5 best books of 2020 ~ Roses and Rain Boots .

Thursday, January 21, 2021

5 best books of 2020

Today, I'm excited to dive into a mini book review. 
I'll be the first to admit 2020 was a struggle in more ways than one, and my reading life took a hit! I found I lacked the motivation to read and often abandoned books that left me uninterested. As a result, I'm rounding up my top 5 books of 2020 to help light the fire of reading in myself again.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
I don't know why I hadn't read this book before. It is so good. It's a heart-wrenching reencounter of one man's journey through the concentration camps as a Jewish tattooist. I'm so grateful for survivors who have shared their stories with authors. If you are a fan of history, this book is for you. 

I LOVE a good thriller! I read this one right at the beginning of 2021. I had it on my Christmas list; it was a book club pick from Reese. I have to say her books never disappoint. Throughout the story, the protagonist is listening and following along a podcast in an attempt to solve a murder mystery. While this book wasn't my favorite, I love the contemporary take on including the ever-popular podcasts in the plotline. 

Such a Fun Age
This book was Reese's pick. I love following her book club picks because she introduces and encourages me to read books I wouldn't usually pick. We tell teachers and students that people want to read books with mirrors, where the protagonists are similar to their life or windows, read to gain a new perspective. This book offers windows into two very different protagonist lives and how they both go about handling the text's main problem. 

The Guest List
As I mentioned earlier in this post, I was experiencing a book rut this year. Working from home really did wonder for me on my routines. I thrive on to-do lists and being productive and busy. While we certainly had time at home, I found that I was always putting off things until later, and as a result, I lacked the motivation to read. This book came at the perfect time and was ANOTHER Reese's pick. If you enjoy reading a good thriller, this book is for you! It has so many unexpected twists and turns, and I found myself so invested in each character's story I was shocked at the end. This book was a 5/5 for me. 

The Silent Patient
I must admit I was nervous about reading this book because the plotline intimidated me. I don't like to read about women being harmed at all, and this book dabbled in that context. However, the main focus is exploring the protagonist's post trauma treatment in the psychiatric ward. While at the same time, her therapist is trying to uncover her motive for shooting her husband. This was another plotline that had me guessing the entire time. Plus, I enjoyed the ending. I often find thrillers to have very anticlimactic endings, and this book was an exception. 

Now, it's time to make a plan! Life long readers are readers because they make time for reading and have a plan. So next up on my TRL (to read list) is:

Chicken Sisters
Get Out of Your Head
Hush Little Baby
The Return
& The Home Edit

What was the best book you read in 2020? 




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