2020 is coming to an end. It was a hard year, but it also had a lot of good things! There were so many good books we read, so Andrea and I decided to make a list of our favorite reads of the year. Each of us chose our top 5 books that we read in 2020 and we're recommending them to you!
Andrea's Top 5 Books Read on the Year
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
I recommend it because sometimes in life we have big questions with hard to find answers. This book explores that beautifully while touching on hard-to-talk-about topics like addiction, religion, and faith.
The Switch by Beth O'Leary
If you want a feel-good book, with lovable characters, this book is for you. It beautifully explores the relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they both look to start over after a horrible loss in their family and years of being stuck in the same place. It’s a story about how it’s never too late, about the what ifs and about family bonds
The Bear by Andrew Krivak
A light and quick read, this beautiful story set in the future with the last survivors of humankind, takes you on a journey with a girl who finds her way back home with the help of a bear.
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
Another book set in the future, though not a distant one. This page-turning story will lead you on the emotional story of Franny Stone as she chases the last remaining Arctic Terns, in a world where most animals have gone extinct, and tries to escape her heartbreaking past.
How it All Began by Penelope Lively
If you like stories that take place in our world and with relatable characters, I recommend you read Penelope Lively. Her books beautifully capture the humor, pain, and charm of everyday life. How it all began is a story about a woman who gets mugged, an event that changes her life and the lives of those near to her and even people that she has or will never meet. Set in London, this charming story takes you through different character’s lives. I recommend it as an easy, feel-good novel!
Nadia's Top 5 Books Read on the Year
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
If you like books that will keep surprising you, this is the book for you. Piranesi is such an intriguing fantasy that will keep you turning the pages trying to solve the mystery of the story. The main character is so endearing you will fall in love with him and the setting is just spectacular.
Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
If what you love the most about fantasy books is the worldbuilding, you'll love Priory of the Orange Tree. The book is huge, but it has so many exciting things going on that you'll barely feel the pages go by. There are dragons, pirates, magic fruits, fearless warriors, beautiful love stories, a whole religious and folkloric system, and so many things more! This book has everything!
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
I love fantasies, and this is a book series that left me wanting more! The best thing about this book is the morally ambiguous characters it has. We all love a good villain with great cheekbones and this book has two of them! Plus, the main character is relatable and fearless. The story is great and the magic system is fantastic.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
This isn't exactly a feel-good book, but it will leave you satisfied and smiling. Told from various points of view, this story looks into family problems, what it means to be depressed, going to therapy...and amongst all this drama, there's a hostage situation going on! The characters are quirky and you'll just love all of them.
One Day I Will Save Myself by Elvira Sastre
If poetry is your thing, you should definitely check out Elvira Sastre. She's a Spanish author who digs into very personal feelings and exposes them in her poetry. I'm sure you'll find these poems relatable and you'll fall in love with her work.
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