What a year 2020 was! Who knows what 2021 will bring, but hopefully better days are ahead in it.
When I set my reading goal for 2020, it was 50 books, a number that I have struggled getting to in the past. This year, I hit my goal in July thanks to working remotely for months and not really being able to go anywhere other than the grocery store. When I finish my current book, I’ll have read 115 books in 2020, a number I never thought I would see.
2020 for me became the year of bookstagram. I had been a watcher of bookstagram before and contemplated starting an account, but when the world changed, I figured it was time to start the account in April. I really enjoy the community there and the people I’ve met along the way. Bookstagram has pushed me out of my comfort zone with some books, made me pick up books I had never heard of before that have become my favorites and showed me that I’m not the only one who loves books and wants to talk about them. It has also made me purchase a book case because I had way too many books to store and introduced me to book sleeves and all different kinds of bookmarks to purchase.
While it was hard to take all the books I read and pick only 10 favorites, these are the books I would easily recommend anyone to read if they asked for a recommendation.
- The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose: I love a good psychological thriller and this is a great one! My favorite book of the year, it had me guessing until the very end and then had me going back to reread what I missed with the ending.
- The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker: Really, the whole series is my favorite, but this is the book that started it all. This was a bookstagram made me do it book and I’m so thankful for it, because without the community I never would have even heard of this book and now I don’t know what I would do if I was never introduced to Calla and Jonah.
- The Lion’s Den by Katherine St. John: This book was the perfect mash up of a murder mystery and a soap opera and I could not put it down.
- Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld: This was one of my most anticipated 2020 releases and for me, it lived up to they hype. It was a little weird at times with the direction Sittenfeld went into, especially when it concerned Trump, but for someone who loves Hillary Clinton, it makes you wish some of the things that happened in the book actually came true.
- Beach Read by Emily Henry: This was a book I initially passed on when hearing about it because I thought oh great another beach read…but this book is so much more than just a romance book. It deals with grief, discovering who you are and who you want to be and of course has some romance mixed in.
- The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel: I adore this book and cannot stop recommending it. This book features my favorite trope, enemies to lovers, has fantastic writing by Patel and features Liya, one of the strongest female characters I’ve read about this year.
- The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez: Having loved The Friend Zone, I couldn’t wait to get a book following Sloan and I loved this sequel even more than the first book!
- Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering: This book comes out in March 2021, but I loved this psychological thriller that left me guessing the entire time.
- Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: History, huh? I don’t know why I waited to read this book as long as I did, because I loved it so much and I wish Alex and Henry were real people you could hang out with because I adore them both.
- Open Book by Jessica Simpson: I’m not a fan of Simpson’s but after hearing people raving about her book, I gave it a try as my first ever audiobook and I could not stop listening. I loved how honest and vulnerable she was in this book and it makes me really respect everything she has gone through.