What I’ve Been Reading in 2020

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I haven’t written one of these posts in quite some time, so I thought I would share some of the books I have been reading over Christmas and into 2020. I did read the latest in the Shopaholic series as well, and although a good read, it was very festive, so that might be one to add to your to-read list for next Christmas. I try not to give too much away about the books, so there shouldn’t be spoilers.

Why Mummy Doesn’t Give a ****!

I love the books in this series by Gill Sims as they are just so relatable. I may not have teenagers yet, but I feel forewarned by this book… Lighthearted reading, which is perfect for those who like to dip in and out of a book without the fear of losing track. The books are set out in the style of a diary and you follow the main character throughout the year, through the highs and lows of everyday life. As the title suggests, there are a few swears and some NSFW content, but it’s quite tame and hilarious in places. I found myself laughing out loud a couple of times, and reading out sections to Ed. I would definitely recommend giving the series a read from the start, if you are looking for something fun to read.

The Institute

I am a huge Stephen King fan, having read most of his books since I was a teenager. My brother and dad are fans as well, and I always make sure I pick up the newest book when it comes out. The Institute is a big book, and it was a little hard to get into. For anybody who also reads Stephen King often, you’ll not be surprised to find out that some of the action takes place in Maine (Mr King does love setting his books here), but you also travel around a little. The story is really interesting, and I found myself reading into the small hours a few times as it was hard to put down. I did find a couple of parts hard to read, due to the content matter being quite dark, but overall I enjoyed this book.

Reader, I Married Me!*

Another more lighthearted read, I was actually sent a copy of Reader, I Married Me by the author, which was lovely. The story, as you may have guessed, follows a woman who, after a breakup, sets about marrying herself. The media attention, once word gets out, has the lead character questioning everything but ultimately discovering things about herself she didn’t realise before. A great, girly read for cosy winter evenings.


Although I tend to read thrillers more these days, one of my favourite books I have ever read was P.S I Love You, preferring the book to the film adaptation (it should have stayed set in Ireland in my opinion), and this sequel was long-awaited. My mum, sister and me all got this book for Christmas and I had been forewarned that it was a little depressing, which it is, but it is also heartwarming and uplifting at the same time. I enjoyed the storyline, although I found it a little slow in places, and it was another book that had me turning the pages, especially as I neared the end, wanting to know what would happen to the characters. Interestingly, I found myself seeing the actors from the film as I was reading, which was quite amusing (and distracting too, Gerard Butler, need I say more). Give this one a read but have the tissues handy as you might well have a little cry.


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2 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Reading in 2020

  1. Abi Howard

    I was a bit like you with Postscript – I grew up loving PS. I Love You (v disappointed in the film) so I was really looking forward to the sequel but there was just something about it that I didn’t find engaging until the last 100 pages or so. Perhaps it’s because I’ve grown up and my reading tastes have changed, but either way, I’m glad I’m not the only one!

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    1. Emma

      Ah no! I must admit PS I love you was a hard act to follow!


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