Friday, February 19, 2021

All the Books I Read in 2020



At the start of last year, I set a goal to read at least twelve books over the course of twenty-twenty. By the end of last year I had a grand total of 21 books read, so  I think it's safe to say I not only accomplished that goal, but also surpassed it with flying colors!

Reading has always been such a beautiful escape, but in the many hard months of twenty-twenty it served not only as that but as so much more - a source of joy, hope, and much needed distraction. Books & stories are a gift in so many ways, and I am forever grateful for what they provided during one of the craziest years of our lives.

I read so many good books over the course of last year, that I couldn't help but want to share them all with you. So here is the list of all the books I've read this year- all twenty-one of them! I hope you enjoy and maybe even add a book or two to your list! 


Twenty Twenty Reads


3/5 Stars
Honestly, not something I probably would've picked up on my own, but gave it a go because of a book club I'm in. I ended up liking it much more than I originally thought I would! It definitely is a book that keeps you guessing until the end & leaves you a little mind blown!

5/5 Stars
As a lover of historical fictions, I knew this book would be right up my ally, but my oh my I had no idea just how much I would love it.

5/5 Stars
Read this book in less than 72 hours, and sobbed when it ended. Beautiful storytelling, that makes you feel all the feels. A highlight so far this year.

4/5 Stars
I was late to the game on this one, I know. Admittedly I decided to read it when I heard it was coming out as a mini-series on Hulu, however Hulu series or not, I think it is a story everyone should read. It deals with complex issues, but is an easy read and one I couldn't put down. Highly recommend!

And having the Hulu series to look forward to upon completion of the book is fun too!

4/5 Stars
The most recent release from my favorite author was based around the Ritz in Paris, so I knew I would love. Paris, the Ritz, and multiple love stories make this one a winner! What's not to love!?

4/5 Stars
After finishing The Light We Lost (and loving it so much!), I knew I had to read the author's other book asap. This read easily lived up to my expectations and was another one that was a moving, beautiful story. Jill Santopolo is a beautiful storyteller & has quite a way with words! Will forever be reading her books - I cant recommend them enough!

3/5 Stars
I bought this book last summer, and truth be told this was my second attempt at reading it. It was a little bit hard to get into in the beginning, but once I did, I really liked it! It wasn't what I was expecting, but it pleasantly surprised me. I would definitely recommend!

4/5 Stars
I loved this author's debut novel, so I knew I had to read this one as soon as it came out. This story was such a delight and couldn't have been a more perfect read while in quarantine. It transported me to some of my favorite places & is a beautiful little love story - exactly what my heart needed at this time.

3/5 Stars 
The first of my summer reads! I had high hopes for this one - it didn't fall flat per se but it was just different than I expected. Still a cute, easy beach read overall! 

4/5 Stars
I love a good Elin Hilderbrand book, and this one quickly became one of my favorites of hers! It's murder mystery meets rosé, wealth, and summer in New England - oh and it has a hint of a love triangle. What could be better!? Add it to your list asap.
4/5 Stars 
Beatriz Williams can do no wrong in my opinion. I have yet to meet one of her books that I haven't loved, and this one is no different! It is a perfect summer read, enjoyed best with your toes in the sand.

4/5 Stars 
This one ended up being much different than expected, but in a good way! I didn't love it initially, but there is a major twist, which is what did it for me. I won't give anything away but worth getting to the twist - the story takes off from there! 

5/5 Stars
Hands down my favorite book of the summer, maybe even of the year! Loved everything about this one - the storyline, the characters, the concept the story revolves around, the details at the beginning of each chapter. Definitely a forever favorite and the type of story I needed at that point in time last year. Five stars from me! 

4/5 Stars
The first book I've read by Elizabeth Gilbert, and it was a standout! I love the strong female characters in this read, the fact that it's set in old New York, and the story's evolution over time. Highly recommend! I will without a doubt be adding all of Elizabeth Gilbert's books to my to-read list. 

3/5 Stars
From the author of The Devil Wears Prada comes this pleasantly entertaining read! I recommend if you're looking for an easy, breezy read, especially if you're a lover of tennis.

5/5 Stars 
Would give this book 10 stars if I could. Hands down my favorite book of twenty-twenty, and honestly maybe ever..? A heartbreaking, but beautiful story of love, courage, and fighting for what is right. Truly a story I believe everyone should read in their lifetimes. 

3/5 Stars 
Not my favorite of the year, to be honest! I don't know what it was about it exactly, but I felt like it was little overhyped. If you're into murder mysteries you might like it! 

4/5 Stars
Knew this one was going to be right up my alley! I love the concept - the fact that we never know where we will be in five years - but also love that it takes place in my favorite city. A good read for anyone still trying to figure things out! 

2/5 Stars 
It's rare for me to give anything less than three stars, so I guess that says a lot about how I felt about this one. This book was an interesting concept, I will give it that, but I don't know, something just fell flat here. It was almost like I was reading a bunch of different short stories, and that's what thew me. 

4/5 Stars
I read Winter Street last Christmas, the first of the series, and was hooked! I waited till this past Christmas to read Winter Stroll and loved it just as much as I knew I would. It's a story set around Christmas on Nantucket - what could be better! 

3/5 Stars
A very cute and charming love story. A bit predictable, but if you can get past that it's overall enjoyable and worth the read!


You can also check out this post where I share some of my all time favorite reads & some others that are on my to-read list!

xo. G

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