More Of What I Have Read In 2020

Tuesday, January 19

My reading in the second half of 2020 was only interrupted by moving house and struggling to find the time when we had so much DIY to do but it picked up again on it's own. These are a mixture of ARCs from NetGalley, kindle books I'd forgotten I'd bought and two non-fiction books to finish the year which is unusal for me. 


I didn't love this book but it was an enjoyable read. One of my issues was I didn't particularly care for any of the characters but I kept turning the pages because I wanted to know what happened. The end was gripping and fast paced which is always good.

Rating: three stars


This is the fourth Rainbow Rowell book I've read and while I really enjoyed it I'd rank them like this: 1. Fan Girl, 2. Landline, 3. Eleanor & Park, 4. Attachments.

Rating: four stars


I didn’t go into this book with any preconceptions but I know Richard Osman from Pointless and thought the title sounded like fun. At first I thought it was a whimsical story about a group of older people living in a retirement village with a murder thrown in. I even thought I didn't care 'who did it' at the half way point I was just enjoying the characters but as the story unraveled it stopped being as obvious who the murder was and I found the last quarter really gripping. This story isn't just a murder mystery though - I found it really moving and I thought the ending was perfect. I can't wait to find out what Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron do next.

Rating: five stars


I read this book in 3 days - that's the quickest I've read a book in a long time and if that doesn't show how much I loved it I don't know what will. This book was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time and the ending was everything I could have hoped for.

Rating: four stars


As I fully paid up member of the insecure girl's club I really enjoyed this book. Full of useful advice, interviews with interesting women and it made me feel less alone in feeling anxious about life. This is the first book of this genre I've read so I don't have a lot of compare it too but it was an enjoyable book to dip in and out of.

Rating: three stars


I really enjoyed the storyline in 'Under Almond Blossoms' although I didn't understand initially it was an English translation of a book originally written in German. Milla travels to Mallorca after her Grandmother left her a shop on the island in her will. Thinking there must be another reason that her Grandmother left her the shop and explain why her own mother has been so distant Milla starts asking questions about her own family history. The books alternates between present day and the 1950s explaining more about Milla's Grandmothers life in a way that kept me turning the pages wanting to find out more. Some of the characters did frustrate me slightly - Paul seemed very one dimensional and I don't know how Leandro fell in love with Milla so suddenly. Overall, it was a lovely read and I was pleased with the ending which wasn't too predictable.


I don't think I've ever read a book that I couldn't tell if I enjoyed or not but thats the way I'd describe 'There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job' by Kikuko Tsumura. I was initially put off this book by negative reviews I read shortly after starting and I found I couldn't get into it so I took a break and came back to it in a month.

The best way I'd describe this book is a series of short stories in which the main character does a series of 'easy jobs' in a quest to discover how she is going to spend the rest of her working life. However, each quirky job that an interesting element to it which keeps drawing her in. You don't learn much about the main character (you only discover her age near the end) and what happens in her life outside work. Each job had just enough development and plot to make me want to keep reading and ultimately the main character did learn something from the experience. 

Rating: three stars


I enjoyed this book just as much as the first and it was a great length for a read in the busy period leading up to Christmas.

Rating: four stars


I downloaded this book through Prime reading just to flick through to find some festive recipes but I found myself reading it page by page. Everything Nigel Slater writes about perfect sums up how I feel about winter and the festive season. Plus I've bookmarked so many recipes I think I might purchase the physical copy for next year. 

Rating: five stars

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