We’re almost a month past the halfway mark of the year, but I still think this is a good time to do this post because by December, the entire list could be different. It’ll be interesting to see how it changes by then, if I ever get out of this reading slump I’m in.
So at this point in the year I’ve read 53 books. About the same as last year, though at a much different pace and different formats of fiction. I read about twenty volumes of manga, as opposed to five last year. While I enjoyed the mangas, I’m not counting them on the list this time.
For the most part, I’ve read a lot of great books. I’ve only DNF’d one book so far this year, which is awesome, so everything I finished I did enjoy… there are just different levels of enjoyment. In any case, here are my top ten reads of 2020… so far.
1. Not Like the Movies – My most recent read. I can see a lot of Chloe in myself and I just simply enjoyed the book from page one until the end.
2. Gone With the Wind – Obviously the longest book I read. I actually read this one in quarantine, like the full-on lock-down, working from home quarantine. It took me a few weeks to get through this book, but I was left with the worst book hangover after finishing… and that’s how you know a book is good!
3. Restart – This is such a good middle grade novel that I feel is a must-read. I was happy to see that it made it to my state’s Nutmeg Award Nominee list for middle grade books, and I’m hoping it wins.
4. I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends – If you’re a Friends fan, I think you’ll really enjoy this book. It gives a lot of background information on the show, not only while filming but also the process of coming up with the show and casting the roles. I enjoyed this book all the way through and I would gladly read it again.
5. The Paper Girl of Paris – On a whim I decided to read this book (and buy it) and I’m so glad that I did. I’m not usually a fan of historical fiction (or partial in this case) but I found it very interesting and I loved the entire story. I highly recommend this one!
6. One of Us is Next – The follow up to One of Us is Lying, and while I like the first book a lot more, this one is still very good. I think if you keep away from comparing the novels, you’ll find that this book is just as good as the rest of McManus’s books.
7. The Bookworm Crush – I gushed over this book so much while reading it. The main characters have a great banter, as well as their families and friends. Amy is a bookworm who’s shy and awkward and I relate to her so much, and Toff is just a goofball that you have to love.
8. The Printed Letter Bookshop – This novel was such a good book about finding yourself and friendships in places you’d least expect. I loved how the author chose to do the narration for each character – something I didn’t notice right away, but loved that little nugget! And of course, it mostly takes place around a bookshop, so that gives the book like 50 points right there.
9. Noel Street – I pretty much love every Richard Paul Evans book I read, and this was no exception. It’s a very easy read about redemption, which also covers racism in the 1970s as well as mental health of Vietnam veterans. I definitely recommend this one.
10. Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food and Love – This is a great collection of young-adult short stories, though I can’t say I liked each one. There were three or four that I didn’t care for, but were still written well and I think others would enjoy them.
And there you have it! These are my top favorite reads of 2020 so far. I’m hoping to kick this reading slump today by starting a book that’s been on my TBR for a while, rather than rereading something. But if I have to, I will.
Anyway, do we think I can read 50 more books by the end of the year? (I kind of doubt it, haha)
What were some of your favorite reads so far this year?