Let’s start this of with some positive things! I read a total of 103 books in 2020, and these are my favourites.
18-th Century Fashion in Detail by Susan North
This is a beautiful book which truly lives up to it’s title. You get really close-up details on garments and some text on said garments. You can truly see the amazing skills you needed to have to truly make a dress. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fashion study, or has an interest in historical fashion!
I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads.
Daphnis and Chloe by Longus
I never really read books written in antiquity, but this one made me want to read more! This is such a cute little story. You have to read it through a non-modern glasses, as I had to raise my eyebrows a little bit with a few parts. If you want to start reading classics, or books written in antiquity, I really recommend this one! I know romance isn’t my favourite thing in the world, but it was adorable.
I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.
Warriors Witches Women- Mythology’s fiercest females by Kate Hodges
First of all, I really don’t like the term ‘females’, women aren’t ‘females’, we use ‘females’ for animals, thank you. However, this book is amazing. I learned a lot about a lot of cultures (finally a book about women that isn’t just different shades of beige and white). It made me quite emotional at parts, because I really don’t like unfairness. This is not a book for children though, so don’t get this thinking this would be a great gift to a child. I have other options on that here, but be aware that these are very old reviews so some might have been called out as problematic.
I gave this one 4 stars on Goodreads.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Yes, I did re-read my favourite book for the 10th billion time. I feel a bit like I’m cheating for talking about this one, but this is my favourite book by FAR. Little Women has a very big soft spot in my heart. If you want a feel good book which doesn’t have a lot things happening in it, this is your girl. You know how some people read Harry Potter A Lot and they’ll always give it 5 stars because it’s their childhood favourite, even though JK Rowling and some of the books are problematic? Yeah, this is my Harry Potter.
I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.
A Curious History of Sex by Kate Lister
I absolutely LOVE this book. I’m extremely asexual so reading, hearing, watching, acknowledging sex is highly uncomfortable for me, so me reading a book on it says a lot. This book is absolutely hilarious and not awkward at all. I highly recommend it if you want to get into non-fiction, as it’s really approachable. The book looks massive, but don’t be deterred because it’s an incredible quick read and has a lot of pictures. 😉
I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads
The Girl From the Other Side – Siúil, a Rún by Nagabe
Yes, I’m starting to read manga again. I used to read it a lot as a teenager but kinda put it to the side as people were making fun of me for liking it. But now I’m the grown up age of 26, I don’t care anymore. The Girl from the Other Side is an adorably, dark story about a girl who is dumped in the Outside, a place that’s dangerous as heck. An inhuman creature finds her and takes her in and takes care of her, so she doesn’t know what’s actually going on. Or does she? I really love these, they are so dark but I’m absolutely in love with Shiva and Teacher is a GEM. I highly recommend it if you are into creepy and cute manga.
I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads.
Will my Cat Eat my Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty
This book is hilarious and highly needed in children’s books! There aren’t enough books for children where they are taken seriously. This book takes a very good approach on explaining to children what it’s like to work with death, what death is, what happens to people when they die. This is a great book even if you are beyond the age of children. I highly recommend it!
I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.
These are just some of my favourite books of the year 2020! What were yours?