My favourite books of 2020!

So it’s that time of the year again where I share my favourite reads. 2020 has been a strange and very different year for us all and I wasn’t sure if it had taken its toll on my reading habits until I checked my Goodreads stats-as of today I am only 5 books off my yearly target of 250 books. I’m going to lower that for next year as things have changed quite a lot for me since I first started documenting the books I read and reviewing them here on my blog. When I started blogging I was a stay at home Nana working one lunchtime a week at my local primary school. Fast forward 5 years and I’m now working 40 hours a week at that same school as a Teaching Assistant, Midday Assistant and AfterSchool Club Assistant. I’ve also developed a keen interest in helping to improve children’s mental health issues and this past year has shown me that these issues have increased dramatically since the beginning of 2020 due to what’s happening in the world. So from next month I’m training to become an ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and not an ice cold blonde with amazing freezing powers lol) so I already know I will have less reading time. This has also affected my choice of reading materials and the fictional books I enjoy are now much darker than I previously would have picked! You’ll probably spot that theme running through my Top 20 of 2020 as well as the fact that many of them were listened to on Audible as this was what has kept me sane during Lockdowns-walking the dog with a good audiobook.

Anyway, enough of the depressing stuff! Here are the books I loved this year in no particular order…

The Alibi Girl by C.J. Skuse
The Baby Group by Caroline Corcoran
Shadow Sands by Robert Bryndza
The Silent Friend by Diane Jeffrey
The Silent Daughter by Emma Christie
The Boy Between by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley
The Housewarming by S.E. Lynes
Someone’s Listening by Seraphina Nova Glass
She Lies Close by Sharon Doering
Stolen Children by Michael Wood
I Lie In Wait by Amanda Brittany
How to Disappear by Gillian McAllister
The Jane Austin Society by Natalie Jenner
The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
Cry Baby by Rebecca Griffiths
We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker
Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan
Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton

And there you have it! I loved all of these books and they have all left their mark on me in some small way. I will end by wishing you all a Merry Christmas and hope that whatever the festive season holds in store for you, that you are healthy, safe and happy. And let’s hope for a better year in 2021!!!

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

8 thoughts on “My favourite books of 2020!”

  1. The Silent Daughter is on my list too!

    I’m in awe of your Goodreads target when you are working full time. I thought I was doing well at not far off 150 and I don’t work 😄

    Good luck with your training and here’s hoping 2021 is kinder to us all!

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    1. I’ve been recommending it to everyone! It’s probably my favourite of them all!
      Yes I’m only so far this year due to lockdown when I read so much more than usual!
      Here’s to a better year next year! Xx

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