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Saturday, 8 February 2020

Five Books To Read in 2020

Typically, I'm a massive mood reader, and because of that don't tend to make strict to-read lists. Despite that, I like to make a little list at the beginning of each year of a few books that I would like to get to during the next 12 months. So, I have collated a list of five books this year of books that I would like to read throughout 2020.

The Mime Order - Samantha Shannon
I read the first novel The Bone Season towards the end of last year, when I was inspired to pick up the series when Ashleigh from A Frolic Through Fiction hosted the Boneathon in preparation for the release of the next book in the series. It follows clairvoyant Paige in a world where clairvoyance is a crime. One day, she gets caught when she accidentally exposes herself and we follow her when she finds herself in a city kept secret for hundreds of years where her gifts are exploited. This is not my usual read, but I'm trying to branch out from my typical contemporary/romance reads and I really enjoyed the first instalment. I don't have the best track record for continuing series, so hopefully I continue with The Mime Order soon!

Circe - Madeline Miller
I'll admit, I was completely influenced to buy this by the cover, and my Booktube subscription box. I am really interested in Greek mythology, so reading a story based on Circe did pique my interest. We follow Circe, who discovers that she possesses powers. Zeus is threatened by this, and therefore banishes her. Our story follows her learning to survive alone, honing her skills and the different characters she meets along the way. I think I will love this. Stepping into fantasy reads like this is a good step in getting out of my comfort zone and I can't wait!

On The Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back - Stacey Dooley
I fell in love with Stacey Dooley when she appeared on Strictly Come Dancing back in 2018. After she won the series, I investigated her a bit and discovered that she had written a book. On the Front Line... draws on Stacey's meeting of numerous brave, wonderful women she has met over the course of her career, and explores the issues of gender equality, domestic violence, sexual identity, and ultimately what it means to be a woman in the world today. I don't read a great deal of non-fiction, but I think 2020 could be the year that I read a little bit more of it. I think this will be really interesting and hard-hitting. Some of the things Stacey must have seen, I can't even imagine.

Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
This is more of a literary fiction pick. We meet Mia and daughter Pearl, who rent a house from the Richardson family, who are the epitome of their suburban neighbourhood. But Mia has a mysterious past that doesn't quite fit with the idyllic surroundings she now finds herself in. This book is said to be full of secrets and strong feelings about motherhood, and I can't wait. It sounds like something that I will be fully immersed in, desperate to understand the secrets of the characters. I love finding things out and playing detective.

My Lovely Wife - Samantha Downing
I love a good mystery thriller, so there's no surprise that one has made its way onto this list. I saw this first on Layla's channel BooksandLala, and I was instantly interested. A married couple. Seemingly normal. But how do they keep the spark in their relationship? What do they like to do together? Murder. They like to get away with murder. Oh my goodness, this sounds so interesting. I can't wait to pick it up and explore this couple's relationship.

So these are five books that I'm really interested in getting to this year. I'd love to know what you're looking forward to. Let me know!

Love Lexie

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