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My favourite books of 2020 so far

Now we are at the halfway point of the year, I have been reflecting on my favourite books so far in 2020. I started the year with vigour reading loads, more recently my reading has taken a dip. I decided to write this post and reflect on the amazing books I have read so far to inspire me to seek out more amazing reads and get my mojo back.
My favourite books of 2020 so far

I have chosen five books that I loved and would recommend to anyone, all very different, all fantastic, all must reads.

The Hunting Party - Lucy Foley

The Hunting Party was the first book I read this year and it's stayed with me, written in Lucy Foley's unique style, the chapters written from every characters point of view, make this an interesting and modern take on an who done it, one of the oldest genres of stories going.

A group of thirty somethings, old uni pals meet up for there annual New Years break, this time in a remote Scottish hunting lodge. they arrive on December 30th, two days later one of them is dead, and one of them is a murderer.

Check out my full review.

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid

I adored this book from start to finish, it's one of those proper page turners you can't put down.

Evelyn Hugo is a Hollywood icon, a reclusive now, but glamorous and scandalous in her day. She's decided now is the time to reveal the true story behind the seven husbands and the scandal that followed her throughout her career. She chooses Monique a little known journalist with love life problems of her own to publish her story. And that is where the story begins.......

All The Rage - Cara Hunter

After reading All the Rage, I devoured Hunter's other books in the series. She is one incredible crime writer, whose books are gripping, with incredible detail, and if you are anything like me will be a complete mystery as to who done it, until the end. 

A teenage girl is found wandering the streets dazed and confused, her story terrifying, having been grabbed off the street a plastic bag over her head, she is driven to somewhere secluded and it appears assaulted before managing to get away. DI Fawley investigates but there is little to go on, the girl to scared to cooperate. The story is startlingly familiar and has a parallel to a case Fawley worked on many years ago, and then another girl goes missing...... Fawley has to act or this one might not be coming home.

Blood Orange - Harriet Tyce

This is another book that had me gripped from the start, with twists and turns galore. I for one was completely gobsmacked at the ending. Many of the characters turn out different to how I first thought. 

Alison appears to have it all going for her, a doting husband, adorable daughter and a career on the rise. She finally got her first murder case, but all is not what it first seems.

Alison drinks too much and is having an affair with a colleague, she's neglecting her family and the "murderer" she's defending is definitely not  telling her the whole story. In truth Alison's life is falling apart and someone knows what she's upto, and is threatening to turn her life upside down.

Queenie - Candy Carty Williams 

Queenie for me was a real eye opener, a topical read that talks about everyday racism from the point of view of a black woman in the UK. 

Queenie is stuck between two worlds neither of which she feels she quite fits. She always dreamt of being a journalist but feels overlooked by her boss amongst her white middle class colleagues. Her love life has took a nosedive after her boyfriend announces he wants to take a break, and her traditional family won't listen to her problems. Queenie takes solitude in a string of meaningless flings with men who treat who treat her badly, and it's not until she's at breaking point that anyone notices.

Queenie is a must read.

What are your stand out books this year?

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