I had a really, really good reading year this year – where 5 star books are concerned. I had so many favourite books and I can already tell that I am going to struggle when it comes to narrowing it down. I’m going to list them in the order that I read them in, rather than ranking them because I think that is asking a little too much from myself!
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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis
Five Feet Apart ended up being quite a surprising favourite for me. I went into it expecting it to be a good read, but definitely did not expect it to be one of my favourite books. I read this one in the first week of January, and it seemed to be the start of a great reading year for me! I think what really made me fall in love with this book was the writing style. It was just wonderful and I am really excited to read from these authors again.
You can purchase Five Feet Apart: here
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
I’d be lying to you, and myself, if I didn’t put Chain of Gold on this list. I try not to bring up Cassandra Clare and the Shadowhunter series’ in every post because I know I can be a little biased about them, but sometimes I have to include them! Chain of Gold is the first installment in the newest Shadowhunter series: The Last Hours. It follows the children of the characters from The Infernal Devices and I loved revisiting those characters and seeing London again. I am so excited for Chain of Iron which comes out in March 2021.
You can purchase Chain of Gold: here
When the Curtain Falls by Carrie Hope Fletcher
This is probably the only book on here that I rated 4/5 instead of 5/5 – you can read why in my review here. Despite this, I still count this as one of my favourite ones of the year because of how much I enjoyed the story. I know I’ve said this multiple times, but it was also the first book I was able to read in a physical format – cover to cover – for at least two years. I think it’ll always hold a special place in my heart for that.
You can purchase When the Curtain Falls: here
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
I am very happy that I succumbed to the pressure on Instagram and picked up The Flatshare. I have not been quiet this year about how much I adored this novel: the writing style, the plot, the characters – everything. I think what really won me over was the trauma and important subjects and how they were effortlessly intertwined into the novel. The characters felt like real people to me which is what I loved.
You can purchase The Flatshare: here
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is the newest one that I have read! I only finished it a few days ago. I really loved it. I had been putting it off for so long for two reasons: one being that I wasn’t in the mood to read fantasy books and the other being I was actually really scared that it wasn’t going to live up to the hype. Ever since it came out years ago, I have been seeing it everywhere and everyone has been saying how incredible that it is. I am very grateful that it did live up to my experiences! It was a really strange reading experience for me too, because even though I had been hearing a lot about it, I didn’t actually know anything about it. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t that and I am so happy that all of my expectations were shattered within the first few pages.
You can purchase Six of Crows: here
What were your favourite books of the year?