Most Surprising Books of 2020

These are the 5 books that I either picked up on a whim or had heard some bad things about and I was surprised I actually ended up really liking them!

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Picked this up on a whim and LOVED it!

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Surprised it affected me the way it did!

Into the Drowing Deep by Mira Grant

Hadn’t heard much about this book but I highly enjoyed it!

A Winters Promise by Christelle Dabos

For some reason I had low expectations about this book but again I really liked it!

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Another super hyped book that I didn’t think I would like.

Book Titles that Sound like Song Titles

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is book titles that sound like they’re song titles. So I went through all the books I read recently and these books definitely gave me song title vibes!

No Exit by Taylor Adams

Watch Over Me by Nina Lacour

He Started It by Samantha Downing

The One by John Marrs

Burn by Patrick Ness

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Quarterly Reading Recommendations

This is my second instalment of my quarterly reading recommendations for 2020. Every 3 months I will be looking over all the books I’ve read in that time and picking out my top 10 favourites. Then at the end of the year I will compile my lists and pick my top 10 overall from the books I’ve selected where I will be going a little more in depth! If you want to check out my first quarterly reading recommendations for this year click HERE.

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Beach Read by Emily Henry

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

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The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

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House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

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Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

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Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

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A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

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City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

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A Little Life Review

*SPOILERS BELOW*

22822858._SY475_A Little Life revolves around four classmates from a small Massachusetts college who move to New York to make their way; they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition.

This book is a lot. You really have to be in the right frame of mind when going into it because it is heavy and it is at times difficult to read. I would definitely look into any trigger warnings before starting this book! I am not a reader who has any problem reading heavier themes and tones within books and I don’t get triggered by any content I read but I can definitely see how this book could affect someone who does.

Jude bless him broke my heart in this book. I’ve heard quite a number of people describe his story as torture porn and they are just unable to fathom how so much abuse and trauma one person could endure in their lifetime and in reality people go through these things every day. I think Hanya Yanigahara did an excellent job thoroughly developing Jude’s character and showing the reader how he has managed to cope after suffering for so many years and the hold that these memories have over his life. I in no way can relate to anything that he has endured but the fact that he did make something of himself and the way he touched so many people’s lives and developed all these friendships was inspiring to read.

Willem was one of my favourite characters. At times I felt like he found himself quite helpless to Jude’s suffering but the fact that he was always a constant in his life was a reassurance in of itself. He had his own demons that he has had to deal with after his brother’s death and struggling to secure any acting gigs after college, second guessing himself and having doubts before eventually going on to find fame. The one thing I loved about him was that he never changed after becoming famous; he remained humble and loyal and was a great friend to everyone around him.

It was quite a slow burn of a book. The first third was really all about developing the many characters we are introduced to and establishing their relationships. Each character served a purpose and had a high impact on the story and Jude’s life. JB and Malcolm were a nice contrast to Jude and Willem, they were quite rambunctious and lively as opposed the seriousness the other two evoke. I loved the underlying theme of friendship and loyalty and they display that various times throughout the novel.

I was unsure of my feelings after finishing the book. I had just gone on this rollercoaster ride of emotions and there were many scenes that left me in tears yet it felt like we had come full circle. I don’t think after Willem’s death that Jude would be able to survive and I found it quite admirable that he was able to continue on for so long after that. I definitely think Andy, Harold and Julie did the best they could given the circumstances and had they not been in Jude’s life he wouldn’t have made it as far as he did.

⭐️5/5 stars one of the most heartbreaking, emotional books I’ve ever read!