Best of Books (so far!) in 2020 + Giveaway!

Posted July 28, 2020 by Kate

Hello, lovelies!! 

I reached a follower milestone on Instagram!! I’m so beyond happy and grateful to everyone :) Therefore… I’m hosting a giveaway 🥰 I will be picking TWO winners to receive a copy of one of my favorite books this year! You’ll get to pick out of a list of 12 books. The rules will be at the bottom of this post!

So far, I’ve read 117 books this year, and there have been so many good ones over a few genre’s, and I’m rather proud of the reading that I’ve done so far this year :)

   

Wolfsong by TJ Klune 

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Wolfsong is definitely my favorite book of the year so far, if you can’t tell by me shouting the world down about it in the last few months! It is an exceptionally adorable boy-meets-boy romance (like seriously, I was melting at the adorableness) friends-to-lovers situation… but it’s also an incredible urban fantasy read that so incredibly emotive, and features one of my favorite found families to date 💕

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

[ Goodreads | Amazon | Review ]

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater was so. so. so. so. so good! Shoutout to Bec who pushed me to finally read this one 🥰 I can’t describe the plot to you, because said out loud, it sounds wacky and tripe, but when written in Maggie’s lyrical, beautiful and daring writing style, it makes perfect sense and is SO atmospheric and fun. Talk about slow burn and found family with a totally unique story? Here it is.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

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Crescent City, as I refer to book one in the series, took the Instagram community by storm, for sure, and it’s obvious that the adult genre is where Sarah J. Maas is meant to be. I totally fell in love with Bryce (and Hunt, let’s not forget about him), but really the heroine was the star of the show here! I read this in one sitting and adored it <3

   

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

[ Goodreads | Amazon | Review ]

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez took me completely by surprise. I read this mostly so I could just read The Happy Ever After Playlist that’s been so popular on Instagram, but I totally loved this one the best! It followed such a fun friends-to-lovers situation… but it also handled some really hard issues and got very emotional. I’m still shocked this was her debut, and love that Abby wrote this to honor her friend.

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

[ Goodreads | Amazon | Review ]

The hype around Red, White, and Royal Blue meant that I actually wasn’t expecting much when I went into this, not wanting to be let down, but also absolutely terrified of it. And it completely blew me away! It’s intelligently witty, it’s adorable, it’s hilarious, and it made me genuinely happy to read. I broke out the highlighter for this, and I feel like I highlighted the whole damn book!

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

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A Madness of Sunshine was incredible! Send tweet. Okay but really, y’all know that Nalini Singh is my favorite author of all time (with Ilona Andrews), and to find out that she decided to branch out into a third genre and take on thrillers set in small-town New Zealand? !! She did an absolutely incredible job with her first thriller! It was so atmospheric and lovely and damn but she can win anything she writes, can’t she??

   

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

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The Merciful Crow is one that I read recently for the Reading Rush, and it totally lit me up. The main character, Fie, was so strong and so fierce, I couldn’t help but love her. I loved the sizzle between her and the Prince’s bodyguard, and the mutual hatred she shared with the Prince himself, which turned into a tentative but steadfast friendship. I adore traveling journey books, but this one takes the cake this year!

Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

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Warrior of the Wild is on this list because it reignited my love for YA Fantasy this summer, something that sorely needed attention. True to Levenseller’s form, it was light-hearted, quick, but totally immersive with no cracks and I fell in love. Raz was an incredible heroine that left me with all the girl-power feels as she went along her quest to kill a god, and the found family vibes? ADORBS.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

[ Goodreads | Amazon | Review]

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell was my book club’s first pick back in April, and I had so much fun annotating this one and trying to puzzle it out! A mystery/time-travel/historical fantasy all in one bite, this was such a fun read to annotate! Not to mention, I love a good magical heist and this one was totally delivering on the goods!

   

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

[ Goodreads | Kindle Unlimited | Review]

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me would be further up this list if it wasn’t a reread. I have no idea where I was when I read it the first time that I didn’t get completely obsessed, but this read kept m up until 6:30am I loved it so much! Aiden Graves is my new book boyfriend, and I was so in love with their story! Workplace romance turned roommates with a marriage of convenience turned friends-to-lovers slow-burn story?! <3

Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

[ Goodreads | Kindle Unlimited | Review]

Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata totally shocked me this past Spring. It’s an epistolary romance that’s an emphasis on the “epistolary” part, and I ADORED IT!! The first 50% is IM’s, emails and letters between Ruby and her marine pen-pal, and it’s absolutely incredible, I’ve read it twice this year 🥰 It’s kept me up past 4am both times, and also made me cry at their first meeting, too :)

Kulti by Mariana Zapata

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Kulti by the slow-burn queen is another that I’ve already read twice this year! A dislike-to-friends-to-lovers mentor story that is just so lovely, that it really encapsulates why Mariana Zapata is the head of her field in slow-burn romances. It’s just so immersive and feels quick, even if the romance is anything but. I loved their friendship, and not to mention unrequited love?! My favorite <3

how to enter the giveaway …

  1. Hit the “follow blog” button on the sidebar!
  2. Leave a comment telling me about your favorite book(s) of the year so far!
  3. Head over to my Instagram post for more instructions! (Click here)
  4. Good luck!! 🥰


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