We’re officially halfway through 2020 (somehow) and I wanted to do a little mid-year check in! I’ve read some really great books the last six months, over 35, to be exact, and I wanted to share what I qualify as my top five so far!
This was actually really hard to decide because I’ve read a lot of five-star reads in the last few weeks, so I couldn’t decide just on ratings alone, I had to factor in a few other things. Surprisingly, most of these are new or newer releases, which I thought was funny at first but then realized that I haven’t been reading a lot of backlist books because I’ve been receiving a lot of great books from my publishing friends like Kensington and Grand Central Publishing!
I’m hoping that in the next few weeks I can tackle some more of my backlist and I’ll be able to have a wide variety of books to share in my full Top Reads of 2020 post!
Let’s jump in! And these are in no particular order, just a listing!
I bet you’re not surprised to see this baby on the list, right? I finished this about a week or so ago, right before it’s Tuesday release, and I still can’t get over how good it is. This novel is really the epitome of an escapist read because it’s a) so removed from my real life in terms of being a royal and b) it’s so well crafted that there’s never a time where you think “oh that sounds ridiculous” or “that wouldn’t have happened”. It manages to be both highly realistic and still fun, exciting, and different. It’s really one of the best I’ve read in a long time, and I couldn’t put it down.
Full review here!
I absolutely devoured this 11 hour audiobook in two days. I couldn’t stop listening! Between the chilling plot and the double narrators, I just couldn’t break myself away from this new haunting thriller from Simone St. James. I read and loved The Broken Girls, and waited months for my library hold for this audiobook to come in, and it was well worth the wait! This book snagged a five-star rating for me for a number of reasons, but the reason it’s part of my top five is because it has all the elements plus some that I love in a mystery. Double timeline, family secrets, sketchy townspeople, strong women, historical elements, and ghosts/hauntings. This had everything I look for and want in a mystery, and that’s why it’s firmly cemented in my top reads of 2020.
No review yet, but check back next week!
Oof, I loved this one. This was a gift from Kensington Publishing, one of my favorite teams to work with, and I’m so grateful they put Edwin Hill in my life. That man can write. The Missing Ones is the newest book in his Hester Thursby series and this was utterly unputdownable. I remember I sat down to start this and I blinked and was on page 60, I just couldn’t stop reading. This was a five-star read for me for a lot of reasons, but it’s a top read of the year for the simple fact that this book unnerved me. I’m not usually a fan of those mystery books where it leaves things open or leaves you with some lingering questions, but this novel sat with me for a while after I finished and I absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to see what else the author comes up with because I think at this point I’d read whatever he put in front of me!
Review can be found here!
I think this is the only backlist read on the list, but I absolutely adored this one and I’d be lying to myself if I said this doesn’t belong on my top list! Mr. Impossible was both a fun and sexy romp across 1800’s Egypt and while that alone was enough to make this a five-star read there were so many elements here that really propelled this to become a near and dear favorite of mine. I loved that the heroine was unspeakably smart and that there were many times where the hero found her intellect incredibly sexy; there was so much wit and humor and times I cackled while reading this; and the mystery elements were really well thought out and not just an afterthought here. This was literally one of the best historical romances I’ve read and cements to me why this genre is so popular.
Full, fangirling review is here!
Ugh. This book. It simultaneously broke my heart and healed it and this is a lesson in how romantic comedies should be. Full of both humor and heart, no one does a rom-com like Abby Jimenez. This book was a super fun read but the reasons as to why this is a top read for me is because the writing style is so flowy and easy to connect to, I love the way it tackles tough topics like grief in an appropriate way, it has a rockstar romance element that I don’t read a lot of but really adore when I do, and the highlight of this novel is the female friendship and the importance of being happy with yourself before being able to be happy with someone else. Both this novel and her first are absolute gold.
Full review can be found here!
So many great reads this past six months! All of these are also books I’ve recommended to people this year, as well, so if you were looking for a book rec from me these are top recs and you can check my Instagram account for a whole highlight of book recs, new and old!
Three of the five were gifted to me by my publishing friends at Kensington, Forever, and Grand Central Publishing, so thank you to those three teams for the fantastic books sent my way over the last six months!
Like I said, I’m hoping I can read more backlist books in the second half of 2020! What are your top reads of 2020 so far? Any surprises? Any let downs?