Top 5 Books Of 2020 You Need To Read In 2021

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

What a sad place the world would be without books, wouldn't it? 

In a time of the global pandemic, books provided a safe space for so many of us. Diving into different worlds that, as crazy as it may sound, looked much more normal than our reality.  Escaping into the worlds where at the end everything was right or at least seemed like it is made us reach for the books more often. 

For some 2020 might feel like a book with way too many plot twists so they decided not to reach into the fictional world. 2020 is finally over and although our world doesn't look much different now we're in 2021, reaching for one out of five of the books mentioned in this post might make it at least a little bit better. 

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"Warrior of the Light: A Manual is an inspirational companion to The Alchemist, an international bestseller that has beguiled millions of readers around the world. Every short passage invites us to live out our dreams, to embrace the uncertainty of life, and to rise to our own unique destiny. 
In his inimitable style, Paulo Coelho helps bring out the Warrior of the Light within each of us. He also shows readers how to embark upon the way of the Warrior: the one who appreciates the miracle of being alive, the one who accepts failure, and the one whose quest leads him to become the person he wants to be."

Warrior of the Light is a book I would recommend to anyone who is feeling a little bit lost. This manual is written so that you can easily get the point. Every sentence is so philosophical but so understandable. I must say that this is a book you either like or dislike. It also depends on what state of mind you are in while you are reading it. You should definitely give it a try and even if you don't really understand it right now, try again after some time. Warrior of the Lights shares so many valuable lessons we often forget about. It puts a lot of things into perspective. You'll be able to relate to some things and have the aha-effect with others. 


"The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it. "To Kill A Mockingbird" became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, "To Kill A Mockingbird" takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature."

To Kill a Mockingbird has been on my reading list for such a long time. I know that I'm quite late to the party with this one but I'm still so happy I made it. This book is so beautifully written. It is really easy to read and to understand. You can really feel what the characters are going through and the thoughts behind their actions.  Once I picked it up I couldn't leave it. Each chapter makes you want to know more until you are at the end of the book. I can definitely tell why is this book so popular and so important for the literature. If you've not already, be sure to read this magnificent piece. 


"Brett Bohlinger has forgotten all about the list of life goals she’d written as a naïve teenager. In fact, at thirty-four, Brett seems to have it all—a plum job at her family’s multimillion-dollar company and a spacious loft with her irresistibly handsome boyfriend. But when her beloved mother, Elizabeth, dies, Brett’s world is turned upside down. Rather than simply naming her daughter the new CEO of Bohlinger Cosmetics, Elizabeth’s will comes with one big stipulation: Brett must fulfill the list of childhood dreams she made so long ago.

Grief-stricken, Brett can barely make sense of her mother’s decision. Some of her old hopes seem impossible. How can she possibly have a relationship with a father who died seven years ago? Other dreams (Be an awesome teacher!) would require her to reinvent her entire future. For each goal attempted, her mother has left behind a bittersweet letter, offering words of wisdom, warmth, and—just when Brett needs it—tough love. As Brett struggles to complete her abandoned life list, one thing becomes clear: Sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places."

The Life List is the book I read during the lockdown. It is the book that shed some light on some very challenging times. As soon as I started reading it I could tell that this book will become one of my absolute favorites. The story is so emotional yet interesting and fun. This was another page-turning book. It made me laugh out loud but also cry and emphasize with the characters. The Life List talks about some important social issues a lot of people are facing. It makes you think about your own life and how usually we take it for granted while in fact, we should be grateful for it. This is also the first book I read after the longest reading slump ever so if you are experiencing a reading slump I recommend picking up this book. 


"From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—"Scout"—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. 
Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can be guided only by one's conscience.
Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic."

Of course, after reading To Kill A Mockingbird I just had to read the second part of this book, Go Set A Watchman. I actually bought this book first and waited to get To Kill A Mockingbird to start reading it. I'm glad I did it that way although you can read this part prior to the first one. This book made just so much more sense because I could connect things from the first book. Go Set A Watchman in my opinion had a different tone than To Kill A Mockingbird. 



"Tenleigh Falyn struggles each day to survive in a small, poverty-stricken, coal mining town where she lives with her sister and mentally ill mother. Her dream of winning the college scholarship given to one student by the local coal company and escaping the harshness of her life, keeps her going.
Kyland Barrett lives in the hills, too, and has worked tirelessly—through near starvation, through deep loneliness, against all odds—to win the Tyton Coal Scholarship and leave the town that is full of so much pain.
They're both determined not to form any attachments, but one moment changes everything. What happens when only one person gets to win? When only one person gets to leave? And what happens to the one left behind? Kyland is a story of desperation and hope, loss and sacrifice, pain and forgiveness, but ultimately, a story of deep and unending love."
This is a book I had the least expectation for. You know when they say "don't judge a book by its cover", well I did just that. Seeing a naked man's torso on a front cover made me think that it's some superficial rom-com. Don't get me wrong, I love romantic books.  This book definitely gave me a lesson. The story is so well portrayed and the characters are well developed. You can really imagine the place they live in, their family background, and why they act a certain way. 


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