I can’t believe we’re already in Q3 of this year. Between the four of us here at Glitter Guide, we’ve read a lot of books in this past quarter. We’re all really interested in different genres as well, which makes for a really fun book roundup. Some of the books are part of our Summer Reading Challenge, but most are just what we picked up in our “free time” this last quarter. If you’re looking for a new read, one of these books will surely strike your fancy.
So without further ado, here are the best books we’ve read in 2020…so far! In case you missed it, you can catch our favorite reads from Q1 here.
I think I’ve mentioned this novel in five different places already, but it’s worth including it here, too. This is a story about a teenage girl who believes she’s a mermaid. It’s a very complicated story about post-traumatic stress and abandonment, but it’s also a coming-of-age story about love and self-discovery. It’s a hard book to describe because the main character lives in a blur of reality and fantasy. You’re left wondering what’s real. It also ends in an ambiguous way—I love that! – Taylor
Like Taylor, I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this book in many different places, but it’s just one of those incredible reads that sticks with you. It’s also a part of our summer reading challenge, but I highly recommend it even if you aren’t participating. It’s a really beautiful memoir/manifesto by George M. Johnson, a queer Black journalist and writer who shares his experiences growing up as a Black man, as a queer man, and how those two worlds clash and meld. – Samantha
The title really says it all. Set in the 1950s in Mexico, the story starts off very chilling. In a new place surrounded by untrustworthy people, the true terror is the house. Definitely worth reading if you enjoy a little scare in your stories. – Wendy
As I mentioned in our last book roundup, I was really excited to read Jenny Han’s Summer Series (The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You and We’ll Always Have Summer), and I am happy to report that I did read all three books and didn’t want them to end! Even though these are young adult books, they are engaging and fun to read, and with all that’s going on in the world right now, they were the perfect books to get my mind off all the negative stuff and pass the time. – Nicole
I thought this was an excellent memoir. Jodie’s story is uplifting and brave. It deals with issues of race, gender and motherhood. I enjoy keeping up with Jodie online, too. She never fails to inspire me! – Taylor
I can’t share my favorite books of the quarter and not include one of the many, many mysteries and thrillers I’ve read. But this new book by Lucy Foley will grab you even if you don’t typically enjoy a thriller or crime novel. It’s almost impossible to put down. It’s a great beach read or for a lazy Sunday afternoon when you want to read a book in one sitting. – Samantha
I knew I was going to read this book the moment I heard rumors of André Leone Talley writing a memoir. I’ve had an obsession with media and André has had so much fashion experience—it brought me back to my original love for magazines. It’s much less drama, and a lot more about his unique life story. – Wendy
Yes, Jenny Han does have another series of young adult books, and yes, I did read all three of them (Burn for Burn, Fire With Fire, Ashes to Ashes) in record time even though I’m in my late 30s. I seriously could not put these books down. I liked the twists that these books had in them, and unlike Jenny Han’s other books, there were definitely things I did not see coming. – Nicole
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