Today is my 29th birthday, what?! And in light of that, I thought I would share a list of the top 29 books I’ve read since I turned 28. In order of when I read them, of course. Because I’m an enneagram 1 through and through. So let’s cut through this and go for it!
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Born A Crime by Trevor Noah, finished December 16, 2019. I highly recommend listening to this one on audio if you can. I knew nothing about Trevor Noah before I read this and I fell in love with him and his story.
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren, finished January 1, 2020. This rom com was laugh out loud funny and had the most endearing characters!
The Track Series by Jason Reynolds, read through May and June 2020. Okay, so I’m cheating by using 1 slot for 4 books, but this series together is about the length of one adult novel. I also recommend listening to these on audio – it is a wonderful listening experience and so well done!
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, finished July 27, 2020. Anything by Elizabeth Acevedo immediately goes on my list from now on, I read her entire collection this year. This one was my favorite.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune, finished August 17, 2020. What a magical, hopeful, beautiful ride this fantasy book was. Klune is an auto buy author for me now.
Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven, finished August 18, 2020. If you want a modern day Lord of the Flies, this is your book. And the audio is excellent, too! Dark and gripping, this book was a binge read for me.
Hum if You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais, finished August 24, 2020. Marais is a new to me author and I would read untying by her, including her grocery lists. This book was stunning.
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren, finished August 31, 2020. This is Christina Luaren’s first YA novel as far as I know and I loved it! It was a sweet story and opened my eyes to life in the LDS church.
The Midnight Library by Mat Haig, finished September 7, 2020. Haig is my favorite author and I dropped everything I was reading to read this one. This one didn’t disappoint. I loved it.
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reid, finished September 28, 2020. Set during the LA riots, this book taught my a lot about a part of history that I didn’t know a lot about.
The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons, finished September 28, 2020. Another debut author that knocked y socks off, his story is perfect for people who like character driven novels.
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix, finished October 19, 2020. This spooky horror novel had just enough wit, banter, and charm for me to keep going. It’s campy and ridiculous and totally unbelievable but I loved every second.
Know My Name by Chanel Miller, finished November 5, 2020. This heartbreaking memoir by a sexual assault victim was my read for nonfiction November and I think should be required reading for everyone.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, finished November 5, 2020. Here’s the deal with Backman: his books are a hit or a miss for me. I loved A Man Called One, but I hated Beartown. This one, however, was a knock out of the park for me. So well done
That’s a wrap! Were any of my favorite reads top reads for you, too? Did you add any to your TBR?