Whew… If there was one good thing that came from 2020 quarantine for me, it would be that I was able to get back into reading more often. I flew through quite a few books this year, and while most of them were worth a read, there were five that really stood out to me.
I’m sharing my top five favorite books I read this year so that if you haven’t picked them up yet (and you’re a reader) you can add these to your 2021 reading list.
They Wish They Were Us
If you loved the Gossip Girl books back in the day and are still into the YA genre, this ones for you! It’s a murder mystery and great “beach read” that doesn’t take too much thought.
The story follows a circle of high school teens at a prestigious prep school. These elite, beautiful students have formed an exclusive, secret club that feels akin to the college Greek life portrayed in movies — hazing and parties included. But, one of their own died freshman year and it’s all coming back to haunt the group of friends in their Senior year.
For me, this was a page-turner that I tore through in a few short days. The book has also been turned into a television show that “The Players Table” that is currently being filmed and I can’t wait for it to come out!
I will say, if you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated, this one isn’t it. Just a good, entertaining, light read. Take it for what it is and I think you’ll love it.
The Forgotten Daughter
This one is an incredible story of two women who were each raised in unusual circumstances. One was the daughter of a radical father who was arrested for the murder of a politician. The other was an orphan who was forced to grow up in an abusive mental institution.
The two women cross paths and become friends as they fight against the Canadian government in different ways. And yes, there’s a love story mixed in.
I found myself constantly googling Canadian history because there were a lot of parts to this story that align with true history that I didn’t know about. It’s truly shocking!
Loved everything about this one. The characters, the writing, the story — all amazing! It’s one of those books that I kept thinking about non-stop during the time I was reading it.
I always find it important to read not only “fluff” or more fun, beach-read type books, but also books that can teach you something. One of my favorite ways to improve myself is to read. White Fragility was a book that I had been meaning to read in 2019, but finally got around to it this year and would definitely recommend to well… everyone.
This one will really make you reflect on yourself. Although it is a book about racism written by a white woman, I still feel it was an important read as a white woman myself. It can help you to make progressive steps forward and will anger you at times from the stories of racism that are shared. It will make you cringe. It will stick with you. It will improve you.
All in all, I’d definitely recommend this book. Continued education and personal improvement is a step that all people need to take. Racism is not dead and the BLM movement was not just a blip in 2020 history. Of course, simply reading books such as this one will not fix the problem. But, the more you know, the more you can work towards a better future.
If you’re looking for another book that will help you to understand how racism continues to impact our country, I’d highly recommend The Warmth of Other Suns. This was my favorite read of 2019.
The Silent Patient
I love a good thriller novel – they’re one of my top two types of books so when I kept seeing people talk about The Silent Patient, I had to grab it.
The Silent Patient is a psychological thriller about Alicia Berensen, a woman who murdered her husband and the therapist who is obsessed with learning why. But, Alicia isn’t speaking and hasn’t since the moment she was found over her husbands body.
I was kept on my toes and by the end of the book I was shocked. Not to mention ready to punch someone in the face – I won’t say who though.
If you’re a fan of The Woman in the Window or The Couple Next Door, this one is for you!
You Are A Badass at Making Money
So, this one might be a little ironic considering 2020 was a year of financial struggle for me after being one of the many people laid off during the pandemic. But, I really enjoyed this book as a more practical and inspirational read.
This is part of a series of self improvement type books from Jen Sincero. It’s more of an inspirational book than a practical guide in my opinion, but I still felt that spark after reading it.
If you’re wanting to improve your relationship with money or want to change your outlook, this is a great read! Her anecdotes were entertaining and I really enjoyed her voice.
Heading in to 2020, I’m placing a big focus on finances so I’m planning to keep in mind some of the pointers I’ve learned from the book.
I’d recommend this book with a little disclaimer that you shouldn’t go in expecting to have a step by step guide to making more money.
Share your favorite reads from 2020 with me below so that I can add them to my reading list for the upcoming year!