Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Books I Loved In 2020

I love to read. It's what I do for self-care 90% of the time. (The other is shopping at Target.) People ask me how I find time to read and it's really simple: instead of scrolling on social media for the 10th time that day, pick up a book. 

Here are some books that I loved in 2020. 



Grown Ups by Marian Keyes cracked me up. It's about different members of a family. One of those members gets a concussion and is unable to keep her thoughts to herself--chaos and hilarity ensues. I've always loved Marian Keyes books and this one didn't disappoint. I highly recommend reading her others. You can buy Grown Ups here





A couple moves into a home from the 1950s. Alice finds the cookbook that belonged to the previous owner of the house and learns some pretty intriguing secrets on what happened. I thought this was interesting read. I wanted to know what went on with the couple from the 1950s. You can buy Recipe For A Perfect Wife by Karma Brown here. 





Mia is happily married. But she keeps having dreams about another man. Then she runs into the man from her dream--and oh gosh, he's been dreaming about her as well. How will this play out? You'll have to pick up You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley here. 





I have read this book many times since I'm intrigued by Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife. It goes into more about her life and yes, it's non-fiction. Alison Weir has written a bunch of books about The Tudors so if you're infatuated by the crazy family as well, I recommend all of them. You can buy The Lady In The Tower by Alison Weir here. 



 

Isobel Johnson is a teacher in a school full of wealthy students. Julia Abbott is a helicopter parent. Yup, they butt heads. I was riveted by this book and it made me feel sorry for teachers who have to put up with parents like Julia. You can buy Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West here. 




I enjoyed The Hunger Games series so I knew I wanted to read this. Ever wonder how President Snow became the way that he did? This book talks about his life as a teen and how he was a mentor for one of the players in The Hunger Games. You can buy The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins here. 




I've read many books by Emily Giffin and enjoyed most of them. I always look forward to her new books. This one was about Cecily, a woman who needs Grant in a bar. They fall fast for each other and then Grant goes missing after 9/11. Soon after, Cecily discovers he was married. Da-da-DUM. You can pick up The Lies That Bind here





So Dom can't seem to stop repeating a day--the day that he witnesses his ex-fiancee Mia dying. He keeps trying to save her life and continues to fail. How can he get it to stop? Will he ever stop living teh same day over and over? Pick up How To Save A Life by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke here. 




Daphne is shocked with Drue calls and asks her to be in her wedding--mostly because she hasn't spoken to Drue in years. Daphne agrees and all sorts of crazy things occur. I've been reading Jennifer Weiner books for years, and this one was a great read. I loved how Daphne was plus sized and unapologetic for it. You can pick up Big Summer here





Ah, Jodi Picoult. I just adore her books and always get excited when I know she has a new one coming out. This one was about Dawn who survives a plane crash. She decides to head to Egypt where she used to study with Wyatt--oh, and she used to love him too. Problem? She's married with a kid. While I liked the premise of this book (I love drama when it doesn't involve me), it described Egyptology almost too much. I find it fascinating, but not THAT fascinating. Still, Jodi writes so well so I got through it. You can buy The Book Of Two Ways here. 







Jessica and Emily are mother and daughter. They are about to head on a college tour for Emily--Jessica is hoping it'll help bring the bond back. But will it? I have a teenage daughter so I know how this relationship can go. I was amused as I read this since I know all about teenage temperaments. I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman can be purchased here







**Trigger warning** Rose and Lily are twins--but Rose has an eating disorder. She's in a rehab facility and has been there for over a year. But then Lily gets into what seems like an abusive relationship so Rose strives to get better so she can help her twin. Can she? This book broke my heart a few times. I don't know what it's like to have an eating disorder. After reading this, it gave me a small insight. Be prepared for up and downs as you read this. You can buy Thin Girls by Diana Clarke here






So there you have it. These are the books that kept me thinking after I read them in 2020. Have you read any of them yet? 





30 comments:

  1. I read a lot of these! My book group just chose Recipe For a Perfect Wife for next time (I already read it and liked it!). I liked You Were There Too and Big Summer a lot too.

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  2. Sadly I do not read very much or atr all. It is good to have a good book reccomendation if I do get the urge to pick up a book and better myself.

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  3. I am so glad you posted this! I'm already on book five this year, and I need more book suggestions! I only read one (The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes) so I'm excited to look for some of the others.

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  4. Thanks for the reviews. There are a couple there I'd like to get my hands on. Thanks for sharing

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  5. I have book club tonight and it is my month to pick a book. This list was a life saver!

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  6. Great list! I read 21 books last year and I'm working on reading more than that this year. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  7. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes sounds like one for me and my eldest. I am sure we would both enjoy it.

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  8. These all sound like great books. I need to check out the How To Save a Life book as I have a friend that is going through a tough time.

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  9. I haven't ready any of these yet. I usually read in the historical fiction genre, but I'll have to pick some of these up!

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  10. Such an amazing collection of books you have here. I think I will start with the lies that bind!

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  11. I'm also into reading books but it's more on personal finance/business, self-help/self-improvement and regency romance genre. I haven't read any of the books from your list but I'll check them out.

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  12. I also love reading! All these books you read on 2020 sound really nice to read. I will check them out.

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  13. I have some of these on my to-read list already, but the rest have now been added!

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  14. Thanks for recommending. You're right,we should find time to read books instead.

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  15. I can't wait to read the first one. I love books about family.

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  16. I love reading but last year I didn't open a book, yes just two to be conpletely honest. This year I'm reading my second one already. Such a great list x

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  17. Oh wow! You read so many books in 2020, I didn't have a chance to read that much last year. Some of them seem to be quite interesting! :)

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  18. 2020 was such a great reading year for me! Two of my favorite reads were Cinderella is Dead and Queen of Air and Darkness.

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  19. It looks like you got a lot of great reading in! I've heard recipe for a perfect wife is a good read! I'm going to check it out.

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  20. I haven't read any of these books. I used to read a lot. Should go back to doing it again. Thank you for the list. -LYNNDEE

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  21. Wow! These books look so very interesting, especially the book "How to save a life". I would definitely read it.

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  22. I would like to read the Lady in the Tower. The life of Anne Boleyn is so controversial, and nobody really knows the entire truth.

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  23. Thank you so much for the amazing list! I've never heard or read any of these books, well i guess it is time for me to start taking reading a lot more seriously.

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  24. I love to read as well. I usually read an hour or more before going to bed. I find that the best time for me to read. I see some great books on your list too. I'll have to check some out.

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  25. SOOO many good books that I have to read!!! Great list, I need to read more.

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  26. I remember taking Thin Girls on holidays in August and it was such a great read. I'm looking forward to reading Recipe for a Perfect wife. It looks like I will like it.

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  27. I ended up working a lot this year, and didn't have time for reading. I haven't read any of those books, but we have the Ballad of Songbirds and a lot of the other authors I am a fan of (like Jodi Picoult).

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  28. Nice. I love to read too. Between books, and reading fanfiction online, it's a guilty pleasure... that I'm feeling really guilty about. lol

    I'll put some of these books on my reading lists. Thanks for sharing them.

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  29. This list looks awesome. I should really restart my book-reading habit and now I just might!

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