Last month I read Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall and it absolutely destroyed me in the best way possible. I’m so happy I was able to get this book from my local library, and hope more people love it as much as I did!
“Decision-making is a complex, messy activity that can lead to significant stress. But it doesn’t have to. One of the goals of this book is to remind us not to fall prey to the numerous social forces that increasingly turn making a decision into an unnecessarily anxious process.”
“The human being is complex and I find the vile acts, contradictions, and sublimities characteristic of our condition astonishing. Our existence would be an exasperating shade of gray if we were all flawless.”
Who wants another Top 10 list of 2020? No one? Cool, I made one for all the best books I read this year anyway!
If my 100 One-Line Book Reviews post was too long for you (honestly, it was too long for me too, so I don’t blame you) maybe this one will be more enjoyable. I’ll keep it short and sweet, but if you’re looking for some book recommendations for 2021, these are, in my opinion, a good place to start—especially of you like horror, speculative fiction, and LGBTQ characters.
Now that 2020 is nearly over (!!!!!!!!) it’s time for my annual reading wrap-up! I’ve always challenged myself to write one-line reviews* of books I’ve read throughout the year, and am continuing the tradition this year as well.
I had originally set myself a goal to read 52 books this year, but thanks to lockdown, I hit that pretty early. Then, I upped my reading goal to 100 books, and have since surpassed that as well. However, for the sake of my sanity (or at least what’s left of it), instead of writing a one-line review for every book I’ve read this year, I’m sticking to the first 100.
If you’re interested in seeing every single book I’ve read in 2020, feel free to check out my Goodreads. Otherwise, feast your eyes on the following 100 one-line book reviews.
And remember, I am writing most of these reviews months after finishing the books, so they aren’t necessarily good, but they are fun! (Get ready for the run-on sentences!)
*These reviews are more like the first thought that pops into my head when I think back to each book.
Earlier this month I finished The Cousins by Karen M. McManus, and wowow, what a ride! This was the first book I read by this author and I’m excited to check out more in the future. Continue reading
I finished reading Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson last weekend, but needed some time to process the story before writing a review. This book had me reeling, and I had to collect myself and my thoughts after finishing it.
All the stars to Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book was absolutely perfect! It has a ghostie meet-cute, trans characters, m/m romance, and is set over Halloween and Día de los Muertos. It made my heart explode with cuteness and stress (!!!), and I seriously can’t recommend it enough.
I’ve seen How a Woman Becomes a Lake by Marjorie Celona listed as a thriller in a few different places, and went into this book expecting a wild ride. However, what I read wasn’t what I was prepared for at all. Instead of a story full of twists and turns, I found a beautifully written mystery about how the lives of a handful of characters unfortunately crossed.
“I hope you aren’t afraid of ghosts.”
I first heard about Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour during Penguin Teen Canada’s fall preview event this past summer. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Nina LaCour’s books from friends, but I’ve never actually read one . . . until now. The way this book was described—a beautiful story full of ghosts and grief—piqued my interested a lot, and I knew I needed to read it.