My top 10 favourite books of 2020 so far

Blog post where I talk about my favourite books of 2020 from the first seven months of 2020. Two of those books are A Good Girl's Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson and Only Mostly Devasted by Sophie Gonzales.

Hello there lovely reader!

In today’s blog post I’ll be talking about my favourite books of 2020 so far, so for the first seven months of 2020. The books at the top of this list will end up on my favourites of the entire year list for sure, but the ones at the bottom will have to compete with the books I’m going to read the next months of 2020. Without further ado, let’s get into the list!

1. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jakcson

I picked A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder up on a whim and was so blown away by it. The writing, the characters, the plot, the intrigue, everything about that book was just perfect to me.

I’m also putting the sequel, Good Girl, Bad Blood, on the same spot on the list just to make it easier for me. So for the rest of the list I will also be putting the sequels with the first book in the series, if I think the sequel also deserves a place on this list.

2. The Arc of a Scythe trilogy by Neal Schusterman

I consider this trilogy to be my favourite (completed) series of all time now, so of course it deserves a (high) spot on this list! This is one of the only series I’ve ever bingeread, so I guess that also just says something. I’ve actually written an entire review for this trilogy earlier this year, so in case you’re interested, you can find that review here.

3. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

This book had been on my radar for years, and then I finally picked it up for a themed TBR blog post. Once again I was so blown away by this book and surprised in every good way of the word. I definitely consider this book to be one of my favourites of all time as well now.

I read the sequel, The Girl in the Tower, as well this year. However, I was unfortunately a bit let down by that one. It was still a 4 star read, but I don’t think it deserves a place on this list. However, if the third book in this series blows me away again, I can still foresee this series to become one of my all time favourites.

4. Not That Bad by Roxane Gay

This is actually the only non fiction book I’ve read so far this year that made it onto my favourites list. Not That Bad was honestly just such a gripping read. I often times read non fiction books about the same topics and thus can sometimes find them quite repetitive, but this one gave me so much new insights and I learned a lot from this book. Also just the inclusiveness and diversity of this book was top notch. I can’t wait to give this one a reread and annotate the heck out of it.

5. A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy

This one was just such an original fantasy story with a lot of tropes/themes I adore in fantasy. Of course it executed those tropes perfectly for me. The writing in this book was also phenomenal, it’s quick, but still absolutely beautiful. I also read this book for a themed TBR post, so if you want a more in depth review, you can check that out here.

6. Only Mostly Devasted by Sophie Gonzales

This book is without a doubt one of my favourite YA contemporaries. It’s a gay Grease retelling, and do I honestly need to say any more? It was a perfect and fun read. The book made me laugh and cry, and that’s honestly all I want from my YA contemporaries. Once again, I have a more in depth review for this book in one of my themed TBR posts, you can find it here.

7. Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

This book is one of my underrated favourite books. It’s just such a fun and very original story, in an original format. If you want a refresher from all the basic YA contemporaries, I can only recommend this one! Nice Try, Jane Sinner is also a debut novel, which I find very impressive. I’m still waiting for Lianne Oelke to publish another book, but it doesn’t seem like that will happen soon…

8. My Dark Vanessa by Katie Elizabeth Russell

If you’re looking for a hard hitting adult contemporary, then this is the book for you. I was once again just blown away by how good of a debut novel this is. This book also made me fall in love again with feminist fiction, so I do own this book!

9. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

This is my favourite book from the thriller/mystery genre I read so far in 2020. I had not expected to love this one since it’s a court room thriller, but it (once again) blew me away. Next to this whole plot just being so well thought out, it also raises so many important questions and will easily make you cry.

10. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

This is once again a YA contemporary that really just surprised me in such a good way. Tweet Cute has the enemies-to-lovers trope, which is one of my least favourite, if not my least favourite trope ever. But this book just executed it in such a fun way, I still really enjoyed this book. Also the baking and cooking in this book is just *chef’s kiss*!

And those were my 10 favourite books of 2020 so far. I’m curious to see which of these books will make it onto my favourites of the entire year list.

Thank you so much for reading and don’t forget to tell my a couple of your favourite reads of 2020 so far!

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