My 2020 Reads: A Recap

2020 has come to an end, and last year, I managed to read 22 books in total. While it might sound nothing considering the amount of posts I have read and looking at the number of other people, I am quite proud of it myself. Yes, I know that numbers aren’t anything and it shouldn’t define your passion and/habit. However, only a few years ago did I get back to reading. I used to be an avid reader during my childhood. Somewhere, along the way I lost my passion. In 2017, I decided to read 12 books a year. One book a month shouldn’t be that hard, right? Well, I managed a mere 10. In 2018, I repeated the goal and managed to read exactly 12 books while in 2019, it was 15 books for me. Therefore, a whopping 22 is a good number for me in 2020.


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So, without further ado, here are my books with a short review for each.

Fiction

5-stars

โš–๏ธ The Street Lawyer by John Grisham

I fell in love with John Grisham’s legal thrillers back in 2019 and he did not disappoint me one bit. After reading The Accused by the same author, I wanted to try something different by him. The Street Lawyer only strengthened my liking for legal thrillers, perhaps because they have hints of mysteries in them. The Street Lawyer does a great job of showing the broken systems in society and politics and how one man, with an awakened conscience, tries to do his bit for the undefended and poor.

Read my full book review here.

๐Ÿงน Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

Do I need to say more about this book? Anything I say about the Harry Potter series would be insufficient to say the least. A tale of love, friendship, independence, good and evil, Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone is a story of an orphan boy who has to overcome various hurdles in his life to make the truth prevail. Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone is just the first part of the legendary Harry Potter series. Generally, I do not reread books. However, this series is special enough to make an exception!

โœ๏ธ The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code is my first try at Dan Brown’s works. I am so happy with the story that I plan to return to Robert Langdon’s adventures this year too. I loved the use of codes and cryptography, along with the Biblical allusions in the story.

๐Ÿšข Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Frankly, I am not even surprised that Death on the Nile is so good. Agatha Christie is rightfully named the Queen of Crime Fiction. She is one of my favourite authors, especially as someone who loves detective novels, she is a legend. To be honest, after reading The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, I am not even surprised at any Agatha Christie book ending (if you’ve read the book, you’d know what I mean).

๐ŸŽผ Lucia’s War by Susan Lanigan

The author, Susan Lanigan, sent me a copy in exchange for my honest review and frankly, it is one of the best books I have read in 2020. It was the last book I read in 2020 and I was happy to end the year on such a great bookish note. It is a book that I would recommend to everyone – follow the arduous journey of Lucia Percival through the trying times of the 1900s. The protagonist is inspiring and shows us how one can achieve anything, irrespective of race, nationality and gender, if they just focus on the goal more than the obstacles.

Read my full book review here.

4-stars

๐Ÿ“” The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Jean E. Pendziwol

The Lightkeeper’s Daughter is the first book I read last year and it is heart-wrenching to say the least. It talks about the importance of family, love and how relationships are not formed by blood but by ties and bonds.

๐Ÿฑ Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

My first-ever book by Sarah J. Maas and I can see why she is so popular. Catwoman: Soulstealer is a part of the DC Icons series, which is one of my favourite book series after Harry Potter. Catwoman: Soulstealer turned out to be the favourite out of the series. It is beautifully written and show the life of Selena Kyle before she became the legendary Catwoman.

Read my full book review here.

๐ŸŽ„ Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin

Can I just say that 2020 gave me a new favourite author? It is Holly Martin and her happy-ending novels. 2020 has been a tough year for most of us. I read Christmas at Mistletoe Cove during December – the season of love and happiness. Holly Martin delivers the perfect emotions in Christmas at Mistletoe Cove. It talks about two childhood friends and their growing feeling for each other. It might sound clichรฉ but the way Martin delivers the story makes it a worthwhile read, especially during Christmas!

๐Ÿ–๏ธ Summer at Buttercup Beach by Holly Martin

Summer at Buttercup Beach is a prequel to Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin. The series can be read as standalones and the latter was so good that I wanted to read more about Hope Island and the character in it. It is perfect for a romantic, lighthearted reading.

๐Ÿ˜๏ธ Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin

Spring at Blueberry Bay is the first part of the Hope Island series by Holly Martin. It depicts the lives of Bella Russo and Isaac Scott. I read the entire Hope Island series backwards, not that it matters because they can be read as standalone. I did not plan to do so but after reading Christmas at Mistletoe Cove, I just had to complete the whole series. I just hope that Holly Martin would come back to Hope Island in the future. I am not done with it!

