My Top 2020 Reads (So Far)

If you know me at all, you know that I am a huge reader. My fondest memories growing up were going to the library, devouring book after book and silent reading time in school. With quarantine and a lot of time on my hands this year, I have fallen back in love with reading and feel like I can not get my hands on enough books.

So far I’ve read 73 books toward my goal of 100 books this year. Here’s a few of my favorites so far.

Elizabeth Acevedo is now on my instant buy list. After reading With the Fire on High, I listened to the audiobook of Clap When You Land and I was not prepared for the roller coaster of emotion that I went on while listening. This story follows Yahira and Camino and when tragedy strikes, these two strangers must deal with the consequences left behind.

Favorite quote: “Here, despite the bad & ugly, is my home. & now I wish that I could stay. Does anyone ever want to leave the place they love?”

I read this book right before leaving for three weeks in Europe. (Ah, the good ole days when we could freely travel abroad in a Covid-free world) From the intro, I literally could not put this book down. Newman is hilarious, and her stories of traveling abroad solo had me laughing but also was so compelling and heartwarming. If you miss traveling, read this ASAP.

Favorite quote: “I wanted love, but I also wanted freedom and adventure, and those two desires fought like angry obese sumo wrestlers in the dojo of my soul.”

This book combined so many things I love – The Bachelorette, body positivity and romance. Honestly that’s the review. Don’t walk, run, to read this, if you want more than your average romcom.

Favorite quote: “Everyone wanted so many things from her – to believe in herself & to see her own true beauty, but not to be conceited, to know her place. Be more than your looks, but never speak out of turn. Don’t be defined by love, but remember, you’re nothing without it. Be a princess. Find you price. You dont meed a man to complete you. Stand on your own two feet.”

I literally read this and then instantly gifted it to two of my friends for their 24th birthdays. (hi Grace and Ang I love you both!) It’s inspired us to create our own “30 Before 30” lists. If you’re in your 20s and you are struggling to figure out your life purpose — this is the book to remind you that things get better and you’ll figure it all out eventually! This book made me laugh and warmed my heart.

Maybe I’m biased because I loved that this book took place in Nashville and called out a lot of East Nashville spots and streets that I know, but this is my favorite book of Giffin’s that I’ve ever read. When controversy strikes, how the characters in this story react show their true colors.

Favorite quote: “Justice isn’t only about what a person deserves, but also about what a person needs.”

What’s been your favorite book of 2020? What should I read next?

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