Favourite Books of 2020!

Hey guys! Today I’m bringing you my favourite books of 2020. I have read so many great books this year and I’m excited to share them with you. These are all books I rated five stars and was blown away by. So let’s get into it!

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas: I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this and I am so thrilled that I read it in the end. It’s such an amazing book and possibly my favourite out of this entire list. It’s around 800 pages, so it’s a big book, however, I was not once bored the entire time I was reading it. Sarah constantly keeps the plot moving, so my attention never once wavered. There’s so much for you to invest in and I could not put it down because of it. The worldbuilding is incredible and I fell in love with the characters – Bryce and Hunt, in particular. The ending made me cry, it was so emotional. If you’re hesitant about reading it, please just go for it. You will not regret it. It’s the perfect adult fantasy and I cannot wait to read the second one.

The Stolen Sisters by Louise Jensen: This one was an unexpected five star read. The publisher was giving away advanced copies so I requested one because I liked the sound of it. I hadn’t heard of the author before so I had no idea what to expect and I’m so happy that I managed to get a copy because it blew me away. I’ll definitely be checking more of Louise’s books. It’s not for the faint of heart because the sisters in this story go through a very traumatic experience and they never fully recover from it. They are all kidnapped when they are children and the story flips back and forth between their escape and the looming twentieth anniversary. It’s a really hard-hitting story and I felt so many different emotions while I was reading it. I felt desperately sorry for the sisters and how their childhood was so cruelly taken from them. There’s also so many heartbreaking twists and I had to take a moment to myself after I finished it because this book is just so incredibly impactful. This is a story that will stay with me and one that I’ll recommend to so many other readers.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Best Villains

Hey everyone! I’m bringing back Top 5 Wednesday after not doing it for a while as I couldn’t resist this topic. I love talking about villains and I think the last post I did about my favourite villains was in 2016! That post was very much about TV villains and I’ve read a lot more books since then so I’ll be focusing more on book villains. So let’s get into it!

The Darkling (Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo)

The Darkling is an old villain, but one that I only discovered last year. Out of the entire trilogy, he was definitely the most interesting character and he brought a lot of excitement to the story. When we’re first introduced to him, he’s very dark and mysterious and he draws you right in. As the story progresses, I thought that he had the best villain characteristics as he truly believes that what he’s doing is right despite all the people he’s going to kill or injure in the process. He felt like a very integral part of the story and I remember being disappointed when he wasn’t around that much. Despite how evil he was, I liked how he seemed to be the only one who understood Alina’s power and he didn’t make her feel bad about the entire situation. He wanted her to embrace her power and he didn’t wish she was any different because of it. I wish we got to see more of him and get more of his background story. He was such a fascinating villain and we definitely could have had so much more of him.

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Favourite Books of 2020 (So far!)

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my favourite books of the year so far. I’ve read 64 books so far and I’ve rated ten of those five stars. Nearly all of them are part of a series and rather than list the entire series as being a favourite, I’ve instead opted to pick one book from each series. It was incredibly difficult as these series are pretty amazing. Here’s the ones I picked out:

Hangman by Daniel Cole: This was actually a reread and was on my favourites list in 2018. I’m pleased that I loved it just as much the second time round. It’s quite possible the best sequel I’ve ever read – it was even better than Ragdoll (the first book). It deals with the aftermath of the Ragdoll murders and the police are also faced with a new threat of copycat murders. It’s shocking, every chapter something crazy happens and before you’ve even had chance to process it something else happens. It’s intense, gripping, horrifying, right the way through until the very last page and then you’re left with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger… it’s honestly one of the best crime thrillers I’ve ever read. I highly recommend this trilogy.

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July 2020 Wrap Up

Hey guys! Today I am sharing with you my July wrap up and I managed to read 10 books in total, some of which were short stories. I didn’t manage to read all the books I wanted to but I am still pleased with the overall number. Here’s what I read:

Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell: I finally finished the Spellslinger series! I am gutted it’s over. It has become one of my favourite fantasy series and I wouldn’t have minded if it went on forever as there seemed to be so much more to explore. One thing I would have liked to see though was one of the most prominent plots throughout the series – and the one I was most invested in – being resolved. Other than that, I’ll definitely read this series again.

