Ah, 2020. The year that broke us and built us right back up again. What even was last year? It feels like a dream of sorts. One from which I have unfortunately not woken up from. The world was in shambles and everything went crazy! The only thing that kept me sane was the books that I got to read. I mean, I had a lot of extra time on my hands since I started working from home and that obviously meant more books to read. I managed to keep to my GoodReads goal of the year and read 45 books!
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Looking back, there are a few titles that come to mind over and over again when I think about last year. These books should definitely be on your TBR list. So which books made my year? Read on to find out my 2020 Wrap Up in books.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig was one of the last books I read last year. I had just started my Audible membership and bought the audiobook recited by Carey Mulligan. The book asks us If you were given the chance to live a version of your life, would you take it? When Nora stumbles upon The Midnight Library, she’s faced with the choice to love a version of her life that she wished she did. I love how this book talks about regrets and how our choices can define who we are. I cannot stop thinking about it! Beautifully written and very comforting, The Midnight Library should be on everyone’s reading list.
The Beast And The Bethany by Jack Megitt-Phillips
This was one of my favorite books from TheWriteReads tour. I have never been so happy about a book! Very easy to read, I finished it in one sitting. The story tells us about Ebenezer and the Beast in his attic. It also tells us about Bethany and how she helps change Ebenezer and his outlook towards life. A book for all ages, The Beast And The Bethany made me laugh so much!
Descendant Of The Crane by Joan He
I remember getting approved for the ARC on NetGalley and I was so excited! Descendant Of The Crane was so good that I had lost the ability to think. Every single page had such a lot of character and emotion that you can’t help but love it! Hesina is one of my favorite characters, not only in this book but in all the books that I have read so far. Her search for truth takes us on an adventure across the lands and into the past where we realize that the past isn’t all that it seemed. I love courtroom/kingdom dramas that include betrayals and treachery, bonus points if it has magic. This book had it all!!
The Ten Thousand Doors Of January by Alix E. Harrow
This book isn’t your ordinary portal fantasy. What started out as a story that reminded me a little of The Secret Garden turned into a massive adventure that I would definitely love to read again. The writing is beautiful and descriptive. There is so much that happens but everything beautifully blends into the other. There is love, there is drama, there are suspense and thrill. Several scenes had my heart racing in anticipation. A few had me shed a solitary tear. The book was perfect from start to finish.
Mageborn by Jessica Thorne
The last 5 stars read on this list, Mageborn was one wild ride! I’m so happy with the way it worked out in the end. There were moments that dragged on and that made me feel like the story wasn’t going anywhere. But then the pace picked up! I couldn’t put this down and when I did my mind always wandered back to Grace and Bastien. The world-building was brilliant. The writing is beautiful. The descriptions were detailed and helped me get absorbed into the world of Mageborn. It has been a couple of months but my mind keeps going back to this book.
The Evening And The Morning by Ken Follett
It is no secret how much of a fan I am of Ken Follett’s writing. AND WHAT A RIDE! I honestly cannot believe I finished reading The Evening And The Morning. This book has been my most anticipated read of the year! Ken Follett has once again proven himself to be a great storyteller. I am so glad he started writing Historical Fiction! Pillars Of The Earth is one of my favorite books and to now know how Kingsbridge started makes me so happy! There are several parts where I cried like legit cried and I had to keep the book aside for a day before I resumed reading. It is tense! It is emotional! It’s everything a historical fiction novel needs.
The Poppy War by R.F Kuang
The Poppy War. This book broke me and built me back up again. I decided to pick this up after reading about it online and let me tell you, it is so worth the hype! I completely enjoyed this book from start to finish and cannot wait to read the rest of the trilogy. Trigger Warning: This is a war story so there are many many instances of graphic violence and descriptions that may trigger some. Be wary.
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
A Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920’s gangster run Shanghai that also has a strange monster roaming the streets. What’s not to love about this? I love Shakespeare! And to see a work of his being retold in such a unique manner made me so happy! Chole took a story and turned it into her own while still incorporating the nostalgic elements that we all remember and love. I’ll be honest, the first 20% or so felt a little slow and I wondered when will the action begin. But the action did begin? I was BLOWN AWAY. Juliette Cai is my new favorite character. And the ending!? I’m eagerly looking forward to a sequel as the book ended with a “to be continued” line. I LOVED IT!
The Thief On The Winged Horse by Kate Mascarenhas
The Thief On The Winged Horse was an unexpectedly enjoyable read. I loved it from start to finish! There is magic, mystery, and suspense. I loved how the magic was intertwined with our modern-day living and was pleasantly surprised when I realized that the book was set in our current time. The book tells us about enchanted dolls and about the community that made them.
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
This book is such a warm fuzzy read that makes you happy afterward. It is entertaining and lovely. Grandma Eileen is an incredible old woman and I wish she was my grandmother. I love how Leena grew from what we saw earlier on in the book to the strong young woman at the ending. This is a story of overcoming grief, family bonding, and how three women find themselves again after tragedy strikes their lives. The concept of a 79-year-old and a 29 year old swapping their lives is so interesting. I loved reading from both their POV and seeing their lives unfold. The elderly characters were my favorite and it was refreshing to read a book where an older person played the main role.
And there you have it! 2020 was a really good year for reading and it was so hard to pick a top 10. Have you read any of the books on my list?