We are half way through 2020 (Thank goodness)!!!!! Back in April, I posted an article on my favorite reads of 2020 through March. It has inspired me to continue to share my favorite reads of 2020 and thus, the April through June edition was born. With summer reading in full swing, let me give you a few more recommendations to read (in no particular order)!
Favorites of 2020: April through June
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Genre/Rating: Historical Fiction – 5 Stars
Why I Loved It: The beautifully written The Vanishing Half is one of the most thought-provoking books I have read this year. Words cannot describe how much I am in love with this story and these characters. It is a must read!
Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett
Genre/Rating: Nonfiction/Memoir – 5 Stars
Why I Loved It: Never in my reading life has two one sentence pages simply gutted me (and I mean big ole ugly cry) the way Hollywood Park had. This one sat heavy on my heart for days. A book hangover reared it’s ugly head which is a little ironic given the contexts of this book.
A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones
Genre/Rating: Romantic Suspense / Mystery – 5 Stars
Why I Loved It: A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones is in a league of its own. About twenty pages in, there is a quote that describes the town of Del Sol….”it was also quirky and charismatic and unpredictable” and boy did that not sum up this entire novel.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Genre/Rating: Mystery – 5 Stars
Why I Loved It: The Guest List by Lucy Foley (in audiobook format) is a good old fashion whodunit mystery. Set on a creepy island during a huge storm, the entire novel takes place within two days surrounding the wedding of an ambitious bride and a celebrity groom. Told in multiple perspectives, Lucy Foley delivers one awesome murder mystery.
The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
Genre/Rating: Romance – 5 Stars
Why I Loved It: The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez is one swoon-worthy, laugh out loud morsel of perfection. It has everything I look for it a romance: laughter, tears, angst and some amazing swoon-worthy moments. Romance readers will love this one!
House of Blood and Earth: Crescent City #1 by Sarah J Maas
Genre/Rating: Fantasy – 5 Stars
Why I Loved It: Anything Sarah J Maas writes is practically silver and gold. House of Blood and Earth is no different. I read this book when I needed an escape and it delivered flawlessly. Plus, I am a sucker for a badass female character.
Blow My Fuse by Autumn Jones Lake
Genre/Rating: Romance – 4.5 Stars
Why I Loved It: Blow My Fuse feels like you are watching a VH1 Behind The Music documentary. You are basically in the front row watching Kickstart rise higher and higher towards fame. The entire novel just oozes with sex, drugs and rock and roll. It is the second book in the Hollywood Demons (aka Kickstart My Heart) series.
Wild At Heart by KA Tucker
Genre/Rating: Romance- 4.5 Stars
Why I Loved It: Wild At Heart by KA Tucker is the highly anticipated sequel to The Simple Wild. It is also one of the best sequels that I have read in the romance genre. The story begins right where The Simple Wild leaves off, providing no unsatisfying time gap. Wild At Heart continues Calla’s personal growth as she navigates the Alaskan Wild and her new life with Jonah.
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Genre/Rating: Thriller – 4 Stars
Why I Loved It: Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier is so incredibly dark and twisted. I predict it will make a lot of Best of 2020 reading lists.
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