2nd January 2021 19 Comments

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I absolutely love to read; it calms me, it brings me into the moment and helps me pass time waiting for maternity appointments haha. I uploaded a blog post on The Books I’ve read so far this year, back in July so I won’t repeat those books here. I will continue on from that last post. My goodreads goal for this year was 20 books. Did I hit the target? From January to July I read 7 books, so the first book listed here will be the 8th book read this year. I love writing these posts so here is What Books I’ve read in 2020.

the night circus by erin morgenstern

I really enjoyed this. One of my fave books I have read this year and definitely one to add to your list if you haven’t yet read it. I’ve not read anything like The Night Circus before but it was equal parts interesting and magical. It really gripped my attention throughout and I loved it. I am the absolute worst at describing books so I will leave the links to each book on amazon were you can find the description.

ninth house by leigh bardugo

Ninth House would not be something I would normally reach for but I read as part of a book club AND I really enjoyed it. It went into a lot of history and there were a lot of back stories but I enjoyed the book overall. I read it pretty quickly which for me, means it’s good. It’s pretty dark but I think thats what I liked about it, oops.

the switch by beth o’leary

From a super dark book to the cutest book ever. The Switch and Beth O’Leary herself are just incredible. Beth is such an amazing author and she really draws you in with her writing style. Another beautifully written book with an amazing storyline. I love Beths Books and I cannot wait for The Roadtrip to come out. This post wouldn’t be a What Books I’ve read in 2020 post without a book from Beth O’Leary.

blood orange by harriet tyce

Another book club read that I wouldn’t usually have picked up but I loved. Blood Orange is a well written thriller and the book that made me wonder if I do like Thrillers after all. Kept me hocked throughout and actually kept me guessing, which I love. I can usually guess where things are going but the Blood Orange kept me guessing and actually shocked me a few times. A really good read.

Cock and bull by laura barnard

I really loved this book and the entire storyline. Cock and Bull isn’t very well known but it really deserves to be put out there. A little bit inevitable but I don’t mind when it comes to chick lits because I just find them really fun and endearing. A lovely book and another that I read pretty quickly. Really easy to get into and follow along with. This would be a great beach read; if we can ever visit one again that is.

the taking of annie thorne by c j tudor

This has to be the weirdest book I’ve read in 2020. The Taking of Annie Thorne is weird and creepy and just like what?! Even though it was very weird it was also one of the best books I read in 2020 too. It had a bit of everything in it and I loved the way it was written. I really couldn’t guess where they story was heading and I loved that about it. A good creepy read.

christmas shopaholic by sophie kinsella

This was a must read in the run up to Christmas. The Christmas Shopaholic is the 9th book in the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. A hugely popular book series that was even made into a film. If you haven’t read any of them I strongly urge you to start at the beginning with The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, a great book series to binge.

the little book of hygge:the danish way to live well by meik wiking

I really loved this little book. I am all about a comfy cosy life and The Little Book of Hygge is literally about making everything cosier. I love everything Hygge and this book made me really appreciate the little moments more. To live in the moment more and enjoy the little things. Highly recommend picking this up if you love everything cosy.

meet me in london by georgia toffolo

This book kept popping up on my goodreads with loads of people reading it and giving it 5 star reviews so of course I had to pick it up and I loved it. A really lovely easy to read story that would be a perfect weekend break book. Meet Me in London is a lovely romantic bestseller and one of my favourite books of the year. A definite must read and one I will definitely be recommending to friends.

this time next year by sophie cousens

This I bloody loved. 5 million stars. This Time Next Year is currently doing the rounds all over social media and there is defiantly a reason. It’s so good. Such a good concept and a really easy story to follow. A really easy to read fun book that would be amazing for a cosy weekend away. I read this in 2 days it was that good, 2 days is quick for me these days being a pregnant toddler mama. A definite must read.

i owe you one by sophie kinsella

I enjoyed this book but for me it was very easy to guess what what coming next. I Owe you One is a really easy read but just too inevitable for me. I also found the characters vert very frustrating; some were even setting my anxiety off. I still enjoyed the book as it ended really well but I was just a tad dissapointed as Sophie Kinsella is usually one of my fave authors.

normal people by sally roney

I really loved this book. Easy to read and just easy to understand characters. They seemed believable and like real people rather than people in a book if that makes any sense. Normal People has been doing the rounds on social media all year and I finally got around to reading it and I really enjoyed it. A small book so its a quick but good read.

the priory of the orange tree by samantha shannon

And last but certainly not least is this absolute monster of a book. I have been really looking forward to reading The Priory of the Orange Tree all year but have put it off due to its size. This is an absolute monster of a book at over 800 pages and I’m surprised I got through it as quick as I did. I think it took me around 2/3 weeks. A brilliant book that in my opinion is up the with the greats such as Game of Thrones. A definite must read; don’t put it off due to its size like I did.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading What Books I’ve read in 2020. I somehow managed to meet my goal of 20 books and I’m so proud of myself. Finding the time to read these days can be really difficult so I’m glad I managed to put all that time aside for myself in 2020. I’m hoping to continue reading lots. I really love it and it really does calm me. My Goodreads 2021 goal will be up soon so keep an eye out for that. Here are 3 self care books that I really enjoyed. Did I mention any books you really want to read?

