Monday, 25 January 2021

Recommended Reading | Read in 2020 (My Year in Books)


With the new year now here (well & truly, this post is going up much later then I intended) it is time to look back at the wide variety of books read last year, and share a list of those I would recommend the most.

In 2020 I did share two book reflection posts, looking at my favourites for the first half of the year and the second half, however my end of year 'Recommended Reading' is slightly different to my favourites. For me, favourites are very feelings based whereas the books I'm sharing here today may not have been a favourite (although many are) but they are titles that I think should be read by others for a whole host of reasons - each reason being individual to the book, of course, however with the overriding point being a powerful story (whether fiction or nonfiction).

I read 116 books in 2020, and of those books, these 17 are the ones I recommend the most.

All books are listed in order of reading, with title links taking you to Goodreads


What book(s) did you read, enjoy, and would recommend, in 2020?
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  1. I’m happy that so many of these are already on my TBR list. I’m especially looking forward to The Five.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. The perspective of The Five is so interesting and such a strong (nonfiction) story. I hope you enjoy it when you're able to read it.

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  2. Hi Jade, I have Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo on my TBR list. I started Becoming but need to go back to it.

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    1. I actually did the same thing with Becoming when I first picked it up, set it aside, and then returned a good few months later wholly engrossed (I started from the beginning again though); Michelle Obama is an inspiring woman.

      I hope you enjoy Clap When You Land when you get round to reading it - it converted me on novels in verse.

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  3. Wow, 117 books read in 2020 - that's impressive!

    I loved Becoming on audio (my favorite memoir from 2019), and I also loved Crawdads. I was honored to get to interview Delia Owens when I was reviewing for Shelf Awareness, and she is a fascinating person - I can't wait to read her next book!

    And, as I mentioned on your last post, I love Edward Tulane and anything about Paddington! (except the newish movie - I'm a Paddington purist).

    Hope that 2021 is another great reading year for you!

    Sue

    Book By Book

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    1. Oh wow, how lucky to interview Delia Owens.

      Thank you, Sue - happy reading in 2021!

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  4. I see several on here that are familiar to me or have gotten really good reviews on other blogs as well, or just look wonderful. How To Be More PAddington just looks so cute.

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    1. How To Be More Paddington is a great little book full of so much heart.

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  5. So nice to see you post Jade. I read and enjoyed 7 books from your faves of 2020. I hope 2021 is a good year for you and your loved ones.

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Great to hear you enjoyed a number of these books also. I hope you have a wonderful 2021 - reading & otherwise.

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  6. I'm planning to read Clap When you Land this year so I'm excited to see it made your list. :)

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  7. The Five looks amazing and I've never heard of How to Be More Paddington but I think I need it!

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    1. I think we can all take some wisdom from Paddington :-)

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  8. I enjoyed Crawdads and recommend it a lot, while it didn't make my 2030 Top 16 ... I want to read Clap when you Land.

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    1. I can understand that - books are bound to not make top lists, even if you did love them. I hope you enjoy Clap When You Land, if and when, you get round to reading it.

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