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Sunday, 3 January 2021

Best Books of 2020

2020 has been a fantastic year for me, reading wise. I've read more books this year than ever before, and a few of them have been amazing, standout reads! It wouldn't be right for us to leave 2020 behind without me sharing these titles with you. If you haven't read any of these yet, I would thoroughly recommend you pick them up in the New Year.

This was a book I picked up as part of Beth's Book Club, and I am so pleased that I did. It's not something that I would usually read, but it was so good. Told in letters between a husband, wrongly imprisoned for a crime he never committed, and his wife who he leaves behind. This highlights so many important issues concerning race and wrongful imprisonment, and the effects this can have on both the person imprisoned and their loved ones. It absolutely broke my heart in places, and it is one I can see myself returning to in the future.

I love a good thriller and this one got a lot of hype online at the latter end of last year. I was not disappointed at all. This one was so creepy, with twists and turns throughout, and it definitely scared me a little. There were a few different perspectives to this novel, as we follow a small town, which was plagued by a serial killer 20 years ago, and is being targeted by similar attacks today. Children reporting hearing whispering at their bedroom windows at night and then going missing. Tell me that's not creepy!

This took the world by storm this year, and I couldn't wait to jump on the bandwagon to see what the hype was all about. Man, does this live up to the hype! It's amazing. Told in interview format (the audiobook is amazing, with a full cast), it tells the story of singer Daisy Jones and band The Six, who join together to form the ultimate 1970s superband. You learn about how they joined together, their journey making albums and going on tour. There's rock and roll stories, drugs and 1970s life in the States. I loved it! I'm sure everyone has already read this, but if not, get on it! You won't regret it!

Circe was my first step into Greek mythology retellings. I've always been interested in Ancient Greece and the different myths and legends, but I've always been a little intimidated by their retellings. I'm not sure why, I just always thought they'd be really hard. But everyone was talking about how amazing Circe was and I had FOMO, so I thought I'd give it a go and was pleasantly surprised. The writing was beautiful, but definitely accessible. The book follows the life of Circe, daughter of Helios, the god of sun. However, she is a strange child, who discovers that she has powers of her own, which threatens Zeus, who then banishes her to a deserted island. The story follows Circe as she learns more about her powers and meets different well-known characters from throughout Greek mythology along the way. I loved this, absolutely fell in love with Circe's character and rooted for her throughout. Definitely one I would love to reread in the future.

This was the last book I gave 5 stars to this year, and I adored it! I love a good thriller, and this was great. We follow a nanny, who takes a new job with a family in a remote home in Scotland. The home is a luxurious "smart" home, and it really looks like the main character has landed on her feet. However, things are not what they seem, with tales of hauntings and ghosts and everyone having dangerous secrets. Told in letters from the main character, who is in prison awaiting trial for murder, to a lawyer as she begs for help. The perfect read for spooky season. Very similar to Henry James's classic The Turn of the Screw, and in turn Netflix's The Haunting of Bly Manor, it was great! Thoroughly recommend! 

What are you favourite reads of the year? Anything I need to add to my TBR for next year?

Love Lexie,

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