Sunday, 3 January 2021

Top Ten Reads of 2020




Here it is, my top ten reads of 2020. I read a total of 50 books last year which was so much better than 2019 when I think I read about 20 - my worst ever year for reading! My reading mojo was all over the place last year though, one minute I was whizzing through book after book and then towards the second half of the year I was in and out of reading slumps. I'm still finishing a read off from last year which is Kingdom of the Wicked and then I will be picking up my first 2021 read. I don't want to put any pressure on myself though,  as as soon as I do that, then all the enjoyment that reading brings, goes. I'll be doing a post about my January reads soon, but first lets look back at my favourite reads of 2020.


Favourite reads of 2020



The very astute of you will notice that there are not 10 books in this photo but that is because I gave two of them to family and friends to read and I've not asked for them back.

1. Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Absolute favourite read of the whole of 2020 which I think I read towards the beginning of the year. And Waterstones quite rightly made it their book of the year.

2. The Mermaid, The Witch and The Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

This book rekindled my love for YA Fantasy. It was so good, I even got one of the quotes from the book framed in a necklace.

3. The Smallest Man by Frances Quinn

I simply fell in love with this book because of its main character Nat Davy, the smallest man in England. It was also loosely based on the real smallest man in England in the 1600's Jeffrey Hudson. 

4. Poisoned by Jennifer Donnely

I love a fairytale retelling and Poisoned was a feminist retelling of Snow White and quickly became a book that I couldn't put down.

5. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

I must admit that I was a little skeptical about this book as I'm always a little dubious when they are written by celebrity authors, but boy did Richard Osman prove me wrong! I bloody loved this cosy, feel good murder mystery centered around some OAP's who I would love to read more of.

6. I, Ada by Julia Gray

I'm ashamed to admit that I no idea who Ada Lovelace was until I read this book and I am now fascinated by her! This is obviously a fictional tale of her childhood years, but I loved every second. What a woman!

7. What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

This was an incredible read! It is becoming increasingly difficult for thriller writers to keep my attention as I read so many, but this was unlike any I have ever read! A fast paced page turner, highly recommend.

8. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder was chosen as my works book club read and it was just one of those books that I hadn't got around to reading. I can see what the hype is all about now though! Wow! This blew me away! One of those books you simply must read.

9. His and Hers by Alice Feeney

I am a massive Alice Feeney fan and so far she hasn't disappointed me at all. I love how twisty and unexpected her reads are and this one was no different.

10. In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

I am not a romance reader at all, but I had heard interesting things about this one and when I won it in a giveaway, I was quick to read it and it did not let me down. I don't want to give anything away but even if you're not a romance fan, I would give this one a go.


Are there any on here that you also loved as much as me, or maybe I am totally barking up the wrong tree? Let me know.

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