Saturday, January 2, 2021


Hi! By now, everyone must have jotted down their anticipated books for the year 2021. I am excited to share mine too, but I need to share my favorite reads from 2020 before all else.

My Best List is shorter this time, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that I disliked the rest. In fact, I gave sixteen 5-star ratings for 2020.

WHEN WE WERE VIKINGS by Andrew David MacDonald - This book managed to squeeze in huge topics –alcoholism, poverty, healthcare, abuse, and equal opportunity for everyone. MacDonald employed a witty and affecting narrative that engages the reader straightforwardly. He emphasizes the essentials for security, as well as human growth and development.

ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman - This book fleshes out people’s inner turmoil. Backman carries us into a narrative that allows us to see human vulnerability, including ours. And cleverly sways us to look at the dreariest of circumstances in a different light and challenges us to flex kindness all the time.

BLACK SUN by Rebecca Roanhorse - This book is the first in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy. Every detail of this book reveals in-depth research and rumination –the worldbuilding, the plot, and the ensemble of characters. Rebecca Roanhorse wrote a powerful starter.

MISS BENSON'S BEETLE by Rachel Joyce - How can a search for a beetle also be a discovery of one’s self? Of determination? Of friendship? This book has incredibly managed to provide me with the answers. Rachel Joyce can unfold life in small details -her stories are funny, poignant, and hopeful. And I would recommend her anytime.

If you have read these books, please share your thoughts. And if you have not picked them up yet, I highly encourage you to do so. Stay well and safe, my friends, and happy reading!


*This post is a part of the monthly linkups organized by Lovely Audiobooks! You can click here to check it out and be a part of it.

Circus Mirandus
Who Speaks for the Damned
Lalani of the Distant Sea
The 19th Christmas
The Secrets of Love Story Bridge
When We Were Vikings
The Love Story of Missy Carmichael
The 20th Victim
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
Dear Mrs. Bird
Of Literature and Lattes
Miss Iceland
Lost Autumn
Warren the 13th and the 13-Year Curse
Fox 8
Bells of Prosper Station
Writers & Lovers
Love Lettering


  1. Hi Louize!

    Just wanted to say thank you very much for choosing my book as one of your favourites :)

    I hope your 2021 is filled with warmth and lovely words.

    All best,

    Andrew David MacDonald

    1. Thank you for sharing Zelda's story. It's a pleasure meeting and knowing her inside these pages. I look forward to reading your next book, Andrew.