February 23rd, 2021
Earlier in January I set myself a challenge to read 10 books that other book bloggers had put on their favourite books of 2020 lists. I split it into two parts and I’ll still have to wait for the libraries to open before getting to part two (April 12th people!) but I’ve just finished the first five and I’m excited to talk about them.
Here’s the initial post if you want to know more: Reading Bloggers Favourite Books of 2020
So far it’s been a bit hit or miss. A couple of the books I absolutely loved, but one I couldn’t make it to page 100 and in hindsight I’m not too shocked about that. It just goes to show how individuel books can be and how one persons favourite could be another persons DNF.
Here are my thoughts on the first five I’ve read, and make sure you go check out the bloggers who recommended them. They have great taste in books, I can assure you.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
One of KBbookreviews favourites of 2020
This became a favourite, for sure. I didn’t think it was perfect, but it’s storytelling and atmosphere took me to another world, and I think we could all use that right now. It’s cosy, it’s magical, it’s pure escapism for the reader.
The Muse by Jessie Burton
One of FacingTheStory‘s Favourite Books of 2020
I have a bit more mixed feelings about this one. This is a beautifully told story, don’t get me wrong. But I just didn’t quite click with it. I normally like a slow build, but the ending of this one just didn’t pay off for me, and I did struggle through it. I’m glad I read it though. I’ve been curious about this one for a long time and the writing really was very beautiful.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
One of Naty’sBookshelf Favourite Books of 2020
This is a very powerful and personal account on racism in America. It’s a heartfelt letter from father to son about the racial discrimination he has faced in his life. The words are honest and informative, and I found myself mentally highlighting so many passages of this book (it was a library copy, otherwise my highlighter would’ve definitely been out). A must read for everyone.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One of ChoiceofMagic’s Favourite Books of 2020
This was the book I DNFed, and I really shouldn’t be surprised by that. I’ve had this on my shelf for a few years and I’ve put off reading it many times, citing it just ‘wasn’t the right moment’. But if I’m honest with myself, it’s because this book just doesn’t excite me.
I got about 80 pages in and I realised I was just plodding along, not really taking the story in, and decided life is too short and my TBR is too long to be reading books that aren’t interesting me. I can’t put my finger on why this didn’t work for me. Honestly, it made my head hurt and my eyes sleepy.
The Martian by Andy Weir
One of TheUnchartedWorld‘s Favourite Books of 2020
To end on a high note, Azia’s list made me finally pick up a book that has been sitting on my shelf for literally years. I’ve put it off for so long, convinced that because it’s science fiction I wouldn’t enjoy it. But Mark Watney quickly became a new favourite character with his dry, dark sense of humour. I wasn’t expecting this to be funny, but it was.
I still have five books from my list to read, but they’ll have to wait until April now, as it’s been announced that will bewhen libraries can reopen! I’m so excited to get to them, so look out for part two of my thoughts then!