Top 8 Books of 2020!

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This may be a tad depressing, but I have truly never been more excited for a to end! 2020 has been a year straight from hell, and I am hoping for a lot of positivity, health, and healing for everyone in 2021. Fortunately, one of my favourite strategies to escape from all of the horrible things this year brought on was to read a lot of books! I completed my original 2020 Goodreads reading challenge of 45 books, and ended up reading a total of 50 books this year! Last year I completed 58 books, and I definitely could have surpassed that goal if I continued reading at a high pace during the last quarter of the year. With school and some other personal things, I had practically no motivation to read if the book was not for school, but I hope things will change and I will be more motivated heading into 2021.

That being said, I managed to read some phenomenal books in 2020! I read loads of 2020 new-releases (thanks to some book shopping retail therapy!), and was so happy with all of the novels I picked up this year. Out of the 50 books I completed, I have selected eight novels that solidified themselves as new all-time favourite novels!

#8: Playing Nice by J.P. Delaney

This was one of my favourite thrillers of 2020! Ironically, last year, JP Delaney’s 2019 publication was on my top books of 2019 list, but I have to say that I enjoyed this one even more! I love a good family driven thriller, and that was exactly what this book was all about. This thriller had SO many unexpected twists and turns, and I absolutely loved it. You can read my full review of this novel here!

#7: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This book absolutely blew me away. Believe it or not, prior to 2020 I had never had the chance to fully read this novel, and I am so glad I did. This book features some of the best written characters I have ever read about. Additionally, this book moved me to tears on several occasions, especially since so many of my elder family members have memories from WW2 that are just as frightening as the ones featured in this novel. Because of this book, I plan on reading some more historical fiction novels next year!

#6: The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Beth O’Leary’s 2019 release, The Flatshare, just missed my top reads of 2019 list, so I am incredibly happy that this one made it so high on my 2020 top books list! This book was such a delight to reader, and featured some incredibly memorable characters and storylines. Historically, I tend to avoid adult contemporary novels because I often find them very predictable and forgettable. However, this one was not like that at all! I had such a fantastic time reading this novel, and I cannot wait to read all of Beth O’Leary’s future releases! You can read my full review of this novel here!

#5: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Thousands of people are placing this book in their #1 favourite book of the year spot, and that makes perfect sense to me! This book was absolutely stunning in every single aspect. The characters, plot, and themes present in this novel are handled and written about so beautifully. I am not normally a big fan of hard-hitting contemporary, but this book is an absolute must-read.

#4: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I was a very late member of The Silent Patient train, but once I read this book, there was no stepping off it! This novel will go down as one of my favourite mystery-thrillers of all time. This novel was written so carefully and precisely, and the plot-twist was one I had never experienced before. If you ever find yourself craving a perfect thriller, I would highly recommend picking this one up! You can read my full review of this novel here!

#3: The Passengers by John Marrs

If you are a frequent reader of my blog, it should not come as a shock to see a John Marrs book land on this list! This year I purchased Marrs’ entire written collection thus far, and while I am still making my way through it, the Marrs novel I enjoyed most this year was The Passengers. This book was an absolute delight to read, and I hope it gets adapted into a TV series one day! You can read my full review of this novel here!

#2: Beach Read by Emily Henry

In the year that was 2020, I often seemed some fun, adventurous romance novels, and this one was my favourite by far! While there was not much actual romance, the conversations between the two main characters were so interesting to read, and my overall experience of this novel was one of the ones I have had in a long while! You can read my full review of this novel here!

#1: The Mothers by Brit Bennett

There are very few words that would do justice to my experience and emotions towards this book. I find it quite amusing that this book made it to the top of my favourite books list of this year, as the experiences the characters go through in this novel are unlike any I have yet to experience. That being said, the writing, characters, and themes in this novel are written to perfection. This book will remain an all-time favourite throughout the depths of time, and I cannot wait to read every future Brit Bennett novel in the future!

Those were my absolute favourite reads of 2020! If you would like to see all of the books I read this year, click here. What was your favourite book of 2021? 

Wishing you all a fabulous and safe New Years Eve, and I am looking forward to reading with you all next year!

Good Night Book Owls!

Top 9 Books of 2019!

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I cannot believe we are less than 24-hours away until the start of a new decade! While 2019 was truly a great year, I am really looking forward to 2020! 2020 will be a year of huge changes for me, and I hope to document and share them with you on this blog while they happen.

