One of my favorite hobbies (other than dancing) is reading. Between quarantine and being furloughed from work for 2 months, I’ve been reading up a storm. My goal was to read 30 books in 2020, but I’ve already read 24 books in the first 6 months alone!
Whether you are looking for suggestions for your next trip (perhaps, a nice socially distanced road trip?) or for a book to get lost in so you can forget you are still stuck a home, I’ve got you covered. All of these books I’ve read this year and given a 5-star rating on Goodreads. For me to give a book a 5-star rating it has to be a book I just can’t put down.
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I guess I judged a book by it’s cover on this one because for some reason I avoided it for months thinking I wouldn’t like it. So glad my mom urged me to read it. Beautifully written, unique book. If you liked The Glass Castle (by Jeannette Walls) or have a passion for nature you’ll really enjoy this book.
- Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano. Just beautiful, made me cry at the end. In a way it reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Deals with how to move forward from a tragedy.
- The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani. This is historical fiction about an immigrant family coming to America from Italy in the 1900s. The story spans about 50 years and explores the importance of family and what home really means. It also involves a sweet romance.
- Whisper Network by Chandler Baker. As a Texan, I thought it was really cool that this book is set in modern day Dallas! It’s about accomplished lawyer friends who deal with a moral dilemma when a man known for sexual misconduct is being considered to take over their firm. It also addresses the struggle of how to kick butt at work and be a good parent.
- The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. Historical fiction inspired by the true story of Louise de Bettignies, a highly accomplished female spy in France during World War 1. A must-read if you like historical fiction and/or strong female characters.
- The Lying Game by Ruth Ware. A thriller about girls who went to boarding school in England together. Definitely a page turner that kept me guessing!
- Beautiful on the Outside by Adam Rippon. Learn about the sacrifices Adam and his family went through to get him to the 2018 winter Olympics. Full of laughs.
All of these happen to be fiction with the exception of the last one which is an auto-biography. I did also read some great non-fiction, so if that’s more your cup of tea you can check out my full list here.