Last year, I saw a great bunch of posts about what book bloggers were reading the year before, and it got me curious. What was I reading this time last year—and the year before that, and the year before that? Never one to do things halfway, here’s everything I read during every April of 2010-2020—and which ones come out on top!
When it comes to picking a June 2020 favourite, I’ve said it before, I’m saying it again: I can’t include any Potter on a ranking–they’d win every time, and it wouldn’t be fair. So excluding Half-Blood Prince–painful as that is–I think I’m giving the win to The Selection. I read it in a day, so that’s a good sign it deserves the win!
Look, Shadowhunters and Genovian books usually get instant wins–but honestly, I, Cosmo was SO wholesome and lovely, it’s already a contender for the overall best June book of the decade. (If you haven’t read it, please read it! And also rest easy: the dog most certainly does not die in this one.)
I know it’s technically a graphic novel, but the crossover is fun enough that I’m giving the win to Justice League/Power Rangers. (Also because I read the first twenty or so Power Rangers comics, and they were amazing.)
The Royal Wedding by Melanie Summers
Well, that’s an easy winner! (And an adorable one, too.)
Alice MacLeod, Realist At Last by Susan Juby
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
The Chronicles of Narmo by Caitlin Moran
Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Royal Wedding Disaster by Meg Cabot
Oof, this is a hard one! And because it’s so hard, I think I’m going to give the win to an underdog I’ve never heard anyone talk about: Alice MacLeod. Honestly, Alice is such a massive weirdo, it’s probably an acquired taste–but it’s definitely my taste. The whole series is heartwarming and quirky and hilarious, and I adore it.
The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
The Awakening and The Struggle by L.J. Smith
Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart
The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart
The Boy Book by E. Lockhart
Another really tough one! Where She Went comes a close runner-up, but I’m giving the win to The Treasure Map of Boys, because it’s my favourite in a series of books that got me into YA in the first place (too many years ago to count!).
Can you tell this was the era of John Green? TFIOS is his masterpiece, and I can’t give the win to anything but that.
Confession: I binged them so hard, the Vampire Diaries books blend into one for me, and I can’t remember which ones I liked the most–so I’m giving the win to Insurgent.
Apparently I’m missing 2012, 2011, and 2010 (can you tell I hadn’t started tracking my reading on Goodreads, and gave up back-tracking it?), so moving to…
Which June book takes the top prize as my Ultimate June Read?
I, Cosmo, a book from a Golden Retriever’s point of view–photographed with the Golden of my heart!
I called this one from the top of the post, so it’s not a true surprise! I can’t recommend this one enough. Such a deserving winner!
Do you agree? Which of these would be your favourite–or what’s your favourite ever June read?
(July’s best coming soon!)