents book cover

The Silvered Serpents

Roshani Chokshi

Adding this one to the list because this book is just so unexpected. I liked The Gilded Wolves, but I didn’t love it. It was complicated at times (maybe I have a tiny brain?), and by the end of it I still wasn’t sure how exactly the magic works. But, I got approved to read an ARC of The Silvered Serpents, and I finished it in a day. A DAY. It was that good. Of course, I have a review for this one as well, and you can find it here! Typing this made me realize that I don’t even have a physical copy of this book yet, so luckily it’s almost Christmas and I know what to ask Santa for!

So here are some books that have been a light for me during the past year. I have also never completed my reading challenge this early, and I think it’s safe to say that books are the only reason I have not completely lost my sanity. I hope that every person who reads this has read books that got them through this year as well. And to all my Jewish friends, happy Chanukah!

You can find more of my Fae Friday posts here!


  1. December 11, 2020 / 6:38 pm

    I’m so happy that those books have helped you through the shit show that is 2020!

    • simonevanheijst
      December 11, 2020 / 9:50 pm

      Me too! Let’s hope that 2021 treats us better, but that the comfort of books remains the same 😄

  2. December 11, 2020 / 9:45 pm

    What a great post! I can totally identify with the fantasy genre as a favorite, and while I haven’t heard of the first two books, The Silvered Serpents was such an incredible book!

    • simonevanheijst
      December 11, 2020 / 9:51 pm

      Thank you! I can totally recommend those first two books. They’re very different from each other, but I completely disappeared off the face of the earth while reading them😂

  3. December 12, 2020 / 4:53 am

    I haven’t read a ton of fantasy this year, but I got more into science fiction this year. I’ve been wanting to read A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, good to know you liked it! Silvered Serpents was so amazing, I can’t wait for the next book in the series!!

    • simonevanheijst
      December 12, 2020 / 11:58 am

      Yay for sci-fi! I can’t wait for the next Gilded Wolves book either, the wait is so long 😭

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