In a year that tested my patience and my ability to survive with very little human interaction, I had to force myself to find things that brought me joy. It definitely wasn’t easy, on the bad days I couldn’t even bring myself to enjoy music and then I remembered that books exist. Look, when I was younger I used to get lost in worlds and I somehow forgot about the joy that books used to bring me. Well, I re-discovered reading and now I want to share with you 6 books that brought me joy in 2020.
Let’s be honest with each other, this year isn’t shaping up to be any easier. So maybe these books help distract your mind for a bit.
Red, White & Royal Blue was the first book I read in January 2020 and it provided me with so much serotonin. Now mind you, I read this before it all fell apart but I held on to the feelings this book gave me on the days when it all felt so incredibly dull. Alex Claremont-Diaz is the First Son of the United States and his duties often take him across the pond where he finds himself amidst the company of the irritating Prince Henry. This book, though a bit long for a romance novel, is full of the kind of yearning that will force you to read this story slowly. You won’t want to miss the ways that Alex and Prince Henry slowly fall in love. We love some LATINX and LGBTQ representation and this book does it in a beautiful way.
We love a thriller! Sure I saw the twist coming a mile away but the journey to get there felt satisfying. I do have to warn you though, there are extremely graphic scenes in this book. The descriptions of the murders feel nauseating at times but I hope you can look past it because at its core this is a story about two sisters working through grief to help each other.
Talia Hibbert has quickly become my favorite romance novel author. Get A Life, Chloe Brown is the first in a series of books about three sisters and it’s what got me immediately hooked. When chronically-ill Chloe Brown writes out a bucket list of things she wants to accomplish, she calls on the help of handyman Redford “Red” Morgan to help her with the tasks. Yes, slowly falling in love. Yes, steamy sex scenes. Yes, openly discussing mental health and chronic illness!
I love the fake-dating trope and Talia Hibbert brings us a wonderful story involving just that. This book felt like the sun was shining directly down on my face. The serotonin that this book gave me lasted me for MONTHS! Talia does a great job at building up romantic feelings and I swear reading this book will give you butterflies in your stomach. You will be rooting for Danika and Zafir the entire time.
This book! When Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo decides that it’s time to tell her life story, she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant. Evelyn’s life story is as iconic as the films that made her a house-hold name. There are twists, turns and constant revelations that will leave your jaw on the floor. This book was so wonderfully-written that I found myself googling whether this actress actually existed. I will not spoil a thing for you but believe me when I say that this book is every bit worth its hype.
Do you know how invigorating it is to see yourself represented in a genre that you’ve loved all your life? Mexican Gothic tells the story of Noemí Taboada, who receives a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin. She soon makes the decision to travel to her cousin’s house to ensure that her cousin is okay and a gothic thriller ensues. This book was so exhilarating and gave us a beautiful brown woman as a heroine! We love to see it.
There you have it! I hope the books I mentioned bring you a bit of joy if you do decide to pick one of them up. I’m always looking for new books to fall in love with. What books have you been reading lately?