First Reads of 2020
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I am so thrilled to be sharing with you the books I've read in 2020 so far, I cannot believe we are already almost into April - time is going so fast. I have a goal of 40 books for this year and I've read 11 so far, 9 months to go and 29 books to read... let's see how I make out.
1. Until Friday Night - Abbi Glines
The Field Party is a series I've had on my "to read" list for quite sometime, one of my all time favourite TV shows is Friday Night Lights and this series was highly recommended to read based on loving FNL so much. I did enjoy this book, it was pretty heart wrenching at times which I tend to enjoy for some crazy reason.😅 However, I wasn't super drawn to read the next books in the series - I believe there are 5 in total but each is a spin off of characters that were included in the previous book. I will definitely keep these on my GoodReads list and come back to them at some point.
2. Regretting You - Colleen Hoover
Now this one... y'all know by now that my love for Colleen Hoover and her writing style is out of this world. I've read every single one of her books except the Never Never series with Tarryn Fisher because I haven't been able to get my hands on it. Regretting You wasn't one of my favs from Colleen, but I was definitely intrigued the whole way through each chapter. I do however think we need a second book to this series because I still have so many questions!!! I don't want to give anything away because I am still highly recommending this book to you guys! You can never go wrong with a book written by Colleen Hoover.
3. The Wives - Tarryn Fisher
OMG... this book - I have no words really. Probably my favourite read of the year so far, it was so suspenseful and twisted but not scary which is the best kind of "thriller" for me. I finished this book within 3 days of starting it while managing to go to my full time job each day - I could not put this one down. I've suggested The Wives to quite a few people on my Instagram and every single person was like "WTF?!" when they finished it. Tarryn is truly a genius, I have't read much of her stuff but now I feel like I should be diving into whatever else she has written!
4. Come Back To Me - Mila Gray
Freaking loved this book, the first few pages capture your attention right away - it is the perfect mix between suspense and romance. I was so invested in the character's story lines the entire way through. Definitely recommend this book to any of my peeps looking for a good heart wrenching romance. This is the first book I have read by Mila Gray and definitely will not be my last. Come Back To Me is part of a series alongside two other books Stay With Me and Run Away With Me - I believe they are based on different characters but I am definitely interested to add these two to my GoodReads list now.
5. Dare to Lead - Brené Brown
Every once in a while I do crave more of a motivational read, some times it's nice to break up the fiction I tend to be drawn to. Brené has been recommended by a ton of professional people in my life (coworkers, family members, etc.) I found this book extremely helpful to start thinking about the leader I want to be and that leading is not all about the status or power you hold over people. Kristin Cavallari shared a story on Instagram recently raving about Brené's book called Daring Greatly so I definitely want to check that one out and a few others as I believe they will help when trying to flourish in my career.
6. You do You - Sarah Knight
Once I finished one motivational book I got sucked back into that world and had to read another, I love Sarah Knight so much! I read one of her books from the No F*cks Given Guide collection and was immediately obsessed, I haven't read all of them yet but I will eventually - her writing style is so authentic I feel like she is so easy to relate with (especially us millennial's). When any of my social circle reach out looking for recommendations for an empowering read I always gravitate to this collection, because they are definitely motivating but not in too much of a self help type of way.
7. Then She Was Gone - Lisa Jewell
This is the first book I've read by Lisa Jewell and it most definitely did not disappoint, her books have been so highly recommended to me by quite a few people in my social circle. Then She Was Gone was definitely more of a mystery than a thriller which I personally prefer, it flips back and forth between "then" and "now" which I find either confuses me or really intrigues me - definitely had the intriguing effect for this book. I'm dying to check out her newest release The Family Upstairs.
8. Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
I don't know what it was about this book but it grabs your attention right away in the first chapter and then is sooo drawn out until about 60% of the way through. There was a lot of hype around this book, so I was expecting so much more - I read a few reviews before writing about this one because I figured maybe I was missing something but ton of other readers said it definitely is more of a slow read however, it was still very enjoyable to them. It's been made into a show on Hulu and was released March 18th, 2020 - I am having trouble accessing it in Canada but I am definitely curious to see how the show would be compared to the book. I mean Reese Witherspoon is starring in the show so there's no way I can't watch it!
9. The Summer We Lost Her - Tish Cohen
I stumbled upon this book when I was in Indigo looking for a new release I had been waiting to read. When I read the blurb on the back I knew for sure I needed to read it, and omg am I ever glad I did. To be honest, the beginning is quite slow and it takes some time to get to the juice - once I got there though I could not put this down. I stayed up till 2am last Saturday to finish it... SO fricken good! It was twisty and suspenseful but again not in a scary way, the ending made me love it that much more. Definitely adding this to my recommendation list.
10. Wild at Heart - K.A. Tucker
First chapter in and I remembered exactly why I fell in love with the first book in this series The Simple Wild, which was my first K.A. Tucker book - since then I have become madly obsessed with her books. Wild at Heart picks up right where The Simple Wild leaves off, Kathleen did an incredible job keeping me intrigued the whole way through. Jonah and Calla's love story is so fascinating because they are complete opposites which leads to lots of juicy drama throughout the book, I feel like we need a third to finish off the series for sure. 🙏
11. Someone We Know - Shari Lapena
What a wild read... I absolutely loved this book!! I read The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena last year, that was the first book I read by her - this one is better by far. The first page in and you're immediately drawn in - you NEED to know what happens. Any book that draws me in that quickly and keeps me interested the entire way through is a success. I finished this book within a day because I needed to know what happened so badly, it was full of suspense and dark secrets with tons of twists the entire way through. Just when I thought I had it figured out another twist comes along, highly recommending this one!
Alright people, that's a wrap - these are the books I've read so far this year. I hope you check these books out, there are some gems so far this year!