Maybe I’m being slightly premature writing my Top Reads of 2020 when there’s still a week of the year left (not that I’ve read anything yet in December..), but this year has been the first where I’ve been truly into reading for every single month of the year. It’s crazy to think that prior to October 2019 I hadn’t read properly, other than 1 book a year on holiday, since I was in primary school.
I definitely think I could have read more if I really put my mind to it.. My reading isn’t consistent at the moment, I can read a lot some days and then nothing at all for a few days, or even weeks. A major goal of mine for 2021 is to try and read every day, even if it’s just a few pages or a chapter. Reading is still a habit I’m trying to integrate into my day to day life, but I’m sure I will get there!
Of my favourite books of the year, 4 of them I read early on in the year before Corona came along and crashed the party. In a way I’m surprised that I didn’t read more over the first lockdown, but at the same time I have to remember that I was in the final stages of my degree and was working non-stop to try and not fail. I then worked A LOT once I’d finished uni. Despite all of this, I still managed to surpass my 50 book reading goal, which I’m super impressed with!!
In no particular order… because I tried ranking them and I just couldn’t… here are my top reads of 2020:
- The Familiars – Stacey Halls
- Daisy Jones and The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Sagas of Anya – Kirsten Mbawa
- Land of the Nurogons – Aiyven Mbawa
- The Choices Series – Nia Lucas
- The Family Upstairs – Lisa Jewell
- Wilde About the Girl – Louise Pentland
I also thought I would do my favourite books per genre / category. There are some that overlap with my overall favourites, but a couple of new ones too!
Classic – Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
Middle Grade – Sagas of Anya by Kirsten Mbawa AND Land of the Nurogons by Aiyven Mbawa (I’m not willing to choose a favourite between these two girls. If you want me to choose just one then you’ll have to fight me)
Young Adult – Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Audiobook – Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Non-Fiction – Educated by Tara Westover
Romance – Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Adult Fiction – The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
Historical Fiction – The Familiars by Stacey Halls
Series – The Choices Series by Nia Lucas