If you’re looking for the ultimate compilation of best books of 2020, look no further.
I know how tough it can be trying to find the “best books” to read, especially since new releases are aplenty. But fret not, I’m here to help you with that.
Whether you’re looking for fiction or young-adult novels, memoirs or non-fiction, this is a complete list of the best books of 2020 (that we’ll continue to refresh as the months go by). Let’s take a look at the best books of 2020 up till April and remember to share with us (and your friends) all your favourite books!
Best Books that were released in January
F*ck Your Diet and Other Things My Thighs Tell Me by Chloé Hilliard
This series of relatable and amusing essays about the diet culture, race, feminism and pop culture by Chloe Hilliard highlights how society reinforces the message that we are nothing without a perfect body.
But is that all life is about? The author lighthearted touches will remind and help you to change your outlook on life, and how to f*ck your diet.
Buy F*ck Your Diet and Other Things My Thighs Tell Me here.
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
A flawless crime novel set in Philadelphia, Long Bright River follows Mickey as she turns obsessed with finding the murderer behind the deaths of sex workers. And she has to pray that her missing sister, Kacey does not become the next victim.
Buy Long Bright River here.
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
In this inspiring novel by Ann Napolitano, Dear Edward follows the life of a 12-year-old boy who is the sole-survivor of a plane crash. Edward struggles with grief and pressure from the media as he tries to piece his life back together. But then he makes a startling discovery of a bunch of letters from the relatives of the other passengers, and they are all addressed to him.
Buy Dear Edward here.
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
An engaging read set during the Spanish Civil War, follow Victor, an army doctor, who weds Roser, his late brother’s wife. What started out as a necessity to escape from Europe to Chile slowly develops into love as they settle in their new home.
Buy A Long Petal of the Sea here.
Best Books that were released in February
When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann
An incredible memoir of her family history, Ariana Neumann depicts the side of her father that she never knew. Her father, who was a strong and successful man left her a box of letters with his photo ID that is printed with a name she didn’t recognise. She starts to make sense of the unknown language he screamed at night and begin to uncover her Jewish roots that her father never told her.
Buy When Time Stopped here.
Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown
A vintage cookbook from the 1950s connects Alice, a former writer, to a 1950s housewife Nellie Murdoch. As Alice cooks her way through the delectable recipes and try to fix her own relationship, she soon finds that Nellie has hidden dangerous secrets to her marriage.
Buy Recipe for a Perfect Wife here.
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall
We’ve heard many people talking about feminism, and Mikki Kendall offers an insightful and extremely interesting perspective to the movement. Focused on the basic needs of survival, the fight against racism, ableism and transmisogyny are important issues, the author brings the focus away from mainstream feminism – where many are focused on improving privileges for the few.
Buy Hood Feminism here.
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
Literally put out of order, Oona somehow jumps to a random year of her life on every birthday. But as that throws her into a limbo of age, Oona soon learns how to live life fully in the moment – even if she’s living with a complete stranger.
Buy Oona Out of Order here.
Best Books that were released in March
Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir by Rebecca Solnit
Set in 1981, the impactful memoir tells the coming-of-age story of a female journalist, Rebecca Solnit. Relieve the punk era in San Francisco as Solnit grapples with violence, sexual harassment, trauma, the lack of a voice, and how she found comfort in the LGBTQ+ community.
Buy Reflections of My Nonexistence here.
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
Written by a critically acclaimed author, The City We Became follows five New Yorkers as they come together to battle an evil ancient threat. And they’ll need to come together and stop the threat from tearing New York apart. N.K. Jemisin writes magically as the world of science fiction and fantasy comes narrated in in a compelling story.
Buy The City We Became here.
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
Weaving together the lives of bartender Vincent and New York financier, Jonathan Alkatis, and Leon Prevant, Emily St. John Mandel weaves together the lives of these characters. The titled hotel moves between the Neptune-Avramidis ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and British Columbia as the characters struggle with greed, guilt and their past self amongst many others.
Buy The Glass Hotel here.
Best Books that were released in April
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
A dazzling debut novel by Frances Cha set in eccentric Seoul, If I Had Your Face follows four young women struggling in the fight for survival. Kyuri, a beautiful woman whose hard-won status at a “room-salon” is threatened by an impulsive mistake with a client; her flatmate Miho, an orphan who wins a scholarship to a prestigious art school in New York where her life becomes entangled with the Korean elites; their neighbour Wonna who is pregnant and have no idea how she and her husband have no idea how to raise in a competitive economy; and Ara, a hairstylist whose infatuation with a K-Pop star drives her to violent extremes.
Buy If I Had Your Face here.
Pretty Things by Janelle Brown (Apr 21)
Nina thought her liberal arts degree will kickstart her journey towards a fulfilling life, but she ended up swindling money alongside her boyfriend. When her mother falls extremely sick, Nina struggles with the medical bills and tries to pull the most daring scam to date. Targeting a uber-privileged young heiress (who is also an Instagram influencer), Nina soon finds out that there’s more to Vanessa than just a perfectly planned Instagram feed.
Buy Pretty Things here.
Best Books of All Time
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
The original inspiration behind major motion picture, The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells tells the sci-fi story of a man who is stuck in the horror of his own travel. An invisible man out of time and disguised stirs the curiosity of the villagers, and they soon realise that they are not just looking at the invisible man, but a chilling reflection of the unsolvable mysteries of their own souls.
Buy The Invisible Man here.
The Harry Potter Series
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Lord of the Rings Series
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Game of Thrones Series
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