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My Top Reads of 2020 ❤

2020 Has been a tough year for us all but I must admit I have emerged myself into many fictional worlds to keep myself going. Books have really helped me get through it all. Nothing better than curling up with a book and a brew. So in no particular order here are the books that stood out to me this year. After reading 174 books this year (one was my daughters) this is my top 18 reads.

The 24 Hour Cafe – Libby Page.

Are You Watching? – Vincent Ralph.

Dead Lovely – Helen Fitzgerald.

Sleep – C.L. Taylor.

Circe – Madeline Miller.

Letters on Motherhood – Giovanna Fletcher.

The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary.

The Switch- Beth O’Leary.

Mix Tape – Jane Sanderson.

Sunny Days & Sea Breezes – Carole Matthews.

Aria’s Travelling Book Shop – Rebecca Raisin.

The Midnight Library – Matt Haig.

The Minders – John Marrs.

This is Me – Mrs Hinch.

And Every Morning the Way Home gets Longer & Longer – Fredrik Backman.

The Inheritance Games – Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

Sophia Princess Among Beasts – James Patterson & Emily Raymond.

The Hopes & Dreams of Libby Quinn – Freya Kennedy.

Have you read any of these? Got any suggestions for me next year? I hope you all have a lovely New Year & I will see you on the other side. That’s me done for 2020. Gemma – BTPBOOKCLUB.

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*BLOG TOUR* Mine – Alison Knight ★★★★

Blurb; “What’s mine, I keep.”

London, 1968.

Lily’s dreams of a better life for her family are shattered when her teenage daughter refuses to give up her illegitimate child. It doesn’t help that Lily’s husband, Jack, takes their daughter’s side.

Taking refuge in her work at a law firm in the City, Lily’s growing feelings for her married boss soon provides a dangerous distraction.

Will Lily be able to resist temptation? Or will the decisions made by these ordinary people lead them down an extraordinary path that could destroy them all?

Mine – a powerful story of class, ambition and sexual politics.

My Review; A brilliantly written story, one I really enjoyed. Fell in love with Lilys character what an amazing women she is eh. It’s a heart-breaking, powerful and suspense filled story. Will she, won’t she? I don’t blame her for how she felt to be honest she wouldn’t be the first woman to feel like that and neither the last.

The chapters are short which is my personal preference and it was an easy read. Devoured and got through it much quicker than I thought. The story highlights how short life is and that sometimes you have to put yourself first to find happiness no matter what. The author is brilliant with his describing and took me back to the 1960s a major difference from how we live now, was nice to compare the then and now while reading.

Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. Mine (the story) is based off true events which always makes the story for me more real and eye opening.

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*BLOG TOUR* The House Mate – Nina Manning ★★★★

Blurb; The perfect life? …Or the perfect lie?

When Regi moves into her new houseshare, she’s ready for a clean slate. A new home. A new routine. A new identity…

Desperate to escape the shadow of her past that follows her everywhere she goes, Regi finds the ideal distraction in the perfect lives of others on social media.

But as innocent scrolling turns into an unhealthy obsession, Regi will soon learn that seeking perfection comes at a price…

My Review; Straight away I was intrigued and hooked! The story focuses on Regi who is the eldest of her housemates attending uni! She has a form of OCD and something from her past is haunting her… But what?

It’s a bit of a wierd story for me because it flicks between the present and her past. But I didn’t expect the outcome that happened at all, the thing that was haunting her I thought it was far worse than it was. For me it was more of a mystery than thriller… A really good read, I did enjoy it. I was just trying to figure Regi out for most of the story! Different. Unique. Brilliantly written. Page turner and a lovely ending. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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