Hello everyone! Happy New Years Eve! 2020 has been an interesting year for us all, and with everything shut down a majority of the year, I definitely did my fair share of reading! As this year comes to a wrap and we head into 2021, I have been trying to keep a positive mindset as I reflect on the difficulties 2020 brought along. While terrible and frustrating things happened this year, I personally still have a lot to be grateful for. Among these on my list are these five incredible books this year (in no particular order)!
- One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus: I was obsessed with mystery murder novels this summer, but I have to say, this was my favorite. Here’s a brief description: 5 teenagers walk into detention, each for minor infractions they committed that day. There’s the brainiac, the teenage beauty, the all-star pitcher, the loner, and the criminal. However, only 4 of the walk out alive. In a murder that baffled the whole town, and the 4 survivors under massive scrutiny, who will be found guilty?
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens: I know I’m not the only one who absolutely fell in love with this book in 2020! Another murder-ish mystery, here’s a quick overview of the book: Outsiders are often the scapegoats, and that is no exception for Kya Clark, the so-called “Marsh Girl”. When town pretty boy Chase Andrews is found dead, she is the most promising and only suspect. But little do these skeptical town members know how sweet Kya has been surviving on her own for years, and how her friendly relationship with her wildlife backyard was not just one-sided.
- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey: I wrote about this incredible book on this blog previously, but if you haven’t had the chance to check it out yet, here’s what you need to know: After 5 “waves” of horrific events that have slowly torn the world to pieces, Cassie Sullivan believes that her time to die isn’t too far away. With almost her whole family gone and nothing to live for, Cassie’s wish is almost granted when she is reminded by her promise to her little brother Sam; a promise that they will always be together. On a wild ride in her efforts to find him, this endearing tale will remind you how important family is, no matter how far away.
- In Five Years by Rebecca Serle: This book was very thought-provoking and interesting! Here’s a quick summary: One of the most common questions asked in a job interview is where do you see yourself in 5 years? This is a question that Dannie Kohan has heard often, and has nailed down her answer by detailing her 5-year plan, including marrying her long-time boyfriend and making her way steadily up in work. She goes to sleep that night with a sense of peace, but when she wakes up, she is five years in the future. The catch? Her future is completely unlike what she planned. After going back to present day, Dannie dismisses her vision as a dream. That is until everything she saw that night begins to come into fruition.
- We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter: Such a terrific WWII book! I’m a huge fan of books like these, and this one was among my favorites! Here’s what it’s about: The Jewish Kurc family loves to be together, enjoying each others’ company as much as they can. But when the Germans invade Poland, they all have to scatter in different directions, many of them losing touch and spending most of the war wondering whose alive and who isn’t. A suspenseful and heartwarming story that also reminds us that family comes with an unbreaking bond, and stays strong though all.
So there were my top 5 reads of 2020! I will leave the links down below in case you want to check out any of them on Amazon, or visit any of these incredible authors’ pages. Please let me know if there’s a book on this list that you would like more information on, or even a full book report! I would be happy to do so. Thank you so much for reading this article today and any other day in 2020, and I hope you have a fantastic start to 2021!!
-your fellow book lover
We Were the Lucky Ones Amazon , (no author website)