Best Picks from 91 Books of 2020

January 01, 2021

Hello everyone!

Woah, it has been ages since my last post. I'd admit that different hobbies take turns at the backseat; each has its season.

Well, well. I set myself a goal of 50 books for my Goodreads Challenge for the past two years in a bid to reduce reading and spend more time on other avenues, to completely no avail. Reading isn't an addiction for me - it's an absolute way of life.

For the year of 2020, I read 91 English books! (And a few Chinese novels and a handful of baby Malay books) 

On 29 Dec the thought of trying to cram 9 books into 2-3 days to win my challenge did indeed cross my mind. Lol.

Anyway, here are my faves:

Fiction

  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
  • The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
  • The Wandering Earth by Liu Cixin
  • Recursion by Blake Crouch
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Non-fiction

Singapore

Creepy as Wack
  • Earthlings by Sayaka Murata
Trying to be creepy but not really (perhaps I read too much into their titles):


  • The Warlow Experiment
  • The Family Upstairs 
  • The Silent Patient
I also read a bunch of cute romance novels and the Sherlock Holmes series (which was more interesting after Benedict Cumberbatch brought him to life).

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DID NOT ENJOY!!! πŸ˜’

Unfortunately, I did not enjoy these books. Oh well :/

  • Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
  • A Certain Exposure by Jolene Tan
  • Fox Fire Girl by O Thiam Chin
  • Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone
  • Diary of an Expat in Singapore (I couldn't stomach nor finish this)
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Chinese Books:

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Genre: Mystery
ι—•δΈ€εˆ€ (Que Yi Dao) is a rare, highly trained 'substitute chef' with excellent skills.  丁筱霞 (Ding Xiao Xia) is a police school drop out, and works as a private investigator. Their paths cross as they get involved in a tangle of mysteries and murder. 
I read this in 繁体 and really enjoyed the story! It drops lots of hints so maybe you can try to solve some parts of the case. Read this until 3am in the morning, omg.

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I also read a couple of Malay story books in a bid to learn a new language! Need to put in more effort though haha. 

Decided to just go ahead and set a goal of 100 books this 2021. Many years I fall short of the goal, but it's ok haha I want to enjoy the process of reading! 100 books a year - 1000 books in ten years! Wow!

Feel free to share any good reads with me! Or add me on the actual Goodreads website :)

Cheers,
Skye

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Cover Photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash

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