2020 was all sorts of crazy. There were a lot of cancelled plans, changed priorities, and modified routines in order to adjust to the new normal. I would be lying if I say I had a productive year, because honestly, I know I could’ve done better. But this blog post is not a retrospect of the year that was, so I digress.
Anyway, here’s a quick look back on the books I read in 2020 that made it to my favorites list.
1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
“The real world is where the monsters are.” Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
I read the first book, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, a few years ago, but never really got to finish the entire series because I didn’t have my own copies. Last year, I bought the book set and was finally able to finish reading them. I’m happy to say, they made it to my list of all-time favorites. It was fun following Percy’s adventures as he journeyed towards fulfilling his prophecy. I had so much fun that I finished reading all five books in less than two weeks! That rarely happens, mind you.
The live-action series is set to be released (hopefully) this year. Unfortunately, we still don’t have Disney Plus here in the Philippines.
Hello, Mr. Walt?
2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
“People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is ‘you’re safe with me’- that’s intimacy.” – Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
This came as a surprise to me. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting anything going into this. All I knew was that, it had good ratings and a lot of people were talking about it and recommending it on Goodreads.
I picked this up one time I got bored, and before I knew it, I was already half-way through the book. I loved it so much! Evelyn has such a powerful character arc that I found myself rooting for her the entire time. Each of her marriages has its own profound story that you will either hate or love. It was also truly an experience getting to know all these men and the roles they played in Evelyn’s colorful, albeit scandalous life.
While the book is purely a work of fiction, author Taylor Jenkins Reid stated that Evelyn’s story is loosely based on the lives of actresses Elizabeth Taylor, who was married eight times to seven different men, and Ava Gardner, who revealed the secrets of her life to a journalist which was eventually published as Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations. (source: wikipedia)
It’s definitely worth the hype. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, this deserves a spot in your bookshelf.
3. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
“If you only shine light to your flaws, all your perfects will dim.“ – Colleen Hoover, All Your Perfects
Okay, I have a lot of things to say about this, so bear with me.
First of all, it took me long enough to jump into the Colleen Hoover bandwagon because 1.) I rarely read romance novels (at least not in the past 3 years or so) and 2.) Her books are expensive. Despite her being one of the most talked about authors on Goodreads, I could never get myself to buy her books. I mean, practically speaking, I would rather spend my 800php on fantasy or historical fiction. But after reading All Your Perfects, It Ends With Us, and November 9, I finally understood the hype. Colleen definitely has a way of playing with your emotions and you just can’t help but get sucked into it. Context: She’s the Nicholas Sparks of this generation.
All Your Perfects is an intense and dramatic novel about a married couple who is dealing with infertility and all the pressures that come with it. To be honest, I have never read a book where I completely resonate with the main characters.
Graham and Quin’s pain and suffering felt so real and raw simply because I know what’s it’s like to be in that same situation. It’s as if their life story is taken straight out of my own. The book made me feel fragile and vulnerable, and as weird as this may sound, I actually love it when books make me feel that way.
I can’t even remember how many times I cried while reading the book. It was painful going through the pages, as if there was a sharp object buried deep in my chest. Wow, just thinking about it while writing this brings back so many emotions, it makes me wanna cry. I can definitely see myself revisiting this book in the future, but I am also looking forward to reading more of Colleen Hoover’s works.
I may not have read that many books last year, but I did find some gems that will forever hold a special place in my heart. This year, I wish to read more books that will hopefully make it to my list of favorites.
Do you have any book recommendations? I’m open for suggestions. =)