It’s TTT time and I haven’t participated in this blog tag in ages!!!!! As usual, if you’re curious about this, Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl hosts these weekly challenges (so, see her blog for more info). Today’s prompt is actually about books that make me smile but I got super inspired by Keri’s post over on Are You My Book?. So, I decided to do the same and talk about my top ten books of the first half of 2020 (books I read up until June 30th). Honestly, narrowing it down to 10 wasn’t as difficult as I was expecting but ranking them was excruciating! So, without further ado, here is my top ten list (although I reserve the right to change the order any minute). I have linked the title to each book to its respective Goodreads synopsis.
10. The Bear
Whimsical, poetic, and full of metaphors! This is the kind of book you want to pick up to walk through despair and struggle but emerge hopeful and renewed. It’s a fable. It’s a tale. My Goodreads review here.
Historical fiction and Ireland! Yes please! My Goodreads review here.
Taking on social injustice in a coming-of-age story is hard. Angie Thomas mastered it beautifully. My Goodreads review here.
Classic horror that breaks the fourth wall, features quite a bit of eroticism, and gives you a wonderful ghost story! Pair that with witty writing and you have this gem of a novel. My Goodreads review here.
Oh, Octavia Butler, … my heart beats for you. This is another genius novel that perfectly seams together classic horror themes with themes of otherness, discrimination, and racism. Goodreads review here.
I didn’t think Josie Silver could top her debut novel, but, bam, here she is proving me wrong. I laughed. I cried. I fell hard for Lydia. My Goodreads review here.
I read this book a long time ago in German but couldn’t remember how I felt while reading it. The movie is my all-time favorite movie, so it was high-time for this re-read. Thomas Harris is a master at suspense, at making your skin crawl, at making you dive deep into the psyche of a killer. My Goodreads review here.
I’ve been resisting the hype around this book for way too long. How is this a debut novel?????? I honestly loved everything about it. The writing was just plain beautiful. I mean it was basically poetry in novel-form. My Goodreads review here.
I can’t even begin to talk about this book. It’s the most heartbreaking and simultaneously the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen. The themes are crass and painful, the language is pure poetry. How this book hasn’t won a million awards is beyond me?! My Goodreads review here.
This was a re-read for me and I was nervous. While You Sleep was one of my favorite books, maybe THE favorite book, of 2019, and I had no clue if it would live up to my memories. Well, I am happy to report that I loved it even more the second time around. It has all the elements in a story that I love: atmosphere, Gothic horror, a haunted house, an unreliable narrator, folklore, personal struggle, chaos, dreams that border on erotic, and of course a remote island! I think I just talked myself into reading it again. My Goodreads review here.
Have you read any of these books? What are your favorite reads of 2020 so far? I am looking forward to your lists this week and am curious to see which books make you smile. Leave your links in the comments!