Ranking the books I read in 2020

Hey guys! Today I am ranking all the books I’ve read in 2020. I won’t be doing in-depth reviews for them but linking to the reviews instead. I will be explaining the position of each book and if I recommend it. We’ll be starting at the worst and ending at the best. Okay, let’s get into it!

2 Star Books

20. I have only one two-star book this year and it’s The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White. I would not recommend this book to anyone, it wasn’t worth it. The book was confusing and the main character was annoying. I also predicted everything that was going to happen. If you are interested in ancient deities there are books that do a better job.

3 Star Books

19. Just above the worst book I’ve read is Frankenstein. I was just bored while reading this book. I would recommend it if you’re interested and if you enjoy classics, but if you’re looking for a spooky book then pass.

18. The biggest disappointment was Where the Crawdads Sing. It’s not a bad book. There was just a lot of hype around it and it wasn’t what I had expected. If you enjoy nature writing then you will love it.

17. The Woman in the Window was mediocre, which is why it got 3 stars. It was interesting reading about an agoraphobe during a pandemic. But there are way better thrillers out there.

16. Another disappointment was The Siren. I love Kiera Cass and this just wasn’t as good as her other books. The story was so original but the main character was annoying.

15. Up next is Sapiens. I was excited to learn a lot but it turned out I already knew a lot of what Harari discussed in this book. If you’re interested in history but don’t know a lot about the subject then I would recommend it.

14. Right in the middle of the pack is Hunger Journeys. I enjoyed reading from a Dutch perspective during World War 2. The book lost points for lack of character development and a rushed ending.

13. 2020 was the year of sequels/prequels to popular books from my teenage years. Midnight Sun reignited mine (and half of the internet’s) obsession with Twilight. There were many issues with the book but it was fun to revisit the world.

3.5 Stars books

12. I read Voyager and Drums of Autumn (Outlander books 3 & 4) this year. I don’t have a review for them because I’m waiting until I finish the series. But I wanted this to be a master list so that’s why I’m including them. If you ever want my thoughts on Outlander just let me know.

11. My first time reading a stand-alone dystopian novel was with Restoring Harmony. I enjoyed the world that was built but found the main character to be one dimensional. A pretty quick and easy read.

10. Mad Love really surprised me. I thought it was going to be a fun and easy YA romance but there was a lot of magical realism and darker themes thrown in. It was a surprising but interesting read.

9. I loved the Hunger Games when I was younger, and The Ballad of Songbirbs and Snakes cemented my love for it now. It was unnecessarily long at points, but I love the morally grey character of Coriolanus Snow and enjoyed reading his backstory.

8. Gimme a Call would probably be my favourite book if I was younger. I loved the concept and it was fun to read a book set in the late 2000s. I couldn’t handle all the second-hand embarrassment though.

4 Star books

7. The only book I reread (by accident) was The Truth About Forever. I know not everyone likes Sarah Dessen, but I love her books and thoroughly enjoyed the predictability of this one.

6. I love a good historical romance and The Lacey Chronicles did not disappoint. It incorporated some of the negative aspects of history but still had the happy ending I wanted.

5. I’m not a big non-fiction reader, but Educated was amazing. I still periodically think and reflect on what I’ve read in this book. That’s a sign of a good book.

4. The Blood and Ash series isn’t over yet so the rating may change. But so far I’m giving it a 4.25. Really excited to see where this series goes.

4.5 Star books

3. I loved Handmaid’s Tale, and The Testaments was a great sequel to the novel. Atwood created some complex characters and also made this book more readable than the last. I also found the ending to be super satisfying as well.

5 Star books

2. Listen, I think we all know I absolutely love the Throne of Glass series. Not only is it an amazing series that felt like an epic journey, but it also introduced me to the booktok community which I enjoy so much.

1 The final book is The Hate U Give. I just finished it last night so I don’t have a review yet but this book is amazing. I have zero complaints and I think everyone should read this book.

And those are all the books I’ve read this year. I have read 31 books this year (and hopefully I can read a couple more before the new year). I’m so happy that I got back into reading this year – one of the few good things about the pandemic for me. Please let me know in the comments what some of your favourite books that you’ve read this year!

xoxo

Lea

Book Review 005

Hey guys! Today I am reviewing the books that I read over my holidays. I finished another book that is apart of a series, so I will post that review once I finish the full series. For now, I have two cute little YA novels that both made me cry.

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The first book is Life As It Comes by Anne-Laure Bondoux. This book from France and has been translated into English. The translator did a great job, it didn’t notice at all that it was a translation. Overall the novel is very easy to read. I read it in two days but could have easily read it in one. The language is simple and flows quite easily, so I found myself breezing through the pages.

The story is also very simple on the surface, but the emotions and themes are much deeper. The story follows two sisters, Mado and Patty, during the first summer after their parents have died. It’s a coming of age story but focuses on death and life and the bond between sisters. It made me really sit back and think sometimes, and I found myself reflecting on the story when I was doing other things. It’s a young adult novel but still grabs my attention now that I’m older. Overall I think it was a very short and sweet novel. It’s perfect for a quick read on the beach.

