I often talk about the books that have been on my TBR for a really long time, so I thought it might be fun today to actually talk about some of those books that I’ve actually read so far in 2020. Let’s get into it.
Complete Short Fiction by Oscar Wilde
This was actually a gift from one of my closest friends back in 2011, or so. I decided to finally pick it up this year just before I headed off to London, where I want on this amazing tour of different places significant to Oscar Wilde and his different stories. While I didn’t love everything in this collection, I found a new favourite story in The Nightingale and the Rose.
Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
I somehow managed to pick up an ARC of this while at Y’All Fest in 2018. I seriously have no memory of picking this up, but I’m really glad I managed to get to it this year. This is one of my favourite books of this year. I wrote a full-length review of it over on Of Wonderland, if you want to hear all the reasons why I loved it so much.
Angela Carter’s Book of Fairytales
Back in 2015, I was living in Cornwall with my aunt, who is also a massive reader. On the first of our many trips to Waterstones, I came across this stunning book and bought it immediately. Then, of course, it sat on my shelves unread for five years. While I’m not a huge fairytale fan, I am a big fan of Angela Carter so I loved this quite a bit more than any other fairytale collection I’d read before.
The Women of Cousins War by Philippa Gregory
This another book dating back to 2011. Here’s what happened with this one: I tried a bunch of Gregory’s fiction works, hated them all, but kept this one on my shelf. That turned out to be a good choice, because I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this. I’m still not sure I’d pick up any of Gregory’s other work, but this was good.
I honestly thought I had more books for this list, but when it actually came to looking through my list, it’s really just a lot of books I bought either last year or this year. But that just means I can do another post later in the year talking about all the ones I’ve just promised myself I’ll read!