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July 2020 TBR

Hey guys! It’s officially July and that means a new TBR! I have a stack of unread books on the shelf behind my bed so I’ll be concentrating on these this month. I’m going to try and get through as many as I can, but I’ve set myself a target of 10. I think that is doable so let’s get into it! Here’s what I want to read:

Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell: I’ve said enough about this series already, you don’t need to read even more about it! It’s time to finish it and I hope it’s a good ending for such an awesome series.

He Started It by Samantha Downing: I loved Samantha’s first book so I was really excited to get my hands on her newest book. I believe this one is about family secrets and always being there for one another despite how bad some of those secrets are. But it also comes down to trust and whether the ones closest to you the most dangerous. It sounds like another dark thriller so I can’t wait to get stuck in!

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Book haul – 2020

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing with you some more books I’ve purchased this year with my own money and I’m actually surprised by how many I’ve bought in 2020. I’ve managed to acquire 16 books so far this year (this doesn’t include multiple copies) and I’m really excited to share my most recent buys with you. I’ve also decided to include some of my own pictures! They’re not very good, but since I wanted to talk about the multiple copies I thought it would be best to take my own.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas: I had to share pictures of my stunning copies of House of Earth and Blood. I ordered both Waterstones editions – the hardback with exclusive red sprayed edges and the tour edition. I love both these editions so much and I’m so glad I was able to get my hands on a copy of the tour edition. I read this book when it came out and I loved it so much. I can’t wait for the second book to come out.

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May 2020 Wrap Up

Hey guys! I’m really pleased with what I read in May, but I definitely fell flat on my face thinking it was a good idea to read a six book series. I wanted to read two series in May – Spellslinger and The Nevernight Chronicle – but I didn’t end up finishing either of them. I read four out of six of the Spellslinger books and I suddenly wasn’t in the mood for the last two. That sucked massively as I really love this series. I also wasn’t in the mood for Nevernight, so instead I read completely different books. Here’s what I read and my reasons for not finishing Spellslinger:

The Sight of You by Holly Miller: I don’t normally gravitate toward contemporary or romance novels but this one caught my eye. Joel has visions of what’s going to happen to those he cares about – good and bad things. He’s avoided love because he’s always seen how it ends but then he meets Callie. Joel slowly falls in love with Callie, but then he has a vision of how their relationship will end and he has to decide whether to end things with Callie or to continue seeing her knowing how and when it will end. This was an emotional story and certainly tugged at my heartstrings, but I felt a bit conflicted with the story. It’s hard to say without giving away spoilers but I was expecting something different to happen. Also, while the beginning and the ending were compelling, the middle of the story fell a bit flat and not much was happening. I ended up giving this three stars overall.

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February 2020 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my February wrap up and I managed to read nine books! I’m really pleased with that and I’m currently four books ahead of schedule for my reading challenge. Hopefully I can keep this up! Here’s what I read in February:

Manifestations of Sherlock Holmes by James Lovegrove: This is a collection of short stories and sadly it wasn’t for me. I loved it at first but when I hit the halfway point, maybe even less than that, the stories took on a weird turn and I lost interest. I skipped a lot of them and then skimmed the rest just so I could finish it.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo: I have been eagerly awaiting this graphic novel and it was even better than I thought it would be! I loved the art so much and the characters were exactly how I pictured them. The colours were gorgeous and I became so engrossed in the story. I really hope they adapt Catwoman and Superman as well!

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WWW Wednesday!

Hey guys! I noticed the other day that I haven’t done a WWW Wednesday post since 2018 which is insane, so I thought I’d post one today. I like doing reading updates every now and again, and WWW Wednesday is the perfect way to do it.

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

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To take part, all you have to do is answer the following questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Endgame

Currently reading:

Well, one of my reading goals for February was to finish the Fawkes and Baxter trilogy by Daniel Cole and Endgame is the last book! I absolutely love this series and I have thoroughly enjoyed rereading the first two books. Endgame has not disappointed me so far and has actually been a wild ride. I’ve mourned one of my favourite characters, welcomed back another and laughed at lots of scenes. It has been quite different to the first two books but definitely in a good way. I love how it has brought everyone closer together; I’ve loved seeing them slowly transition from being wary of one another to actually working together to solve a case, especially for their friend. I can’t wait to see how this all wraps up and it’s definitely one I’ll be reading again in the future.

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