Katie x



  • Lucy 2nd January 2021 at 10:47 pm

    I loved The Flat Share, that was probably my favourite read from last year. I loved Blood Orange, that was a really good read. I didn’t really like Normal People, I’m somebody who loves speech marks when people are talking and I just found it hard to follow of who was saying what! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

  • Irene 3rd January 2021 at 1:27 am

    The Night Circus is on my TBR list. I’m glad to see it getting some love here! I get most of my books from the library, which was locked down for quite a while last year, so I didn’t read as much as I would have liked in 2020. I hope to do better in 2021.

  • Katie 3rd January 2021 at 10:20 am

    OMG Georgia Toffolo has written a book? Wow, thanks for all the recommendations!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

  • Lindsay 3rd January 2021 at 11:00 am

    My New Years resolution is to read 52 books this year. I’ll definitely be adding some of these to my list.

  • Jaclyn - Jaclynistic Vibes 3rd January 2021 at 12:15 pm

    I love a good book! I haven’t actually read any of these. I did read the original Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella and really enjoyed them. So I should probably give some of these other titles a go too. Thanks for sharing x

  • Jodie | That Happy Reader 3rd January 2021 at 3:21 pm

    I’ve read several of these books and enjoyed them all (except for Normal People which dragged for me). It’s always nice to meet a fellow book lover! I look forward to reading more of your reviews!

  • Cristina Rosano 3rd January 2021 at 3:22 pm

    I haven’t read any of these yet but have The Night Circus and Ninth House on my to be read list! Now I am even more tempted to read them next! Thanks for sharing x

  • Eleanor Jones 3rd January 2021 at 3:45 pm

    I love this post, you read a lot of great books! I really didn’t like Normal People, but I’m glad you enjoyed it- and you’ve found lots of fun choices here x

  • Shyla Elza 3rd January 2021 at 4:30 pm

    This Time Next Year sounds like a great read by the way you describe it. Definitely going to be on the look out for that one. Thanks for sharing this list of books you’ve read. I always enjoy seeing what bookworms are up to!

  • Emma 3rd January 2021 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve seen most of these books and heard so many good things! I’ll have to put them on my reading list, as one of my goals is to read more this year! X

  • Reads and Ramblings 3rd January 2021 at 8:28 pm

    I loved Normal People although the style was a little hard to begin with. Sally Rooneys writing isn’t quite my thing – i tried to read Conversations with friends afterwards and couldnt get into it at all! But the Normal People series was also AMAZING!!

  • Baby Boomer Super Saver 9th January 2021 at 6:04 am

    The only book on your list that I’ve heard of is The Night Circus. My husband said it is his all-time favorite book! He said the author was a very good writer, who tied the story perfectly together by the end of the book. I will have to read it!

  • Travel Addicted Unicorn 9th January 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Never heard of any of those books but Blood Orange sounds like something I would pick up. I do like thrillers. Def need to read more this year, really love reading but not much time.

  • Brooke Ressell 11th January 2021 at 5:37 pm

    I haven’t read any of these yet. I’ll have to check them out. Thanks!

  • Sophie | Love and Literature 11th January 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Oo, we’ve almost read the same books! Great choices, my favourites were The Night Circus and The Switch (but I love anything by Beth O’Leary!) x

    Sophie | https://www.loveandliterature.co.uk

  • Jaya Avendel 11th January 2021 at 9:31 pm

    You have got so many beautiful and inspiring books on your list, simply reading the titles made me smile! The Night Circus was a lovely story in prose for me, and I loved your thoughts on Ninth House and The Switch!
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Monique 14th January 2021 at 12:53 am

    Wow! You’ve finished a lot of books last year and I’d like to read one or two out of your list! As what the other comments have mentioned, you have the same tastes as them so I think they’re great books! Keep on reading!


  • Steffanie 18th January 2021 at 2:11 am

    I want to read Blood Orange this year, I’ve seen so many good reviews! And I loved the Flatshare so I definitely need to give Beth O’Leary’s other books a go, sounds like they are just as good! x

    Stef | steffanieebee.com

  • Charlotte Zealey 16th February 2021 at 8:44 am

    Thanks for this post is has made a few more books go on my wishlist. I didn’t know Georgia Toffolo had written a book let alone had a second one coming out in March. These are something which I might have to purchase in the future when my to be read list has come down a little bit

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