As many of us know reading books became a huge habit for lots of us during Lockdown 1.0 and for many of us it became a hobby. Myself was no different. I had read a few books in the past few years but nothing like I was about to endeavour. I’d set myself a 12 book challenge for 2020 and I thought I’d do a blog post to round it off and tell you about the books I’ve loved.
Now I realise I set myself 12 books in 12 months challenge and only started around April, so I always knew I’d have some catching up to do however I was ready and set for the challenge. Now I’m finally writing up this round up post, I accept I didn’t hit my target of 12 books however I am happy with the books I did read and still want to share them with you.
The Goddess Revolution – Mel Wells
This one had been sat on my shelf for approximately 2 years before I managed to complete it. I was kindly given this book at a Stay Sassy event by the Author herself after being a guest speaker at the event. I began reading it very shortly after but it didn’t resonate with me like it did this year. Moral of the story: Perseverance.
One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus
This was one I had seen recommended by Zoe Sugg in her Zoella Book Club. I didn’t realise when I’d started reading it that it was part of a trilogy which meant there were another 2 books off the back of this ready for me to read. Without giving any spoilers away, I absolutely loved this YA plot and story-line and smashed through all three of these books in just over a month.
One of Us is Next – Karen M. McManus
This was part 2 of the 3 books series, this is the one I found harder to keep picking up as in comparison to the first one I thought personally it was a bit slower in plot and didn’t have as much excitement about it. However, once I’d finished it I was even more keen to start number 3 than I was this one.
Two can Keep a Secret – Karen M. McManus
Being the last book in the series I was so excited to read some kind of powerful ending or resolution to the plot. I was not disappointed and loved reading every minute of this one. I highly recommend the whole 3 book series to anyone who wants to get back into reading in a quick and easy fashion. Perfect set of 3.
Some Kind of Wonderful – Giovanna Fletcher
This book I actually found for £3 in Aldi in the ‘bits and bobs’ isle and my god I’m glad I picked it up. Aside from the fact it was unbelievably relatable for me in my current situation (not to the extreme of engagement/proposal) I could not have been more engaged with a book, I truly felt like I was on her journey with her and the way the book was written was so lovely and easy to read.
Normal People – Sally Rooney
This was one that was definitely on my to-read list for a while and I’d also put off watching the series as I wanted to read it first. This was something I found a little hard to get into however once I was about 1/4 of the way through I was hooked. The plot (as many of you know) is something that is a little like marmite, you either love or it hate it. I love it. Highly recommend.
You are a Badass – Jen Sincero
This was a huge recommendation to me from watching Elle Darby’s YouTube videos, I had my eye on it for a while so I guess this was just the little push I needed to actually buy it. I loved this and it is going to be one I consistently refer back to, I also do love the fact there is a reference page at the back of the book and a list of more books similar that Jen recommends. I have since added these to my to-read list as well. Highly recommend.
The Magpie Society – Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch
As soon as this was revealed, I ordered it and eagerly awaited its arrival. Once it had been delivered, I managed to finish my previous book and start this one asap. As I started it, I did find it very similar to those of the Karen McManus trilogy however I pushed through as I could definitely see the differences as well as the similarities. Having now finished it I am so excited to recommend it as I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be adding this to my re-read list (for in about a years time, or before the next one comes out).
The Longest Ride – Nicholas Sparks
This is one of my favourite movies which meant I had to read the book, especially when I found it in a charity shop for £1! Now as much as I absolutely loved the book and found the majority of it just as magical as the film, I found myself skipping through chapters (those written by ‘Ira’ – one of the characters). This I came to realise was because I was too heavily invested in only one side of the plot and because I’d seen the film multiple times I knew what happened in the other side (it’s a split story for those who have no idea). Despite this, I highly recommend to anyone (even if you have seen the movie) because the book is just as beautiful and descriptive as the film is.
And that’s all..
I know that was only 9 in total and I will admit there were a few books I made a start on and ended up putting back on the shelf for a little while (see list below) but I do promise myself to finish or restart these books in 2021:
- The Magic.
- Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race.
- The 12 Week Year.
If anyone has anymore book recommendations based on those I’ve already read, I’d love to hear them! And also any that you are reading at the moment or are on your TBR pile too. Find me on Goodreads here.
As always, Thank you for reading.