Wow what a year 2020 was. I cannot believe that it is over already. I won’t lie this year felt like it took forever but somehow also felt like it passed really quick.
Looking back on this year, there was a lot of not great things that happened. Mostly just dealing with COVID-19. I don’t like to focus on negative things so I want to write about the positives of this year.
I got to sneak a trip into Cuba with some amazing people just before the things started to get bad with COVID.
I had 2 best friends get engaged.
I got to attend a wedding for a friend
I had my first summer off since I was 14
I got to go see some beautiful places in Saskatchewan
I discovered a lot about myself
I got a puppy
I got into blogging more
I read more
I found an amazing job that seems to fit me perfectly.
I got to see some friends that I haven’t seen in a few years
and I am sure that there were many other positives that I could try to remember but they are not immediately coming to mind.
so as we go and enter a new gregorian year, safely, I hope that you look back on the 2020 and highlight the positives. There may have been a lot more shitty thing happen but we are going to hopefully leave those in 2020.
So I posted a lot of book reviews on the blog this year. Especially near the end of the year. Like that is all I posted at one point. That was because I had a goal of reading 20 books for 2020. Now in reality that is not a lot of books (I feel). This is just under 2 books a month. But with life and being a lazy butt, I knew that this was still going to be a challenge.
So naturally I have to rate my top read of 2020. After reading 20, I thought 5 was a good amount to do. I will also link my reviews of them.
Starting at number 5 we have:
This book makes my top five because I actually found it interesting about creating habits. Have I put any into motion to create better habits for myself…No but I plan on it once I get my shit together.
This one makes my list because it had many good points that everyone needs to hear. As much as it is another white lady selling “self help”, it had views that were different then any other “Self help” books.
3. Braiding Sweetgrass
This book will hads down make my list at all times. The only reason it isn’t number 1 is because I really enjoyed the stories that are in #2 and #1 spots. This book made me want to appreciate the world that is around me more. Not the city but the natural world. This book also made me think of how humans just take and don’t think of the consequences.
So I read this book right as COVID-19 was just picking up in North America. I will say the pandemic in the book had a hell of a lot more casualties. As much as it was weird reading about a pandemic, I really enjoyed the story. I have yet to read the sequel but maybe in the new year I will.
1. The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
This book just had such a great story, I wanted to keep reading to find out how it would end. I highly recommend this book if you like reading non-fiction.
So there it is, my top 5 books that I read over 2020. Do you have a top 5 list? Let me know in the comments if you do, I am always looking for recommendations and I will need to get it all figured out for the next year!
Well well well here we are again with another book review. I know I have posted a lot of them but I am having a bit of creativity block and I keep reading books (mostly because I had a goal I needed to finish).
So, I finally read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I have seen this book be recommended by so many people and everyone saying it is so good. Naturally I put myself on the waitlist and I listened to the audiobook.
As a side note I have been going really hard on the audiobooks because it is easier for me to digest what I am listening to and also I can listen to the book while I am at work (Yah! go multi-tasking).
Anywho, let’s get to the review. Like I said before I had heard a lot of great things about this book and I kind of knew somewhat what it was about. OK, I really just knew it was about a “swamp girl”. That is it, that is all I knew. So maybe not “a lot”.
This book follows the life of Kya Clarke. The books starts out while Kya is young and her mother walking out on her. This isn’t the first person to walk out of Kya’s life and it won’t be the last. We are moved through Kya’s life where she has all sorts of experiences. One of these experiences being on trial for murder (no bid deal or anything right?!). I won’t say anything more about this book because it may be somewhat of a spoiler.
My review, I won’t lie when I started this book it took me a bit to get into, I don’t know if it was because the reader was talking in a southern accent as a uneducated child or if the beginning of the story just was not as captivating. Anywho I persisted through and eventually I was able to go with the flow.
I really enjoyed this book. I think it was because the character developed throughout the whole book. I mean we are reading (listening for some) Kya’s life story. We follower her into becoming this woman that is really unexpected for how she started and really how the townspeople view her.
I really enjoyed the end of the book also. I won’t spoil it because it is really is surprising and I am glad it ended the way it did.
I think this is a book that you should read, I am sure that there are people that have heard of it or have seen it. It has definitely earned its praise. I am sure that this is unsurprising but it gets 5 stars.
And at the end of 2020 I realize that I have really only reviewed books that pretty much gave a 5-star rating. I will have to try to do better next year and have more of a variance in the ratings (means I will just have to tough out reading the shitty books too).
Well that is the end of this review and for the reviews for the end of the year. I will definitely be posting my top 5 books of 2020 later in december and hopefully can get enough of a blog/puppy balance going to get Christmas content written.