I’ve been in search of a new list kind of post and finally I was shown Friday Favourites.
- There is a list of bookish topics
- Write up your post, however you feel, following the topic. Your list can be a list of 2 or a list of 50, whatever you feel like. Go wild!
- Don’t want to write your favourites? I fully support a list of least favourites too!
This sounds really fun and less limiting than other lists like these. I could make a short list or a long list for the prompt – make it favourites or worst – and for some topics that’s vital!
This week’s topic is Books with S in the Title. Now I was thinking about cheating and picking books with an S anywhere in the title, but that seemed odd. Instead I decided to pick books that I read in 2020 that started with S – now keep in mind that I ignore “The” in a title. So, in no particular order, here are my 10 favourite books that I read in 2020 that have a Title that starts with an S.
Skyward, Vol 1: My Low-G Life by Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett & Antonio Fabela
I read this one late in the year, but I’m so glad I finally did. I found out about this book from BookTube and at first I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. But by the 3rd time a BookTuber mentioned how much they loved Skyward, I had to give it a go. The art style and colouring are amazingly beautiful. The writing was great, but I was hoping for more information (although I guess it is only the first volume). I plan on continuing the series soon.
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
This middle grade was surprisingly creepy for me. I could imagine it being a scary book for me when I was a kid. I loved everything about it and can’t wait to pick up the next two in the series. One thing I do suggest, read it during the Fall! This book screams Fall autmosphere!
Slay by Brittney Morris
I loved this book! I found it to be very impactful and an excellent Own Voices story. I loved how Morris incorporated the video game into Kiera’s life and how it interacted with her relationships. If you haven’t read this yet and love video games (MMOs specifically) or Warcross, I think you’ll love it.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
All honestly, I was hesitant picking this one up. I heard so many mixed this about it. But my friends said they loved it – and we have similar tastes in fantasy romance it – so I decided to pick it up. It also helped that I had the Fairyloot copy and convinced myself I needed to try because of that. In the end I loved it! Immediately bought Blood & Honey and demanding the finale!
Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith
This took me by surprise! I was expecting light and fluffy and fun. Yeah… not so much! This had me bawling by the end of it! If you haven’t read this one – GO! Stay Gold follows a transgender boy going to a new school and the experiences they have from dating a cisgender girl to graduation. This senior year of high school is full of more emotions than I had expected!
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
When I picked this up last year in 2020 I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. My friend loved the series and I had owned it for a few years. When I had picked it up all I could remember was that it was a historical fiction with classic gothic characters. I was not expecting to fall in love with all these characters – some you know from the synopsis, others get revealed throughout the series. I also wasn’t expecting the dry humour and banter – with some cute interruptions from the main characters. Trust me, this is one you’d love if you enjoy historical fiction without the patriarchy (or at least it being pointed out as bad if it is in there) OR if you enjoyed the writing style of the My Lady Jane Series (not the exact same, but you’ll see the parallels when you read it).
Sue & Tai-chan Vol 1 by Kanata Konami
OMG THIS MANGA!!!!!!!!! The cuteness of it was just what I needed in 2020. Whenever I was started to feel down, I picked up this or Chi’s Sweet Home by the same author. If you are a cat lover, you need to read this!
Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
This was a buddy read last year and I knew nothing about it. Decided to read it because the cover looked cute and I was abel to find it at my library. Brought it home and immediately devoured it! Loved it! I wasn’t expecting the rep that was involved (LGBTQIA & BIPOC) and loved the magic in it. I was expecting paranormal animal ghosts… and they’re there… but it was so much more than that!
So that’s my 10 favourite books that I read in 2020 that have a Title that starts with an S. I’m excited for next week’s topic too, so be sure to come back and check it out.
Have you read any of these? What was your favourite book from 2020 that started with an S? Comment below.