• Sushma Ramesh

Mid Year Favorites-2020

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

“The library was a little old shabby place. Francie thought it was beautiful. The feeling she had about it was as good as the feeling she had about church. She pushed open the door and went in. She liked the combined smell of worn leather bindings, library past and freshly inked stamping pads better than she liked the smell of burning incense at high mass.”- Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

2020 has been the toughest of the year so far in our lives and we are still coming in terms with it. Even in this hardest time, books have been my constant comfort, and I am happy that I read some amazing books this year from January to June! In no particular order, here I present you my top 5 mid-year favorites of the year 2020!

1. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Album | Goodreads

This is one such book that no matter what one’s favorite genre is, it has something or the other to offer! I cried like a baby at the end and that for me speaks a lot about the book I read. this book has become my go-to recommendation and so far, everyone to whom I recommended this book has loved it!

Favorite quote from the book:

“As you grow, you learn more. Aging is not just decay…it’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand that you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.”

2. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah | Goodreads

I have no words to describe this book. its pure love and Trevor Noah has my heart! I mean everything in this book is perfect for me and I can’t just decide on one thing that made me like this book. this being my first ever biography, I do have a soft corner on this book, and plus Trevor’s voice has magic in it. highly recommend this to all!

Favorite quote from the book:

“I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done in life, any choice that I’ve made. But I’m consumed with regret for the things I didn’t do, the choices I didn’t make, the things I didn’t say. We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to. “What if…” “If only…” “I wonder what would have…” You will never, never know, and it will haunt you for the rest of your days.”

3. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman | Goodreads

One of the cutest graphic novel I have ever read this year! I had read the first two books of the series last year itself and when I got my hands on the third one, I couldn’t keep myself calm! I mean Nick and Charlie are couple goals and man are they so damn cute together!

Favorite quote from the book:

“There’s this idea that if you’re not straight, you HAVE to tell all your family and friends immediately, like you owe it to them. But you don’t. You don’t have to do anything until you’re ready.”

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban by J.K. Rowling | Goodreads

I love the entire series of Harry Potter but this one has my heart! Sirius Black and Harry Potter are my favorite fictional character duos! And who can forget the genius invention of the Marauder’s map! I might as well start with a tradition of re-reading and watching the movies of Harry Potter every year 🙂

Favorite quote from the book:

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

5. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini | Goodreads

My list would be incomplete without this beauty. Mariam and Laila taught me so much about life, love, relationship, womanhood and I’ll forever be indebted to these two! This is a gut-wrenchingly painful gem of a book! Can’t stop recommending this book enough!

Favorite quote from the book:

“Miriam wished for so much in those final moments. Yet as she closed her eyes, it was not regret any longer but a sensation of abundant peace that washed over her. She thought of her entry into this world, the harami child of a lowly villager, an unintended thing, a pitiable, regrettable accident. A weed. And yet she was leaving the world as a woman who had loved and been loved back. She was leaving it as a friend, a companion, a guardian. A mother. A person of consequence at last. No. It was not so bad, Miriam thought, that she should die this way. Not so bad. This was a legitimate end to a life of illegitimate belongings.”

And that is the end to my favorites list. spot any favorite of yours? do let me know in the comment section below!

Until next time, stay safe everyone!

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