I haven’t blogged much in this space this year, and I’m not sure why. I used to be huge into blogging. Maybe one of my new years resolutions should be to do better in this space. Now I’ll share a few of my favorite reads of 2020.
Favorite YA I read this year:
- Lovely War by Julie Berry – a love story set during WWI and WWII, narrated by Greek Gods
- Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – coming-of-age story set in the UK, has a viral Youtube podcast and also talks about creativity – reminded me a lot of Eliza and Her Monsters, if you liked that one.
- Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – a novel in verse about two girls who learn they are sisters when their father dies in a plane crash
- Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson – two mysteries (one old, one new) at a boarding school.. need I say more?
- Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson – a young star is taken under the wing of a child predator. This is inspired by the story of R. Kelly, I believe.
- I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee – a plus-sized K-pop hopeful goes through tryouts to become the newest member of a K-pop group
Favorite Adult/Nonfiction I read this year:
- The All-Night Sun by Diane Zinna – a beautiful, lyrically written story about grief
- Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong – nonfiction story about the model minority myth of Asian Americans
- Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren – I read a lot of Christina Lauren this year but this was my favorite, about a young woman who fell in love as a teenager and then reunites with the lover that betrayed her years later on a film set
- The Roommate by Rosie Danan – xx rated love story about a waspy young woman who learns her new roommate is a porn star. Sex worker positive!
- The Comeback by Ella Berman – a Hollywood starlet falls off the grid and then comes back with a vengeance
- Know My Name my Chanel Miller – beautifully written memoir about a sexual assault victim who reclaims her story
I hope you all have a lovely and safe New Year’s Eve and Happy 2021.