I had a goal to read 50 books this year and I honestly don’t know if it happened. My phone lost the storage battle in September and with it, I lost the list of books I had read. Either way, I was on track to meet the goal and I read some wonderful stories along the way.
I love fiction. So, I am not the person to ask for history, biography or anything that might resemble a pandemic or political drama relating to real-life recommendations. I do, however, know a great piece of fiction when I come across it.
Anxious People — Frederick Backman: This is a book where you just ~feel~ for all of the characters. Backman does such an incredible job with his character development. The first book I read by him was A Man Called Ove (highly recommend that one too).
A Very Punchable Face — Colin Jost: I know I said I’m not a huge biography person, but I’m obsessed with Colin Jost and his auto-biography had me laughing so hard I ended up reading passages aloud to my mom so she could understand why I had tears streaming down my face.
In Five Years — Rebecca Serle: I feel like this book was everywhere mid-pandemic because it was such an escape into a very realistic pre-pandemic world. You follow the narrator through so many life changes after her 5 year plan doesn’t quite work out the way she’d hoped, getting lost in her world along the way.
Evvie Drake Starts Over — Linda Holmes: This was the first book I read this year, and I still think about it. It’s a cute story set in Maine and had me looking up waterfront properties on Zillow for the next few months.
Daisy Jones and the Six — Taylor Jenkins Reid: Pretty sure this won Book of the Year last year from Book of the Month so I was behind the ball. My girlfriends and I read it for our book club and we’re all obsessed. I will say, I listened to it as an audiobook and all the characters have different voices which I think made it so much better than other audiobooks — would definitely recommend that format. (I’ve also read quite a few other books by TJR and they are great, quick reads.)
Beach Read — Emily Henry: Loved this! Read it in practically one sitting and wanted more at the end. It follows two writers as they create their next big novels. Always love a book about books.
I’m sure I’m missing a few, but this list is quite representative of how I spent a lot of time this year.
**I am a member of Book of the Month Club and you can use my link to get money off your first book! I’m usually anti-subscription but I LOVE this and will never cancel. Otherwise, I use Libby to read on my phone or listen to audiobooks.