2020 for many has been a good reading year. I have read about so many different people completing their Goodreads challenges in the first six months of the year and I have been doing well myself. Although I am about half-way through my challenge of reading 60 books in 2020 I already have some clear favourites.
I have enjoyed reading so many books this year and have tried to vary my reading style and expand the genres that I read as well as looking for new authors and perspectives to read. I cannot wait to see what the last four months of this year brings as I’ll be back to balancing university reading with reading for myself.
- Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. When I finished this book I was convinced that all the events described within were real and that it was more of a biography of the band rather than a fictional account of a fictional band. That speaks volumes for the quality of the writing throughout. The plot was engrossing and the writing style was unique. I completed this within two days and wanted more as soon as I finished. I gave this book five stars on Goodreads but it deserves so many more! I am very excited that it is being adapted for TV so that I can see the band and hear the songs.
- Miracle Creek by Angie Kim. A book that I would undoubtedly have missed out on if not for my personal challenge of reading more thrillers in 2020. This is primarily a courtroom drama with plenty of twists and guesswork involved (for me anyway). The plot is controversial as one of the main plot points is the “cure” for autism that the Miracle Submarine provides as well as creating a discourse around parents of autistic children. I thought this subject was handled excellently by the author and gave the book five stars on Goodreads. It was powerful and left me reeling towards the end as all of the facts of the case were revealed.
- The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. A retelling of Homer’s epic The Iliad from the perspective of Achilles’ Trojan ‘prize’ Briseis. I have always been completely obsessed with Greek Mythology and this is no different. The raw language that is used throughout creates a strong sense of horrors women witnessed during the Trojan war. Also, the relationship between Briseis and Achilles is written so differently to anything that I have ever read before. I gave the book five stars on Goodreads. Due to the nature of this book being focused on The Iliad I will be referring to it in my University Dissertation so hopefully my love for it will be long lasting!
- The One by John Marrs. The second thriller on this list. My sister actually recommended this book to me when I told her I wanted a book that I knew I was going to love. Clearly she is very good at book recommendations! The unique plot of this book with its dual perspectives kept it fast paced and engrossing throughout. There are five characters who are focused on all with very different stories around a dating app which identifies your perfect match through a DNA sample. It was wild time for most of it but there were some chapters and characters I enjoyed less therefore, I gave the book four stars on Goodreads. This book definitely showed me that the thriller genre has a lot to offer and I cannot wait to read more.
- The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves. A contemporary romance that I read at the beginning of the UK lockdown. Also, a book that has not left my mind since finishing it. I started the year disliking romance novels, primarily because I was reading the wrong ones (with too many tropes) but this book changed my 2020 reading. The plot was brilliant and the two main characters were some of the best characters written in romance I’ve come across. The ending was a little disappointing after the incredible beginning and middle so for that reason I gave it four stars on Goodreads. I will definitely be re-reading this book soon as I just loved it and perhaps re-reading might improve my star rating.
So out of the 30 books I have read so far these five are my favourites. I cannot wait to see what the next 30 books (maybe even more!) brings me in terms of enjoyment, star rating and reading experience.
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