2020 - I almost feel like just saying the year out loud is all that needs to be said. This past year was an experience that I hope and pray we don't repeat. My reading suffered at times more often than not. I still had an amazing year quality wise - according to Goodreads my average rating was 4.3 - which feels about right when I think about it. I have a tendency to set books aside that aren't working for me rather than finishing (and hating) them. I finished 59 books total for the year which is on the lower side (according to Goodreads this ties my lowest year of reading since I've been keeping track on there which was back in 2017). Living through a pandemic just meant that I was unable to concentrate on reading like I usually do - it is what it is. I did read some really great books though that I'm excited to share about with all of you. Here are the ten best books that I read in 2020:
Long Bright River by Liz Moore - This book deserves ALL of the hype that it received this year in my opinion. What do you say about a book like this? It was outstanding. I fell into the pages of this book and was absolutely swept away. The author brought the characters to life in a way that has me still thinking about them...still thinking about how realistic their struggles were and how true to life they are for so many....just wow! This is a book that deserves to be talked about and widely read. I cannot wait to see what Liz Moore comes up with next!
When You See Me by Lisa Gardner - Four books into this series and this author can do NO wrong in my opinion! This mystery series is one of my absolute favorites because every book has been such a page turner filled with suspense! I don't think that you have to start all the way at the beginning with book one (I didn't) but would suggest starting with the 1st book featuring Flora Dane which is Find Her. This book gave us so many answers in regards to Flora which has me itching to see where the series goes next. SOO GOOD!
The Shape of Family by Shilpi Somaya Gowda - This book was another one that I felt flew under the radar (of bookstagram at least) which is an absolute shame! This book was gorgeously heartbreaking at times and hopeful at others. It had characters that I STILL think about and a storyline that I won't forget about anytime soon. I need to read EVERYTHING else that this author has written!
The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea - This is the 2nd year in a row that this author has made my top reads list of the year. This book was page turning suspense at its finest! I loved that in this book we were given the chance to learn more about Rory and Lane but was written where it could also be read as a standalone (I do recommend starting with Some Choose Darkness though if possible). This book was a dark and thrilling read that I couldn't get enough of!
And Now She's Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall - This book was made my top reads of the year list easily! There is just something about the way that this author writes that I just cannot get enough of. It's the rhythm...the way that she keeps me guessing at every turn of the page...and the imperfections of her characters that keeps me coming back for more. I'm determine to read this author's entire backlist which is why I'm already reading another of her books currently.