5 2020 Reads that were Surprising

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my Friday post, I decided to go with books I read in 2020 that surprised me. In this regard, I’m talking about books that surprised me in a good way. Since I already did a post about my disappointing read, I wanted to do something a bit more positive for Friday so let’s get into the 5 books I read last year that were surprising.

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5. Caraval (Caraval #1)

The first surprising read for me in 2020 was Caraval by Stephanie Garber. This was a book that Ellyn picked out for me in January and I’m still thinking about it a year later. This book follows a girl who gets invited to Caraval and it’s basically her journey in figuring things out and playing the game. It was a pretty high fantasy/magical book that I would’ve never picked up but I enjoyed it.

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4. Bottle Rocket (So Over the Holidays #3)

The next book I chose for this one is Bottle Rocket by Erin McLellan. Despite being the third book in a series, this can be read as a standalone. I saw this on Twitter right before July 4th and I decided to pick it up. This book follows Rosie and Leo who are getting their second-chance romance since they were high school sweethearts.

This was so delightful and SO much smuttier than I thought it would be. I honestly felt like this was a unique and fun 4th of July read. Plus it introduced me to a totally new series and one I’ve come to love.


3. The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride #1)

The next surprising book to make my list is The Angel Experiment which is the first book in the Maximum Ride series. This book features a group of kids who have special abilities and it’s basically them fighting for their lives. It’s such a unique story and it was an incredibly quick read. I’m so happy that my boyfriend decided to recommend this one to me since he’s a fan of the series. While it’s not a new favorite, it was a nice change of pace for me.


2. Tweet Cute

The next surprising book I read was Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. This book features two competing grilled cheese restaurants and the teens who run the accounts feuding but it also features them having other relationships irl and online. I don’t want to get into too many details, but I thought it was super delightful, sweet and surprisingly heartfelt. I really did enjoy it and I can’t wait to read more from this author.

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1. Desperate Measures (Wicked Villains #1)

The final surprising read for me in 2020 was Desperate Measures by Katee Robert. This was my first Katee Robert read and I have to say that I absolutely loved this. It was my first foray into dark romance and while it took some getting used to, it was something I came to enjoy. This is another case where I want to read the rest of this series and read basically everything else she writes. Overall, this was the biggest surprised for me and I’m glad I picked it up early in the year.

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Those are five surprising reads from 2020 and honestly, I feel like I could have gone on and on. I read tons of books in 2020 and I hope I can keep the same energy heading into 2021 and find some surprising reads. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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6 thoughts on “5 2020 Reads that were Surprising

  1. Great picks! Tweet Cute was one of the first books I read in 2020 and I absolutly LOVED it! Desperate Measures was also my first Katee Robert book last year & I will never see Aladdin in the same light let alone Jafar lOL! but I also really enjoyed that twist 🙂

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      1. I quickly one clicked the second book LOL! I think it’s a Meg, Hades and Persephone retelling? I could be wrong but gahhh that sounds so good! I hope you enjoy your mini vacay 🙂

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  2. I’ve never read the Maximum Ride books, but I did read Hawk, which is the first book in the following series. I didn’t get the references to the previous books (and I’m sure there were lots), but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the experience of the adventure. Glad you liked it, I might have to pick them up!!

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