I read 59 books in 2019, and while that sounds like a good number, I have barely read any books over the past three or so months. If I was more consistent, I probably would have reached the 75 book mark. However, my goal was to read 40 books, and I surpassed that goal by quite a bit! This list was slightly difficult to put together, but only because there weren’t any books that I was totally 10000% in love with last year. None of these books top my number one favourite book of last year, which I think is notable. Nevertheless, I loved the books I have on my top list this year, and hope you enjoyed them if you read them as well!

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#9: The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: click here!
Source: ARC via Penguin Random House Canada

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#8: Amelia Westlake was Never Here by Erin Gough
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: click here!
Source: ARC via HBG Canada

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#7: The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: click here!
Source: Finished Copy via HBG Canada

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#6: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: click here!
Source: Purchased @ Chapters Indigo

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#5: The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: click here!
Source: ARC via HCC Frenzy

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#4: Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: click here!
Source: ARC via Raincoast Books

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#3: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: click here!
Source: ARC via Netgalley / Simon & Schuster Canada

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#2: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: click here!
Source: Finished Copy via Raincoast Books

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#1: The Starter Wife by Nina Laurin
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: click here!
Source: ARC via HBG Canada

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Those are my top nine books of 2019! I hope we all have a healthy and prosperous 2020, filled with lots of great reading! What was your favourite read of this year?

Good Night Book Owls!

Top Three Books of 2018!

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Since I only read fifteen books from October to December (the three months I started regularly book blogging again), I didn’t think it was fair to make a big list of all of my favourite books, since I didn’t read that many in the first place. That being said, I still wanted to join in on the fun, and share my top three favourite books that I read this year!

3. The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

As you can see in my December Wrap-Up, this was one of the last books I finished this year and WOW, it was good! I always try and read one holiday/seasonal book during December and I am so happy that I chose to pick this one up! I bought it off of Book Outlet for less than $10 and it was worth every penny! While I had heard some great things for this book, I didn’t want to set my expectations to high. However, I loved it from literally the first sentence. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the holiday season, especially if you like fairytale retellings. Obviously, I gave this book 5/5 stars and plan on re-reading it next holiday season!

2. Dare You To Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch

While I didn’t give this book 5/5 stars, I still absolutely loved it! I received an ARC from Simon and Schuster Canada back in the summer, but did not read it until September. Even though I had never really enjoyed mystery novels, this book totally changed my opinion on the genre, and ended up influencing me to pick up a lot of mystery/thriller books that would have otherwise been slightly “out of my comfort zone”. The characters and overall plot in this book were exceptional and made it a very fast-paced read. You can read my review review for “Dare You To Lie” here!

1. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

As you may have read in my December Wrap-Up post, I absolutely LOVED this book. I had heard fantastic things about it from one of my favourite BookTubers, Lala @ Books And Lala, so I decided to pick it up. This may be one of my favourite if not my FAVOURITE favourite book of ALL TIME. It was THAT good. I still think about it all the time on a regular basis, since the ending was shockingly good. If you are going to read one book that I have mentioned on my blog this year, I would pick this one.

Those were my top three reads of the year! Let me know what yours were in the comments, or send me a link to your post! You can also let me know on my Instagram, which I have been updating and “renovating” for 2019!

Good Night Book Owls!

 

2015 Year In Review: Best Books of 2015

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m going to share with you my top 8 Best Books of 2015! I didn’t read a ton of books so 15 would be a bit to much for me to do. You won’t be seeing my full list of all of the books I’ve read until December 31, so keep an eye out for that post shortly!

Let’s get started!

  1. The Land of Stories: Beyond The Kingdoms by Chris Colfer
  2. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  3. Binge by Tyler Oakley
  4. In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World by Joey Graceffa
  5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  6. Genius by Leopoldo Gout
  7. Everything That Leads to You by Nina La Cour
  8. The Hunger Games by Suzzane Collins (Movie review here)

Those were my top 8 books of 2015!

Here were my top 14 books of 2014!

Let me know what your favourite book of 2015 was in the comments below or tweet it to me on twitter @readingreadingreading!

Good Night Book Owls!

 

 

TOP 14 BOOKS OF 2014!

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my LAST POST OF 2014! This year has been an AMAZING year, and I hope it was for you all, too!

Yesterday, I told you all of the books I read in 2014, but these books are my TOP 14 books (that I read) in/of 2014!

  1. The Land Of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
  2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  3. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  4. Everyday by David Leviathan
  5. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  6. Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
  7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  8. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  10. Harry Potter and the Philosophers
  11. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
  12. Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
  13. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
  14. Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

Those were my top 14 books of 2014! Are any of these books on your favourites list of the year? What was your favourite book? Tell me below!

Thanks to all of you for making this year awesome! Amazing things are coming to this blog, so you better stay tuned!
Happy New Year!

Good Night Book Lions!