2020. A year of sheer madness that will undoubtedly end up in the history books for all the wrong reasons. For me personally, little changed. Thank goodness I don’t live in America and I feel like I’ve been practicing for this hermit life since I was born. And yet, somehow my reading was severely impacted. I didn’t read as much as I did in previous years, nor did I even feel like reading most of the time. As the end of the year drew closer and closer, I revised my Goodreads challenge and as things currently stand I still failed to achieve the goal I set. First time that’s happened since I started joining that particular challenge. I’m disappointed, with myself, but it is what it is.
That means though, that the books on this list are extra special. The ones that pulled me in from the start; the ones that were able to hold my attention until the very last word; the ones that, for a few hours at least, made me forget everything around me. The ones that provided the perfect escapism and made 2020 that little bit better!
Note : All books published this year.
Here we go. With links to my reviews if I wrote them.
Kiran Millwood Hargrave – The Mercies
Megan Goldin – The Night Swim [my review]
Simone St. James – The Sun Down Motel
Catherine Ryan Howard – The Nothing Man [my review]
Fredrik Backman – Anxious People
Mike Gayle – All The Lonely People [my review]
Riley Sager – Home Before Dark
Will Carver – Hinton Hollow Death Trip [my review]
C.J. Cooke – The Nesting
Clare Whitfield – People of Abandoned Character
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I knew it from the moment I finished it that We Begin At The End would be my book of the year. I never reviewed because I couldn’t put into words how fabulous this novel is and I still can’t. Trust me though, when I say, that Chris Whitaker is an extraordinarily talented writer and he undoubtedly deserves a spot on your shelves! I have a feeling you’ll be seeing this book a lot of end-of-year-lists.
And there you have it. My favourite books of the year. Have you read any of them? Would you like to? Which books made your list? Thoughts? Suggestions? Criticism? Let me know in the comments!
A massive thank you to authors and publishers everywhere! Thank you to YOU, my lovely fellow bloggers and readers for your enthusiasm, your support, your comments and for sharing the book love. It’s been a tough year all around but thank goodness for books and our wee community. We made it and let’s hope 2021 treats us all far, far better! ❤️