The six best books I’ve read so far in 2020! Tell me what your favorite books have been so far this year in the comments!
The Romance of Tristan by Béroul
I think some people got the impression I did not actually like this story based on my review, which admits that parts of it are contradictory or don’t make sense (and segments are literally missing), but I did enjoy it! It’s wild and over the top like some of the most entertaining medieval literature, and it leads to interesting questions and conversations about God, love, duty, and more!
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is definitely a gem I’ve been overlooking for far too long. I love nearly every book I’ve read by Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, so I have no idea why I haven’t read this until now. On the bright side, I do think I appreciate a story about strong women surviving abusive relationships more now as an adult than I might have if, say, I had read this as a teen.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
I did say in my initial review that I don’t quite love this book or find it as life-changing as many people do, but I did enjoy it! It was different and interesting and quite motivational, and it made me think about everything from destiny to purpose to religion to love, so it was a very worthwhile read.
Thorn by Instisar Khanani
I love fairy tale retellings, and Thorn reminded me why. An original take on “The Goose Girl,” it kept me glued to the pages as I wondered how the protagonist would reclaim her rightful identity and manage to save her new home from a terrible ruler.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
This is a beautiful and unique novel that’s imbued with magic–but in a more subtle way than one typically associates with high fantasies. It’s also a wonderful celebration of literature. I highly recommend it.
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
I really just mean the entire Scythe trilogy when I list The Toll. Shusterman’s story is bold and original and not quite like anything I’ve read in YA recently–or probably ever. It also makes the reader think about life and death and even God and free will.