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My Top 7 books of 2020

Updated: Jan 9

First thing first I wish a very happy and healthy new year to everyone reading it. 2020 has unfortunately not been very good for most parts of the world, I hope 2021 not to turn out the same. Since I have spent a huge number of days inside I managed to read many awesome books this year and I'm grateful for that. So, taking a look back here are my top 7 books from last year. These are the books I have read in 2020 and not necessarily published in 2020. Enjoy!

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

This is a sci-fi comedy by Douglas Adams and I'm in love with this book. One day the protagonist of the book Arthur Dent who is an average dumb human wakes up and gets to know that his house is getting demolished to make a bypass. All of a sudden there is an announcement that seems to come from the sky that Earth is getting demolished to build a galactic freeway. The Earth does get demolished but he is saved by his friend Ford Prefect who is actually a hitchhiker alien who is stuck on Earth which follows an absurd yet fascinating journey around the galaxy. This book is guaranteed to make you laugh and is at the same time deeply philosophical. Read my full review of the book here.

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls is written by Patrick Ness. This novel deals with grief. A boy named Conor is thirteen years old and his mother is battling cancer. Everyday Conor has the same dream, it is bleak and he fears it. One day at midnight a monster visits Conor and it says that he has called him. It is his imagination, dream or the monster is real? This book leaves its readers with more than a lesson, it teaches us to heal. You won't be able to part with the book after finishing it. An added bonus is that it is a short read containing only 237 pages. Read my full book review here.

A Man Called Ove

It is written by Fredrik Backman and translated from the Swedish by Henning Koch. This book tells a simple tale but in the most beautiful way possible. Ove is a fifty-nine-year-old man and he is grumpy throughout the day. He got retired early because his office was letting go of the "older-generation". But one day a young couple with two little daughters move next door and after that Ove's life is not the same as before. Though the premise seems cliche, it's not. You have to read the book to understand what this story can do to a person. It makes you smile, laugh, cry, smile while crying. This one is always going to be very close to my heart. To read my full review of the book click here.

The White Tiger

The White Tiger is the debut novel of Aravind Adiga. This is the story of a man who from being a poor village boy becomes a millionaire, an inspiration, a murderer. From the very first page, it gets you hooked. The story hits hard because what it says is true. It is rude, cunning, disgusting but true. All the characters are authentic and each character stands out. The writing is smart, intelligent, and intriguing. Its movie adaptation is about to release which also I recommend.

The Book Theif

The Book Theif is one of the books which is on everyone's recommendation list. I'm sure you must have heard about it if you are sparsely interested in reading. The Book Theif is written by Markus Zusak and is set in World War II. what's unique about the book? How about that death is the narrator? Death tells the story of a young girl Liesel Meminger. Liesel is sent to a foster family by her own mother. She builds up a close relationship with her foster father Hans who is an accordionist. But the story really starts getting interesting when Hans has to keep a promise he made years ago. Again this book is a tear-jerker. It gives a different perspective on the people involved in the war through a beautiful story. To read my full review of the book click here.

Crown of Midnight

Now it's time for some fantasy. Crown of Midnight is the second installment in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. This series is very famous and rightly so. Crown of Midnight is my favorite from the series. If you have not read the first book, spoilers ahead. Celena after winning the King's Competition is now the king's champion. She servers the very king who killed both of her parents in return for her freedom. Soon she realizes she is in the glass castles for a greater reason. The book has every element of true fantasy in it, assassins, kings and queens, magic, witches, and whatnot. The chemistry between the characters is what I loved the most. To read my full book review click here.

The Woman in the Window

The woman in the window is a thriller by A.J. Finn and was published in 2018. I was meaning to read this book since its release and at last, read it at the end of 2020. This is the story of a woman Anna Fox who lives alone and cannot step outside. She spends her day drinking glasses after glasses of wine, watching old movies, and spying on her neighbors. One day she witnesses a murder through her window but the police say there was no murder, no one is dead. How will she prove that a murder has taken place when she doesn't trust herself? The book is unputdownable. The characters, storyline, writing style, the end, everything is perfect and there is nothing I can complain about.

We have made it to the end of the list. Thank you for sticking by. Before ending the post I want to mention some more books which I enjoyed reading this year - Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green.

my top 7 books of 2020

Happy reading to all of you and once again a happy new year!


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