At the beginning of 2020 I shared a list of 7 books I was really excited to see released throughout the year so I thought it would be interesting to revisit that list and see if I actually got around to reading them and if I did, see if they lived up to the excitement.
The Switch ~ ★★★★★
Beth O’Leary is becoming one of my favourite authors; her dual perspective books are so uplifting and warming. This was a real highlight for me this year and I’ve already got the audio book to revisit it next year.
How To Be Fine ~ ★★★☆☆
What other way was there to consume a book from my favourite podcasters than in audio form? However I think I only enjoyed this book because I adore Kristen and Jolenta’s podcast so much so personally I would listen to the podcast before giving this a go and then, get the audio so their personalities really shine through.
Olive* ~ ★★★★☆
Emma Gannon’s first fiction book did not disappoint, I thought this was a really refreshing take on the expectations on women in their late twenties/early thirties to all want to have children. Another one I’ve got the audiobook of ready to revisit next year. The Roasting Tin Around The World ~ ★★★★☆I wouldn’t normally give a recipe book a rating but for the sake of completeness I’ll give this one four stars, The Roasting series are our most used cookbooks, there’s four of them and I would say we use them at least once a week; the recipes we’ve tried from this book so far have been great but its not quite up there with the original two.
Ghosts* ~ ★★★★☆
Another first fiction from a writer I already love for their non-fiction. This was a really funny take on online dating in your thirties, what I liked about this was it started with the makings of a typical rom-com that was turned on its head by main character, Nina who was anything but typical.
Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire (House Editions) ~ ★★★★★
This is a bit of controversial one this year, I’ve been buying the House Editions of the Harry Potter series as they’re released and I own up to book five, however in terms of new books I think I’m going to stop there. This series, in particular Goblet of Fire is and probably always will be a favourite of mine but I’m not going to be buy the books as new anymore; instead I’ll be on the lookout for pre-owned copies in good condition to give used books a new home and not generate any new royalty payments from my purchases.
The Pound Project ~ ★★★★☆ Three Things/Loss & Hope
I would really recommend getting on the mailing list for The Pound Project as its the only way to guarantee your copies of their books, I’m sure you can get them second hand but their books are single print runs, their printed in A6 and mailed out beautifully in their pouches and as well as getting a great little read you’re supporting a great company as well.
Have you read any of these? Did you have any hyped books for 2020 that didn’t live up to expectations?