In celebration of exiting my twenties and fully embracing the big 3-0, I’m recapping my absolute favourite books of the past couple of years. Funnily enough, the last two years of my twenties were also the first two years of the 2020’s, so – best books of the twenties it is! See what I did there 😉
Without further ado, here are the contenders…
1. The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
What I loved about it: This book absolutely blew my mind. Think murder-mystery party but with the added element of time-travel / groundhog day. Only the most talented writing could make this work, while also keeping the reader’s attention at the same time.
2. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
What I loved about it: This book was simply beautiful. Addie makes a deal with the devil to avoid marrying someone she doesn’t love, but at a cost. Addie can live forever as a free woman, but whoever she meets will forget her as soon as they look away.
What I loved about it: Such an original idea. This book is narrated by an immortal dog, who gets separated from his (also immortal) master and takes over a century to find him again. The dog’s unique perspective is used to reflect on how we as humans live our lives, and similar to Addie LaRue provides some interesting interpretations about time and mortality.
4. Once Upon a River
What I loved about it: A story about stories, this book is like a fairytale. A little bit of magic combined with traditional folklore, you see how several villages come together over an unprecedented event; but how the retellings of the story change.
5. Where the Crawdads Sing
What I loved about it: Not your usual coming-of-age story, this book follows Kya – abandoned to fend for herself in the marshes of North Carolina as a child – as she grows up and becomes embroiled in a murder trial. I liked the endearing characters, explorations of friendship and betrayal, and how the symbolism of the marsh is used to examine what we consider to be wild or natural.
6. The Corset
What I loved about it: A real page-turner. A young seamstress called Ruth believes she can inflict pain and suffering through the garments she sews. But can she, or is it just coincidence? Also one of the best endings I’ve read recently.