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My Top 15 reads of the year!

So the one benefit of all the craziness this year is the amount of time I had for reading. Since I started my degree I've barely had the energy or time for reading, who knew a masters in chemistry would be so full on! But during the first lockdown I had all the time in the world to get back to doing what I love most - reading!

Considering I read well over 100 books this year (I only started keeping track in the summer so I'm not sure which ones I've forgotten!) it was ridiculously hard to get this list down to just 15 - originally it was meant to be top 10!

I then spent ages agonising over an order, some of these were obvious choices, and some took me ages to decide over, but I finally set my list! This year saw me dipping back into YA fantasy and I read some incredible books from that genre. I also read a fair few thrillers, and one of those narrowly missed out on the top spot for this year.

My top 15;

1. House of Earth and Blood: Crescent city #1 - Sarah J.Maas

2. The Dark Artifices trilogy - Cassandra Clare

3. My Lovely Wife - Samantha Downing

4. Chain of Gold: The Last Hours #1 - Cassandra Clare

5. All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven

6. The Bone Season: The Bone Season #1 - Samantha Shannon

7. Six of Crows: Six of Crows #1 - Leigh Bardugo

8. Storm and Fury: The Harbinger - Jennifer L.Armentrout

9. Aurora Rising: The Aurora Cycle #1 - Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

10. The Rumour - Lesley Kara

11. Nevernight; The Nevernight Chronicle #1 - Jay Kristoff

12. Serpent & Dove: Serpent & Dove #1 - Shelby Mahurin

13. A Good Girl's Guide to Murder: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder #1 - Holly Jackson

14. She Lies in Wait - Gytha Lodge

15. Five feet apart - Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis

So unsurprisingly, the latest SJM took my top spot. HOEAB was a bit of a slow starter but once it got going I was completely hooked and couldn't put it down! I have yet to read an SJM book that I don't adore, and each new venture she goes on leaves me desperate for more. If you haven't read HOEAB yet, or heck, any SJM books, then I strongly recommend you do!

Third on my list was My Lovely Wife. I love a good thriller, and MLW is up there in my

top two favourite thrillers of all time, along with Gone Girl. Usually I'm quite good at predicting the plot twists, but this twist completely blindsided me and kept my heart racing throughout, something I haven't experienced from a thriller for a long while.

I've been a Cassie Clare fan for years now, but I hadn't ket up to date with her books for a while. TID is one of my favourite trilogies, so when I realised that Chain of Gold was set in that world I knew I had to read it. The Shadowhunters world is one of my favourite places to visit, and being set in Victorian England gives this extra magical touch. I can't wait to see what book 2 has in store! I also read the TDA trilogy over Christmas and it is now up there as my favourite CC series so far.

The book that took the top spot for making me bawl my eyes out this year was All the Bright Places. This is such a heartbreaking story of love and loss and I couldn't stop thinking about it for several days afterwards. I've been meaning to watch the film adaptation but I'm not sure I can handle so much crying again! I've got Jennifer Niven's next two books sitting in my tbr and have high hopes for them so fingers crossed.

The Bone Season is set in a dystopian Oxford, and I loved reading about all of these places I frequent in a post apocalyptic style setting. At first this world was very confusing, and unfortunately it took me until near the end of the book to realise there was a glossary for all the terms - not my finest moment! Everything about this series is exciting, and I'm so excited for The Mask Falling to be released in February.

What were your favourite reads of 2020? Did you set/meet your reading goal?

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