My Books of 2020… so far…

This was going to take the format of my Top 5 posts, but it was literally impossible for me to narrow it down to 5! I feel truly spoilt by the quality of books I’ve read in 2020 and these are the nine that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about… (While not all published this year – although a majority are – they’re all ones I’ve read since January.)

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My Books of 2020… so far…

Obsessed with Gothic…

The Lost Ones by Anita Frank
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Yep, my new favourite genre of 2020 – Gothic! I plan on reading more but these two beauties will be hard to beat for their all round amazingness. They tick all the Gothic convention boxes, while bringing their own unique spin to the genre.

The emotional hitters…

Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

These are two books that will leave a residue in your heart – for very different reasons. But they both pack such an emotional punch that I am recommending them to everyone this year. Exquisite storytelling.

The Gallic charmer…

The Mystery of Henri Pick by David Foenkinos (Translated by Sam Taylor)

You know when you just have a smile on your face the whole time you are reading? That’s what happened here. Originally published in French, this is such a clever, literary themed story that sucked me in from page 1 and I keep thinking about now.

Amazing characters…

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

You HAVE to meet these women. Queenie, Daisy and Maren (from The Mercies) are resilient, so likeable and each have a powerful message to tell about the prejudice they face due to their circumstances, colour of their skin or time they were born.

Each book is beautifully written – from the magazine interview format of Daisy Jones & the Six to the contemporary tone of Queenie and beautiful imagery The Mercies conjures up.

IRL realness…

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

This book was such an eye-opening read. Schooling me on my white privilege, black history in the UK and how to be an anti-racist. Such an important read for me, I’ve already bought it for several people to help share the message.

What do you think of my choices? Have you read any of these books?

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