It is hard to believe that 2020 is ending, as it seemed like this year went on forever at times. One good thing that came out of this year is that I finally got back into reading after years and years of maybe reading one or two books a year, if I was lucky. Now I am well over 100 books read from April to December and now plan to increase that number in 2021. Although my main genre is contemporary romance, I have read and enjoyed novels from other genres and plan to continue to expand my reading library in 2021.
To wind down the year, here is my countdown of the top 10 books that I have read. Some are new releases from this year and others are ones that I came across on my reading journey.
My “bottom” five in this Top 10 list are interchangeable as there were many times in thinking about the order where they all changes places. Below is the order I finally decided on – To access the Goodreads entries for each, just click on their cover photos.
Before the Countdown begins, I thought I’d also include my least favorite that I’ve read this year.
Worst Novel of 2020: Killing Monica
Typically, I go into novels with low expectations so I am not fully disappointed if they do not turn out well. This novel, though, went well below anything I did not even expect, as it was just terrible all around. I disliked everything about this novel from the characters to the writing to the story itself. I have read the author’s other works and although the style was similar, it just wasn’t executed well. It was trying too hard to be witty and fun, but failed at every turn. I am sure there are others out there that enjoyed it, but I am definitely not one of them. [Click Here for My Full Review]
Now on to the actual Countdown with Numbers Ten through Six:
Number 10: Beach House for Rent
Beach House for Rent is a part of the Beach House series, but it can be read as a standalone and the other three do not have to be read before starting this one. One day I plan to actually start at the first and read them in order, but for now, I have at least read numbers four and five. This novel stood out to me as it takes the ease of a beach read and adds dimension as you journey through love, loss, anxiety, family, and personal growth all with an environmentally positive back-drop. [Click Here for My Full Review]
Number 9: The Switch
The Switch was the only new release audiobook that I experienced this year (the others were all older re-reads such as Jane Austen novels). This novel managed to bring two stories together to create one cohesive story as you navigate two separate generations and how they intertwine. We also, as readers, experience different living settings as the story navigates between the larger city life in London and the smaller countryside in more rural UK. There is a large theme of family and growth with the romance weaved throughout. It’s an easy read that I would gladly add to my re-read pile. [Click Here for My Full Review]
Number 8: The Unhoneymooners
The Unhoneymooners introduced me to the dynamic duo author Christina Lauren. Their writing style brings humor and wit to contemporary romance stories and this story was an absolute gem of 2019 that I’m sorry it took me a whole year to discover. Although this story wasn’t perfect, it managed to stick in my mind as a fantastic read that I would gladly re-read. After reading this story, I even picked up copies of their other novels to try and I’m slowly making my way through them. [Click Here for My Full Review]
Number 7: The Happy Ever After Playlist
The Happy Ever After Playlist is the sequel to The Friend Zone (another fantastic novel) by Abby Jimenez. The series captures serious topics in a contemporary romance setting where you get some substance behind the classic falling in love stories. Although The Friend Zone was a great story, this one was even better and I absolutely loved the actual playlist that accompanies it with the songs listed at the beginning of each chapter. The author’s writing creates easy to read stories that keep the reader interested and I’m excited for her next release in 2021. [Click Here for My Full Review]
Number 6: The Hating Game
The Hating Game has become my go-to novel when thinking back to stories about enemies-to-lovers, especially when it is work-related. I absolutely cannot wait until this story is brought to the silver screen as it is being brought to life for our viewing pleasure (not sure how on schedule it is though as it was to be released in 2021 or even if it’s still in the works). There is a lot of humor and fun in this story and I liked that the two assistants managed to find their own paths while interacting in this dynamic tale. A story that sets the bar for other novels of this genre as it’s one of the first that comes to mind when I think of these troupes. [Click Here for My Full Review]
That wraps up Numbers Six through Ten! My next post shall be the Top Five! ~Etta