5 Books That Kept Me Sane During The Hell That Was 2020

Everyone, I’m sure, went completely bonkers last year. I don’t know about you, but I definitely did. And through all that, books were one of the things that kept me grounded to my senses. Even if my heart broke along the way. So here are a few books that helped me to not lose my mind in 2020.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

It was kind of impossible for me to make this list without including this series. And I know that a lot of readers have mixed opinions on these books; you either love it with all your heart, or hate it with a burning passion. There is hardly an in-between.

I personally loved this series so much. I’m never good when it comes to committing myself to a long series, so finishing this seven-book-long series with its novellas definitely took me by surprise.

Also, I think my heart broke about ten times through the course of this series. The characters are so beautifully created, the world of Erilea is majestic, and the plot always keeps you at the edge of your seat. Another thing I love about these books are the character relationships, and not just the romance, but even the friendships.

I mean, come on, it has kings, queens, assassins, fae, and demons. What more could you want?

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

This YA contemporary romance is perfect for readers who want to fall in love with the olden days. Set in the 1990s, this book revolves around a boy and a girl, the latter of whom is new to town. But Eleanor is very different from the other students. She has a distinct style which makes her stand out almost everywhere.

Park is the exact opposite. He’s an introverted, sits-at-the-back-of-a-bus kinda guy. He’s among the people who find solace in being invisible. But Eleanor makes him come out of that shell.

This was such a cute, light read which definitely kept the horrors of 2020 at bay. The small references to Star Wars and 90’s music was something I loved a lot and made this a much more enjoyable read.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

A gang of misfits. A heist. Found family. Amazing banter. And Kaz. It has everything I could ever hope for. The characters were amazing, the story was *chefs kiss*, and the ending completely destroyed me. Talk about trying to be sane. 

The tragic backstories were…well, tragic. I loved seeing the character development in each of them and the slow burn romance in this book… you know, I can’t even call it romance because it was practically non-existent but we still got snippets of random love declarations which I’m totally here for.

I would understand if a lot of people found the whole plot very confusing. The world is somewhat hard to get into, but if and when you do, it becomes really hard to not love it. 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This magical novel is set in a circus, where two magicians, trained since birth are partaking in a duel that will only end when one of them dies. It’s a perfect template for an amazing story. The catch? The two magicians fall in love. But the competition has to go on, and soon everyone’s fates depend on them. 

The writing is brilliant and every chapter leaves you wanting more. The vivid imagery makes you want to close your eyes and just slip into the story. I loved how the destinies of so many people were entangled with each other and the seering romance made me fall in love all over again. 

The specialty of this book is that even though the novel is jumping from one timeline to another, you don’t lose sight of what is happening. It’s almost addicting.

The rich prose of this book is so seductive and casts a spell on all your senses. I would recommend this to everyone who’s looking for a magical adventure and wants to escape the real world, even if it is only for a few hours.

And you can’t blame me if I say that the first thing that comes to my mind when I read the author’s name is The Mortal Instruments :p

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork

One is dying of cancer. The other’s planning a murder.

When Pancho arrives at St. Anthony’s Home, he knows his time there will be short: If his plans succeed, he’ll soon be arrested for the murder of his sister’s killer. But then he’s assigned to help D.Q., whose brain cancer has slowed neither his spirit nor his mouth. D.Q. tells Pancho all about his “Death Warrior’s Manifesto,” which will help him to live out his last days fully–ideally, he says, with the love of the beautiful Marisol.

As Pancho tracks down his sister’s murderer, he finds himself falling under the influence of D.Q. and Marisol, who is everything D.Q. said she would be, and he is inexorably drawn to a decision: to honor his sister and her death, or embrace the way of the Death Warrior and choose life.

At the time I had read this, it had been a long time since I saw such depth in a story. Even thinking about this right now makes me emotional. I haven’t laid my eyes on this book for such a long time, and looking back at it now, all the memories just coming rushing into my mind, leaving me in a mess once again. I can’t say anything about this book other than ‘JUST READ IT. YOU WON’T REGRET IT.”

So those were some of the best books that kept me in my senses the whole of last year. Have you read any of these? How did you think they were? Let me know in the comments! And don’t forget to like and follow if you like my content! Until next time!

-Rania ❤

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