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Reading Bloggers Favourite Books Of 2020 | TBR

January 21st, 2021

Hi Readers!

This is something I started doing a couple of years ago and really look forward to it every year. I love learning what peoples favourite books of the year where, and I love reading some of the books myself to see which bloggers I have a similar reading taste to.

This has been made a little bit more difficult to complete this year as libraries are currently closed in my area due to Covid. But I’ve found a way I can still do it, it will just take me a little longer.

From all the ‘Favourite Books’ posts I’ve read I have chosen 10 books that I will read. But I won’t be reading them all in January.

Five of these books I own so I can read them straight away, no problem. The other five I have reserved from the library and the minute they open (hopefully no later than March, but you never know) I’ll check them out and revisit this later on in the year.

Here are the five books I’ll be reading in January/early February.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morganstern // KBbookreviews

I remember attempting to read this, but I ended up not finishing it as it needed returning to the library (although I did mark it as read on goodreads). Luckily, I got it for Christmas, so I can dedicate time to it now. I somewhat remember the beginning but have no idea what happens after the first quarter. Kat says this book is a hit or miss book and I’m hoping it’s a massive hit for me.

One Hundred Years Of Solitude // ChoiceOfMagic

Cristina makes this book sound so magical and I have had it sitting on my shelf for far too long. I haven’t really given the genre of magical realism a try, and this seems like the place to start.

The Martian by Andy Weir // TheUnchartedWorld

I’ve actually put off reading this because I know sci-fi just isn’t a genre I enjoy. But to this day I still hear so much praise for this book, so I think it’s time I give it a go. At least I’ll finally know whether I’m right or not.

The Muse by Jessie Burton // FacingTheStory

This is one I was able to get out of the library before they closed, so when I saw it on Darina’s list, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to read it. I’ve read one of Burton’s books before, The Miniaturist, and I remember being struck by how beautiful the writing was and I’m hoping this will be just as good.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates // NatysBookshelf

Naty put this as one of her favourite memoirs of 2020 and it’s one I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. I believe it’s a letter Coates wrote to his son about the racial issues in America and I’m sure this will be incredible.

Books I’ll have to wait before I get to them…

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo // TheInharmoniousheroine

This is a 2020 release I never got to, which confuses me because Elizabeth Acevedo is one of my favourite authors. I was reminded of it when I saw it on quite a few bloggers ‘favourites of 2020,’ but I first saw it on Liza’s. I know my local library has it on the shelf so the minute they open I’ll go in a grab it.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt // FlowersInTheLibrary

(I do actually own this one, but I wanted to split it evenly into five books each so I’ll just be waiting to get to this one).

The only reason I haven’t read this book yet is because of it’s length and that needs to end this year! Their review of this makes the book sound so compelling, and makes me even more determined to read it.

The Forty Rules Of Love by Elif Shafak // Fazila Reads

After reading it this book made it to Fazila’s favourite books of all time, which makes me want to read it even more. I have read an Elif Shafak book before, but this is the one by her I’ve been particularly excited to read and I’m hoping it’s as magical an experience as Fazila’s was.

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner // MyChestnutReadingTree

I’m really looking forward to reading more books retelling or about the works of Jane Austen this year and this was one that was already on my list, so I was so excited to see Jo enjoyed it so much!

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe // IHaveThoughtsOnBooks

I remember seeing this on a lot of people’s top books of 2019 and it really made me want to read it, but then it slipped my mind. But not this time! This is a memoir about the Irish Troubles.

What books have you read recently because a book blogger talked about it?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

22 thoughts on “Reading Bloggers Favourite Books Of 2020 | TBR

  1. Thanks so much for mentioning my review! I’m sure you’ll enjoy The Goldfinch, it is a great novel. Amazing post, thank you for writing it, I got some new titles for my reading list ☺️✨🙏🏼

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  2. Hello! It is such a great post idea! May I ask you where you come from? As you mentioned à your local library was closed, I wonder. Do you know the librarians? I know that I get along really well with my returning readers so maybe you do to! As a librarian myself, I know that when the Covid hits too hard and we are in lockdown (which is not the case right now in France, we are still open), we create a click and collect format. Maybe, if it is okay with the law, you could talk about it with your librarians. We simply open a window and give the books and tadaaa. We “just” have to let returning books “uncontaminate” for 3 days before putting them on the shelves again. By the way, are you sure they do not have more eBooks? I know we have invested in a lot of them this past year to make sure readers still had something to read if they could not come to our click and collect.

    In any case, I hope your library will soon reopen, it is so important that libraries remain active in such a tough time for everyone, but especially for culture and small shops. 🌸

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    1. Hi, thank you so much for your comment! I use Essex libraries and I am quite friendly with the staff. I even did my work experience there! Unfortunately this time around they aren’t offering Click and Collect (although they did in the November lockdown) as I think it’s just not safe enough right now. They do have a great range of ebooks but I only have a pretty old kindle that doesn’t connect with the elibrary 🤷🏻‍♀️. I much prefer physical books anyway and it’s a good excuse to actually read the tbr books I’ve had on my shelf for years!

      I’ve definitely missed the community aspect of the library just as much as the books, so the sooner it can open, the better!

      Have a lovely day!

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  3. This is such a fun idea! Love the books you have chosen they all sound great, I have a couple on my tbr too! I really hope The Starless Sea is a big hit for you, like it was for me, I really loved it!! Thank you so much for mentioning me/my review, Jess😊. I hope you enjoy all of these books 💜

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  4. this is such a great idea, i hope you’ll have fun reading these books 🥰 i’m also hoping to read the starless sea soon, it’s been on my TBR for way too long and it sounds so beautiful. the goldfinch does feel SO long when i was reading it but it turned out to be really enjoyable so no regrets there hahaha

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  5. What a great idea to read a bunch of bloggers’ top books of the year! Say Nothing topped my 2019 list as well and I’ve been shoving it everyone I know since. I hope you find it as engrossing as I did!

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  6. Thanks for mentioning my post! I think you will enjoy The Muse, it’s really well written. Thanks also for all the other choices and what a brilliant idea to read others’ top books to get inspired and add some great books to your TBR list! I might start doing the same 😀

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  7. This is such a good idea – and a GREAT list of books!! I really hope you enjoy Clap When You Land. It was the first book by Elizabeth Acevedo that I read and it was SO GOOD! Hopefully your library opens up soon~ ☺️

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