I had to wait for the last minute to make this list because I’ve read SO MANY good books this year and they just keep coming! I wish I could include them all, but unfortunately, that’s not how these lists work! These are the top 10 books I read this year that I’d recommend adding to your TBR pile:
1) Hollow Kingdom
This one was a HUGE departure from what I normally read, but I loved it so much! It made me laugh, cry, and think.
2) In An Instant
This is one of those books that breaks you, then puts you back together again. Keep tissues handy.
Readers of Mindy McGinnis know that she doesn’t pull any punches. This book was raw and brutal and should be required reading for high schoolers.
4) The Sun Down Motel
This book had all the atmosphere! It also gave me ghost story fever and influenced what I read quite a bit in the months after I finished it.
5) Anna Dressed In Blood
You wouldn’t expect a YA horror book to be so good, but this one really was. It was deep and poignant and much more than I ever expected.
6) The Hand On The Wall
This entire trilogy was just so perfect, from the dual mystery, modern day and historical, to the characters. It was an absolute pleasure to read! (And I hear there’s a fourth book in the works!)
I’m a big Gretchen McNeil fan, and this one did not disappoint! Plenty of suspense, horror, and so, so smart!
8) With The Fire On High
This book didn’t have a lot of suspense, it had zero horror, but it had a lot of heart. It had me cheering for the main character because I cared about her future.
9) Home Before Dark
For some reason I got the biggest kick out of this book. It was a good balance of humor and horror, fact and fiction, and I really had fun reading it.
10) I’m Not Dying With You Tonight
This wasn’t the best written or the most emotional, but it kept me on the edge of my seat! Incredibly suspenseful because it was such a pertinent book for our times, 2020 in particular.
Have you read any of these? Where did they rank with what you read this year?