Posted on July 20, 2020 at 9:38 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Over the weekend, we shared some of the books our readers identified as the best they'd read so far this year.

Emphasis on "some."

There were too many responses to our question of "what's your favorite book from the first half of 2020" (referring to the period in which they were read, not written) to put in a single post.

So, without further ado, we present the following additions to your to-be-read pile ...

Titles starting with A to C | D to L | M to S | T | U to Z

A to C

  • A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 

  • A Pilgrimage to Eternity by Timothy Egan 

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

  • Along the Red Dirt Road by Jane Yearout

  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 

  • And the Band Played On by Christopher Ward

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

  • Big Lies in a Small Town by Karen Kennedy Samoranos 

  • Blood Orange by Harriet Tice 

  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

  • Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris

  • Columns of Fire by Ken Follett

  • Cottage in the Mist by Dee Davis

D to L

  • Dark Justice by Bianca Sommerland and Tibby Armstrong

  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

  • Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman

  • Glittering Hour by Iona Grey

  • Hideaway by Nora Roberts

  • I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb

  • Into the Fire by Gregg Hurwitz

  • Leave Well Alone by A J Campbell

  • Jemima J by Jane Green

  • Love Undocumented by Sarah Quezada 

M to S

  • Master of Thin Air by Andrew Lock

  • Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

  • News of the World by Paulette Giles

  • Old Man's War by John Scalzi

  • One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak 

  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

  • Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

  • Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

  • Sea of Ruin by Pam Godwin

  • Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse

  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid 


  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele

  • The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson

  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

  • The Color of Water by James McBride 

  • The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

  • The Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz

  • The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin

  • The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

  • The Guardians by John Grisham

  • The Guest by Cathryn Grant

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

  • The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad

  • The Longest Day of the Year by Kim Wright

  • The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami

  • The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

  • The Overstory by Richard Powers

  • The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

  • The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

  • The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani

  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow

  • The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer

  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

  • Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

  • Tombstone by Tom Clavin

  • Twisted Twenty Six by Janet Evanovich 

U to Z

  • Universe in Creation: A New Understanding of the Big Bang and the Emergence of Life by Roy R. Gould

  • Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

  • Vendetta Road by Christine Feehan

  • Why Don't the Poor Rise Up? by Ajamu Nangwaya and Michael Truscello

  • Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister

  • With the Fire in High by Elizabeth Acevedo

  • World War Z by Max Brooks

  • Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim

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