Hello all! A few days ago I shared 5 of my favourite books of 2020 so far. Today I have another set of books I’ve loved this year that I wanted to share with you all. Be sure to check out part one of this series, here. Without further ado, here is part two of my favourite books of 2020 (so far)!
Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
“In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.”
I picked this book up one evening on a whim, having had it on my shelves for a couple of years. A few hours later and I’d read the entire thing. I just couldn’t put this book down, it is so extraordinary! If you have yet to read this one I highly recommend it! I’m so glad I picked it up on a whim, this is one I’ll hold close to my heart for a long time!
Dear Edward by Ann Naplitano
“One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.
Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery–one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do find yourself? How do you discover your purpose? What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?”
Whilst in London at the beginning of March, Sophie from The Little Contemporary Corner picked this up randomly as we were browsing the shelves of Foyles. I picked this one up a few weeks later because I kept seeing incredible things about it. It is another that I flew through in a matter of hours. I have now shared this book around my friends because I loved it so much!
An Unauthorised Fan Treatise by Lauren James
“Gottie is a fangirl for Loch & Ness, a TV show about paranormal detectives. She’s convinced that two of the male actors are secretly dating, and she’ll stop at nothing to prove it. When her online investigations accidentally uncover far more than she expects, she becomes complicit in secrets beyond just a romantic conspiracy theory.
An internet thriller told in a ‘true crime’ style recollection of events, the novel includes social media extracts such as modern Tumblr posts and early-noughties LiveJournal blog entries.”
I actually started this one back in October last year but as it was being released chapter by chapter each week online it took me until March to finish it. Let me tell you this is beyond excellent and I would love to see this as a physical book soon. I wrote a full review of this which you can find here.
Loveless by Alice Oseman
“Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.
As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.
But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.
Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?”
This book is extraordinary and deserves all the love in the world. This is an own voices book by Alice Oseman that needs to be read by many own voices readers. Although I am not at own voices reader/reviewer for this book it has helped me learn a lot and opened by eyes a lot. It is beyond wonderful. I have written a full review of this book which you can find here.
What are your favourite books of 2020 (so far)? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to read part one of this series too!