Welcome December! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Boxing Day! Happy Holidays! Whatever holiday you are celebrating this season, I hope you get to be with the ones you love and that you are happy!

For this month’s Book Adventure Challenge I thought I would share five of my favorite reads from 2020. I tried to pick 5 very different books with the hopes that you may find a book that will make the perfect gift for someone on your list. I love to give books as gifts. It’s exciting to match the perfect book to that special someone.

Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon was by far the best book I read this year. Truly, the BEST! This book was inspired by Nancy Wake who was a heroine of World War II. Nancy Wake was a Secret Agent for the British in the SOE. Nancy was air dropped into France during the occupation and was crucial in organizing the resistance to prepare them to fight along side the Allies after they stormed the beaches of Normandy. I don’t know that I have ever read about a braver woman. This book had my full attention from the very first sentence to the last. It also brought me to tears at one point. I also discovered my new favorite cocktail in this book. Cheers!

One Second After by William R. Forstchen was the book I was reading when the world shut down. I should warn you that if you suffer from anxiety this book could be a trigger. But it is wonderfully written and truly makes you think about what choices you would make in a similar situation. I wrote an entire review on this book shortly after I read it. You can check it out here.

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand I read in June just after the publication date. Elin Hilderbrand releases a book every June and every June I purchase said book. I have read every single book she has ever written. Her summer books are mostly set in Nantucket. Let’s just say after reading over 20 books, this has become a bucket list place for me to visit. 28 Summers is the most wonderfully, tragic love story. You will laugh and you will cry. It was simply my favorite summer read.

Lovely War by Julie Berry is a young adult book although I felt it read more like historical fiction. I was originally introduced to this book by Anne Bogel and her Modern Mrs. Darcy summer reading guide. The stories of Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette are told by Aphrodite. Aphrodite is caught in an affair by her husband Hephaestus and she must tell their stories of passion, heartbreak, and war or face judgement on Mount Olympus. This book was beautifully written. I would truly rank this book as one of the best I’ve read in my life.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord is also a young adult book. I really enjoy young adult books. They are typically quick reads for me and depending on the subject matter a fun diversion after a heavier read. Pepper is an overachieving high school student who secretly manages the Twitter account for her mother’s Big League Burger company. Jack is the class clown in charge of the Twitter account for his family’s neighborhood deli. Grilled cheese is the center of this Twitter battle. Let the games begin! Seriously, though, I recreated the grilled cheese in this book. YUM!!! This book was so much fun!

Well, there you have it! These were five of my favorite books of 2020. Hope you find a great book to read this holiday season! 🎄

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