3-stars

๐Ÿ“š Murder at the Book Club by Betsy Reavley

This is one of my early reads last year. I am not particularly thrilled with this book. However, the ending deserves acknowledgment. Being a crime and mystery thriller, I did not expect an ending like that and got a pleasant surprise. Murder at the Book Club talks about a bunch of friends in a book club. From afar, it might seem that the members are very tight-knit. But, are they? If so, then why did someone within the group kill another member of the club?

Read my full book review here.

๐Ÿ’‘ Normal People by Sally Rooney

Like many people, I decided to delve into Sally Rooney’s works last year. Again, like the majority, I chose Normal People. I actually liked it. It depicts the class structure imposed by society and how it affects the lives of individuals by determining their actions and decisions. It is a serious reads and one that I would suggest others to check out as the story is a clear manifestation of the various layers of the society.

Read my full book review here.

โš”๏ธ Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass is my second book by Sarah J. Maas, after Catwoman: Soulstealer. Like the previous book, this did not disappoint me. I am not that much into fantasy but I would like to give the series a try. 2021 sure has some Throne of Glass sequels in store for me!

Read my full book review here.

๐Ÿ“– The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

This book was taken for some fun and lighthearted reading. I did not get into it with any kind of expectations. I was actually surprised at how it turned out. It is about a woman finally coming to terms with her father, who was MIA during her entire childhood. One fine day, she was contacted by his lawyer and she came to know how her Dad dies and left her something in his will. Thus, she begins to know the people from her Dad’s side of the family and let me just say, it is one crazy ride for her! I also developed a liking for modern fiction and have had read a bunch after this.

Read my full book review here.

๐Ÿง” An Indelible Day by Cairo Marques

A big thanks to the author for sending me this book to review. It is a 34-page short story. It depicts the workings of the human mind and how it affects our interactions and personality in the long run. It was a nice reads and as a student of literature, encouraged me to pick more into my critical outlook and mindset.

Read my full book review here.

๐Ÿฉ The Gift of Happiness by Holly Martin

The Gift of Happiness is yet another Holly Martin read that I enjoyed. Although it is a lighthearted romantic story like the other Holly Martin books, it is surely a nice way to find escapism during trying times like this.

2-stars

๐Ÿฆ• A Monster Surprise! by Ian Whybrow

Okay! I have to admit that I do not have any reservations about this book! I just simply did not enjoy it and rightfully so, since it is a children’s book. I guess I was just late by a couple of decades. It was a part of embracing my inner child and although, I still analysed it from an adult’s perspective, it is still a great book fit for children.

1-star

๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Mark Timlin

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) was my second read of 2020 and it did not bode well with me. It is about a boy being missing from home and his parents hire a private investigator to determine what happened with their child. The story was not knit seamlessly and it felt inconsistent at times.

Read my full book review here.

Non-fiction

5-stars

๐Ÿ“ต Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport

Is it really a surprise that Digital Minimalism got 5 stars? The best thing about this book is that Newport finds the perfect balance between surveys and practical solutions. Cal Newport does a great job of keeping it real while talking about the ways to revert the issues in our favour.

4-stars

โฒ๏ธ Time Management (Collins Business Secrets) by Martin Manser

As a productivity nerd, this is one of the few books on time management that I liked. I prefer practical ways and solutions that are more than just hacks to curb the effects for the time being. Time Management does exactly that.

๐ŸŒฑ Health Mind Soul: 8 Steps To Finding Your Inner Peace by Jeff Simpson

In Health Mind Soul, Jeff Simpson does an excellent job of advising about the various pillars of life that make it worthwhile. I got this book sent to me by the author for a review and I learnt a lot from it. Health Mind Soul also encouraged me to take my journaling habits seriously.

Read my full book review here.

3-stars

โœก๏ธ A History of Ancient Israel: From the Patriarchs Through the Romans by Eric Cline

A very enlightening book, A History of Ancient Israel is a book of lectures by Professor Eric Cline. I do not have to actually reiterate what the book is about – the title says it all. If you are a history buff and want to know how the Holy Land came into being, check it out!

Thoughts

All in all, 2020 was a bookish year for me. I loved getting back to reading and explored more audiobooks in the process. I know that audiobooks get a lot of mixed reactions these days, but for me, it is love! I want to consume more bookish content and audiobooks help me to achieve that.


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To sum it up

Now that I did a small recap for each book, here are my top 10 reads of 2020 that I’d recommend to other people (and, to you!):

  1. The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
  2. Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
  3. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  4. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
  5. Lucia’s War by Susan Lanigan
  6. Catwoman: Soulstealerย  by Sarah J. Maas
  7. Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin
  8. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  9. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
  10. Time Management (Collins Business Secrets) by Martin Manser

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Here’s is to reading more books in 2021 and having a bookish year!

I hope your 2020 bookish journey had been great too. What are some of the books that you would recommend?



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