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Five 5 Star Books That Completely Knocked My Socks Off In 2020

Five 5 Star Books That Completely Knocked My Socks Off In 2020

Posted on: Tuesday, 29 December 2020



2020 had been a bit of a shitter of a year, has it not? However, it's not all doom & gloom as I've discovered five books this year that have completely taken me by surprise and have made it into my top five books of all time. These are all books I'd heard were good, but, as the title says, completely knocked my socks off and blew all expectations out of the water. I've written a review about each book in the past and all five reviews are linked, but I feel like the year wouldn't be completely rounded off without another little shoutout to them, because they really were just that good.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I read this book way back in February and yet I still remember reading and loving this book like it was only a few weeks ago. I think it's a true testament to a book when - even 10 months on - the plot and narrative don't fade away. Not only was this book incredibly well written, it was full of Old Hollywood drama, characters who were awful but who you couldn't resist rooting for, shocking twists and a beautiful love story at the centre of it all.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
I put off reading this book for so long because of the sheer size of it (700+ pages with really tiny font) but I finally read it back in July and it's a story that will stay with me forever. This book has character development like no other and Jude will stay with me for a very long time. My heart still breaks every time I think of this story and it's one that I've recommended time and time again to people and will continue to recommend to people because it's so beautifully written and the plot is one that will absolutely break you in the most heart-wrenching way possible - but don't be put off, it's simply beautiful.

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
This is a more recent read for me but one that I instantly knew would stay with me for a long time. This is one of the most vivid and atmospheric books I've ever read and the simplicity of the setting is one that is just so beautifully crafted. It's a story about survival, hope, loneliness, prejudice, coming of age, trust, love, and most importantly, strength. There is murder mystery, a love story, nature, coming of age, and poetry woven through the pages of this book and all this together makes it one of the easiest five star books for me.

This is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay
This was my first medical based non-fiction book and it completely surprised me by how unbelievably good it was. Kay is very funny throughout this book but he also exposes a lot that is wrong with the NHS that us Brits kinda could have guessed at already, but he never loses sight of how truly important it is. He finishes his hilarious and touching tales with a direct plea to the government - and to us all - to take the NHS and its doctors seriously; to respect it and them and to not take the work that they do for granted. It's such a powerful and important read wrapped up in a highly-entertaining package and that's the best kind of learning.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
This is one of those books that will warm your heart from the very get go and will only continue to make you fall more in love with with the story and Ove the more you read. This is a story of loss, loneliness, acceptance and friendship and it is one that always puts a smile on my face when I see it sitting on my bookshelf. I highly recommend this one to anyone who is after a laugh-out-loud story with broken, grumpy (yet begrudgingly loveable) old man at the centre of it all.

What books have you loved this year?

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