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The second novel I read was Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott. The novel follows two teens with cystic fibrosis, Stella and Will. As someone who has done fundraising for cystic fibrosis, I wanted to read this novel to learn more about the disease. I would probably recommend doing some research about CF before reading the novel. Otherwise you may find yourself having to do some research as you read. I was fine since I knew about CF, but just a recommendation.

I love the characters. Lippincott created a small cast but made the characters so complex. I fell in love with all the characters, despite their flaws. This show is also quite heavy, dealing with the philosophy of death and living. This was also a very emotional novel. I was reading this book on the beach, and I was casually sobbing at the end. 😂 The novel does have happy and bright moments, but I will say that the overall tone of the novel is very pensive and sad. Now I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say that while it wasn’t perfect and happy, I still liked the ending. It felt like the right ending. I would definitely recommend this novel, but it’s more of a curled by the fire book than a beach book haha.

And that’s my thoughts on these two novels. Let me know some of your recent favourite books in the comments, I’m always looking for some to add to my reading list!

xoxo

Lea

Six Summer Reading Recommendations

Hey guys! We are half way through summer, and by now you might have already read through your summer reading list. So I have six recommendations, two of which are series, to add to your list. For me, the perfect summer book is easy to read, has a compelling story line that makes me want to binge-read and a little bit of romance. I want to preface that if you are looking for serious, thought-provoking books, this isn’t really the list for you (except maybe the last one). Most of these are light and fun, but I did try to put some variety in the list. Anyways, my recommendations:

summer reading recs

Classic Beach Read – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This is a classic beach read in the sense that it’s a YA chick-flick kind of book. The story is about a girl named Anna who moves from the US to attend a boarding school in France. She (of course) develops a friendship/crush on a British boy, and the rom-com ensues. The story is easy to read and quite absorbing, but the French boarding school element adds some variety. I was able to learn a little bit about Paris and France, so it added something to being just a simple novel. Now this book isn’t for everyone, but it is totally cheesy and can be a little much sometime, but sometimes that’s just what I’m looking for.

Classic Beach Read x 3 – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han

If you want to read a full review of this series, check out my blog post about it! This series is perfect for summer because it’s simple and easy to read. It’s cheesy, with tons of those moments that give you second hand embarrassment. But the scenes with Peter K are just so cute and worth it. I read through this novels pretty quick, and now I’m excited to watch the movie!

The Bachelor Meets Hunger Games – The Selection series by Kiera Cass

This series was my summer read for a couple of summers. I read the books as they came out, so it was a new book in the series each summer. I just associate these books with summer for some reason! Anyways, the series is about a future with a caste system (similar to Hunger games). A bunch of girls compete to win the prince’s love and become a princess (Bachelor). This book is just super fun to read. There are so many twists and turns, but also just some petty girl drama as well. The series does have some political commentary, but it’s pretty obvious and surface level. The plot line is just so unlike other YA novels that I had a lot of fun reading it.

YA Contemporary with a Twist – Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

This is different that your average YA novel because the main character, Samantha, has OCD. It has the foundation of your average novel with the high school drama and the romance, but it also tackles many important issues with mental health and illness. I found this book addicting because I wanted to read more about the romance but I also wanted to learn more about Samantha and how she deals with her OCD. This novel also has a wild plot twist near the end, so this novel is truely a roller-coaster ride.

Groundhog Day meets Mean Girls but darker – Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

The movie doesn’t do this book justice. Like it was good, but there is so much more depth in the novel. The novel follows the story of Sam, bitchy mean girl who dies on February 12 and relives the day multiple times. Sam is such a well developed character – you like her and you hate her at the same time. I was extremely absorbed into the plot line, I kept on wanting to know what Sam would do when she woke up again. This story is so interesting and so unlike anything else I’ve read. I read this novel back in high school, and I still sometimes think about passages in the novel. It’s thought-provoking, and that ending. Man I cried. Just read the book and don’t watch the movie.

An Addictive ‘What If’ – Every Day by David Levithan

This book makes you think without going too deep. The story follows ‘A’ who wakes up every day in a new body – male and female but always the same age. ‘A’ falls in love with a girl named Rhiannon, and they try to make their relationship work amist ‘A’ interesting circumstances. This is a novel where I actually find the romance to be some of the least interesting part. I was always curious to see what body ‘A’ will wake up in. But what I like most about this novel is the philosophical debates that Levithan brings forward to the reader. The book discusses gender, disability, and mental health. It also discusses being a bystander and when to step in. I often found myself sitting and thinking about aspects of this novel. Yes there are some technical plot holes (you never really understand how A is the way it is) but I was so addictive to this novel. The writing is simple and something you will just speed through.

And those are my six summer reads recommendations! Let me know if you guys liked this type of post, I can do other ones like historical-fiction or series or even my all time fave books!

xoxo

Lea