In 2020, I read 12 books! I would have liked to read more but with the rollercoaster that the year became, I’m still proud of myself for ploughing through 12. During the hard lockdown, I devoured book after book. I found reading to be the best escape. And even now, with the start of 2021 starting on a sad note, personally, my nose has been stuck in three books already! My goal for this year is to read 15 books. It’s a realistic goal, and I am already three books in, so let’s see how I do.
A book club post is long overdue. I’m not even sure when the last time I did a post reviewing some of the latest books I have read but if you miss these posts and still want to see what I am reading, be sure to follow on Instagram as I’m always sharing there. You can also follow me on Goodreads which is the best app for bookworms!
Of the 12 books I read, these are the top 3 books I read in 2020:
After seeing such amazing reviews about this book, I knew I had to read it. It is no wonder it is such a hyped up book that everyone loves! The storyline just sucks you in from the very first few pages. And every time I opened this book to read, I was transported to the marsh.
The story is about Kya, who was abandoned by her family as a small child, including her abusive and alcoholic father. She lives in a marsh and fends for herself. She never attended school but a young boy by the name of Tate spends time teaching her to read. Growing up, she ends up in a murder trial where doesn’t stand much of a chance against the prejudiced people in her town. The book is so well written and so enchanting and I give it the biggest five stars!
If you’re looking for a book that makes you happy and sad at the same time, this is that book. The story is about Gus and Tess who meet briefly one summer in Florence when they are 18. After this meeting, their lives and paths cross and intertwine for almost two decades before they actually get to know each other.
I love that this book questions fate. This is the perfect storyline to get lost in. Thats exactly what happened when I picked the book up to read every day.
The most heartbreaking but absolutely beautifully written story set in Poland in 1941. After the Jews in their town are rounded up, Roza and her five year old daughter Shira, spend months hidden in a farmers barn. They are forbidden from making any noise whatsoever, except for the yellow bird from Roza’s stories that can sing melodies Shira composes in her head. Roza does all she can to take of Shira and shields her from the horrors of the outside world. They play silent games and invent their own sign language. But then the day comes when their haven is no longer safe and Roza must face an impossible choice.
This book is beautiful but sad. It is all about the language of music and an unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.