Hello all! I don’t quite know how it is already nearly the end of June. That means we are almost half-way through 2020. Can you believe that? So much has happened in the first 6 months of 2020 and to be honest I am rather terrified as to what the next six months will bring. I am hoping a lot of good things but who knows!
In the last six months I have read nearly 60 books which is quite crazy! So many of these books have been incredible and I wanted to share with you my top 9 favourite books of 2020 (so far)! I am going to split this into two posts! So, here is part one of my favourite books of 2020 (so far)!
The Pieces of Ourselves by Maggie Harcourt
“Flora doesn’t do people”, not since the Incident that led to her leaving school midway through her GCSEs. The Incident that led to her being diagnosed with bipolar II. The Incident that left her in pieces. Until Hal arrives. He’s researching a story about a missing World War I soldier, and he wants Flora’s help. Flora used to love history before the Incident, but spending so much time with Hal is her worst nightmare. Yet as they begin to piece together the life of the missing soldier, a life of lost love, secrets and lies, Flora finds a piece of herself falling for Hal”
I read this book way back before lockdown and absolutely adored it! Maggie Harcourt has such a way with creating characters that you can’t help but love and stories you just can’t put down. This might possibly be my favourite Maggie Harcourt book I’ve read and highly recommend it! I have written a full review of this book which you can find here!
Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
“Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation.”
I’ve been a fan of the My Favorite Murder podcast for a little over 2 years now and as soon as Karen and Georgia announced they would be writing a book I was excited. I bought this back at YALC last year but it wasn’t until this year that I finally read it. Sophie from The Little Contemporary Corner and I co-read this and we both loved it. It is eye-opening and a book I took so much from. I will certainly be re-reading and listening to the audiobook again when I need a little bit of you.
Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury
“Everyone knows what happened to Alva’s mother, all those years ago. But when dark forces begin to stir in Ormscaula, Alva has to face a very different future – and question everything she thought she knew about her past…”
This was my first ever Melinda Salisbury book and let me tell you, it certainly won’t be the last. I loved this book so much despite the fact that it made me fall out of my chair in the garden in shock (true story)! It is harrowing and it is wild but I loved it. If you are yet to read a Melinda Salisbury book and want to fall in love with her writing then this is the book for you! Here is my full review of this book!
First Day of My Life by Lisa Williamson
“Three friends, a stolen baby and a tangled web of lies. Everything is about to change. First Day of my Life is not what you expect, and it’s not who you suspect either. A baby has been stolen. But there are three sides to this story – three people bonded by friendship and torn apart by the unpredictability of life. Frankie, Jojo and Ram. It is a reminder to us all that every day has the potential to be the first day of the rest of your life.”
Have you ever read a book in which every word, every sentence and every chapter makes you unable to put it down? This is one of those books. I flew right the way through this book and just couldn’t put it down. As I finished this book the new that it’s release had been pushed back until 2021 was announced. But, let me tell you when this book is released you will love it! It is absolutely amazing! Here is my full review of this book!
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
“Frances has been a study machine with one goal. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside. Then Frances meets Aled, and for the first time she’s unafraid to be herself.
So when the fragile trust between them is broken, Frances is caught between who she was and who she longs to be. Now Frances knows that she has to confront her past. To confess why Carys disappeared…
Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.”
I cannot believe I waited so long to read this book! I absolutely adore Alice Oseman’s books so I don’t know why it took me so long to get round to reading this. Alice Oseman has such a way with words and the characters she creates. This book will forever stick with me and is definitely one of the reasons Alice Oseman is one of my favourite authors!
What are your favourite books of 2020 (so far)? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to look out for part two of this series coming soon!