Best Books Read in 2020: Mid-year Check In

Mid-Year Collage

Ok, so it’s a little past the mid-year at this point, but I still wanted to make this post. I’ve been very blessed book-wise this year. I joined the awesome #bookstagram community on Instagram, I’ve become an official reviewer, I’ve read more books than ever before, and much of what I’ve read has been in the 4-5 star range!

To celebrate all the good books I’ve read I wanted to make a brief post giving shout outs to some of the best. Enjoy!

Graphic Novels/Manga

Uzumaki by Junji Ito

Farmhand by Rob Guillory

Saga by Brian K Vaughan

Paper Girls by Brian K Vaughan

Chew by John Layman

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Nailbiter by Joshua Williamson

The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire

Gideon Falls by Jeff Lemire

Monstress by Marjorie Liu


Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Recursion by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Of Foster Homes and Flies by Chad Lutzke

Sour Candy by Kealan Patrick Burke

The Switch House by Tim Meyer

The Magpie Coffin by Wile E Young

The House That Fell From the Sky by Patrick Delaney

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

True Crime by Samantha Kolesnik

Bad People Craig Wallwork

Kill River by Cameron Roubique

Crossroads by Laurel Hightower

Crazytimes by Scott Cole


There There by Tommy Orange

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

The Fire This Time by Jasmyn Ward

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Ghost Summer Stories by Tananarive Due

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle


Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

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Y’all, I have been incredibly blessed book-wise this year. I have joined the amazing community here in the #bookstagram world, I joined the @night_worms review team, I’ve read more books in the last six months than the last two years, and most of my reads have been in the 4-5 star range I wanted to take a page from @mother.horror and showcase the best books I’ve read so far this year (and definitely check out her list because it’s epic). This isn’t a complete stack, because of digital books and loaned books, but I made a thorough list on my blog. I know horror and graphic novels are my thang, but I also try to keep my reading diverse Also @the_bookdad @teamredmon and others have been talking about books they recommend the most. That’s a tough question. Take all the books in that first pic as recommendations. Being a teacher most of my recommendations lately have been geared to my students, so SWIPE to see some of the books I recommend most (also not a compete stack because many of my books were borrowed right before quarantine and I probably won’t get them back 😭 lol) What have you read this year that you loved? What books do you recommend the most? . . . . #readingvicariously #bookporn #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booksarelife #booksaremagic #booklover #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #bookishlove #bookblogger #bookstagramchallenge #bookphotochallenge #promotehorror #horrorfiction #graphicnovels #novellas #bookrecommendations

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