Hi, Friends! Media Manager Allie here! Because of my love (re: life-consuming obsession) of books, Manda asked if I would do a guest blog post featuring 20 Books to Read in 2020. Obvious answer: absolutely. I’ve compiled a list of 20 books I firmly believe are worth your time this year and have included a brief nugget about each. Some of my picks are new fan-favorites, some are being turned into on-screen productions this year, and some are oldies but goodies. Regardless of the category, they each have impacted me in a significant way. My recs are in no particular order so if you want more guidance about which one to start with, message me on instagram: @the.bookshelf.review.

#1 Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

A small marsh town. An impoverished young girl. A murder. Full of twists and turns and written in an absolutely beautiful, lyrical style, this is one I’m recommending to everyone in 2020.

#2 The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

A true example of the book being better than the tv show. If you like the show, read this. If you don’t like the show, read this. Atwood’s work is captivating, alarming, and genius.

#3 The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

A heartwarming and heartbreaking tale of a young man in Auschwitz who is given the role of tattoo-ing the arms of his fellow prisoners. Based on real interviews of a holocaust survivor.

#4 The Final Girls by Riley Sager

Truthfully, I’m about over the “female lead psychological thriller genre”, but this one haunted me for days. If you like Ruth Ware, Gillian Flynn, and B.A Paris, you have to pick up this one.

#5 Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

The life-long tale of 2 best friends and their hardships, betrayals, and love. Coming to Netflix starring Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke.

#6 The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Set in France in WWII, this book follows two sisters as they try to survive and do the right thing. I’m not usually a huge fan of war novels, but this one punched me in the face (in a good way). In film pre-production starring Dakota and Elle Fanning.

#7 The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Based on a real boys reform school in Florida, Whitehead details the horrifying truths of segregation during the Civil Rights movement as a black teenager faces startling injustice that changes his life forever.

#8 Daisy Jones + The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Utilizing one of the most unique narrations I’ve ever experienced, Reid tells the story of Daisy and her bandmates as they become the most famous musical group of their time. Sexy, grungy, and mesmerizing.

#9 Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I am absolutely smitten with this book. Set in suburban Ohio, Ng masterfully weaves together every single characters point of view surrounding arson committed by a teenage girl. Coming to Hulu starring Reese Witherspoon.

#10 Children of Blood and Bone

My favorite young adult novel since Harry Potter (Big statement there, people). Set in a fictitious African-inspired world, 4 teenagers come together to bring back magic to their country. Absolutely addicting.

#11 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This one isn’t new, but it is a Young Adult must-read if you haven’t read it yet. It centers around a young black female and her personal experience with police brutality.

#12 The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

An adorable and exciting whirlwind teenage romance that spans a single day in New York City. Characters are quirky and charming.

#13 Love Lives Here by Maria Goff

A collection of anecdotes and lessons from a woman who lives her life with the intention of loving big. Such an easy and warm read that leaves you wanting to be more like The Goff’s in every way.

#14 November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Not the most profound book on this list, but definitely the most addicting. It follows the story of a man and woman who promise to meet up every year on November 9th. I accidentally finished this read in under 12 hours because I just couldn’t stop.

#15 The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

4 young siblings meet with a psychic who tells them each the date they’re going to die. The book follows each sibling through his/her entire lifespan and will constantly make you ask yourself the question: would you want to know?

#16 Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

An absolutely adorable (and equally impactful) read about a black babysitter that gets accused of kidnapping the white child she watches. Reid’s style is refreshing, honest, and makes a statement about interracial relationships.

#17 The Radium Girls

You’ll be stunned you never learned about this in history class. This historical non-fiction book tells the story of the women who died horrific deaths after working in radium factories during WW1.

#18 The Devil in the White City

A captivating historical non-fiction read that ties together the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago with the insane serial killer, H. H Holmes.

#19 The Woman in the Window

A thriller about a woman who stays in her home and watches life happen out her windows. The movie is coming out later this year starring Amy Adams.

#20 Dear Edward

This is the next book on my list and EVERYONE is talking about it. I haven’t read it yet, but if you wan’t to make sure you’re in-the-know, pick this one up asap.

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