Favorite Reads of the First Half of 2020

So… it’s clear to see that 2020 is turning out to be a pretty sucky year. But, despite everything that’s happened, I’ve read some great books! Here are my favorite reads of the first half of 2020.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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These Broken Stars was actually a reread for me! It’s the first book in the Starbound trilogy, one of my all-time favorite sci-fi series. I found myself enjoying the book the second time around just as much as I did the first time, simply because it’s been so long since I first read it! I forgot all of the twists and thrills that surprised me throughout the book, so it hardly felt like a reread at all! If you enjoyed Across the Universe, Aurora Rising, or The Lunar Chronicles, you’ll love These Broken Stars, and probably the other two Starbound novels as well!

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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I had SO much fun reading this book… I can’t even begin to describe how many times I smiled and/or laughed out loud while reading it. The Unhoneymooners is ridiculously hilarious, romantic, and heartwarming, and I encourage EVERYONE to read it, even if rom-com isn’t your go-to genre.

The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning

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This book was all kinds of awesome. A gender-bent Princess Bride retelling where Buttercup saves Wesley? Yes, please! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this beautiful book, and I read it in less than 24 hours! Sarah Henning absolutely knocked it out of the park with this incredible novel. I’m already dying to read book two! Find my review for The Princess Will Save You here!

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

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All the Stars and Teeth was a phenomenal start to a swashbuckling duology full of pirates, mermaids, and princesses! The characters in this story are beautifully developed, and I can’t wait to see how their stories progress in book two! If you enjoyed Daughter of the Pirate King, To Kill a Kingdom, or Caraval, this is the book for you! (Read my review here!)

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

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Meet my new favorite Cinderella retelling… *drumroll* Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron! This book is dark and twisted, as it’s set in a world where women have been stripped of every right imaginable. It contains so many important themes that are eerily relevant in society today, which is partly why I found the book so spooky. You can read my review for it here!

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

I read a ton of fantasy, but I’ve never EVER read a fantasy novel like this one! In Stolen Songbird, Danielle L. Jensen unravels the questionable myths that surround trolls in such an interesting way! I won’t spoil anything, but let’s just say that everything you think you know about trolls is false, according to this book, at least! Read my glowing review for Stolen Songbird here!

Your turn!

What are your favorite reads of the first half of the year? Let me know down below!

Bye for now,

28 thoughts on “Favorite Reads of the First Half of 2020

  1. melbraxton says:

    Love this list! So many beautiful books to consider. Confession: I DNF’d the Unhoneymooners! I didn’t dislike it–I thought it was hilarious–but I just couldn’t get into it, maybe it didn’t have enough tension driving me forward? As for my favorite of 2020…The Cruel Prince really stands out, (I need to finish that series) and A River of Royal Blood is sticking with me longer than I expected.

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      I feel like the reason why I enjoyed the Unhoneymooners so much is that I listened to it via audiobook! The narrator was absolutely amazing, and rom-com is one of the best genres to listen to, in my opinion. THE CRUEL PRINCE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER!!! I’m so glad you liked it! As for A River of Royal Blood, I need to get around to reading it! It looks so good πŸ˜€

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  2. notesbyj says:

    Great post! There are so many on here that I’ve been meaning to read- All the Stars and teeth, Cinderella is dead and The Unhoneymooners. My favourites so far this year have been Crescent City, Felix ever after and The Falling in love Montage

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  3. El says:

    I saw how much you loved these broken stars & since it was already on my TBR (although admittedly very buried πŸ˜‚) I found it in my library’s ebook section! Might take it out soon πŸ˜‰

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