Looking for the books to read in 2020 that everybody’s talking about right now? There is no better feeling than recommending a book you love to your friends and co-workers. We love hearing what other people think of the books we like, basically, we have our own little book club.
It’s nice to read what other people are reading, so let us know what you think of these popular books…
1. Normal People
Normal People by Sally Rooney available here
This is the book everybody’s been talking about thanks to the recent TV show. Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but while Connell is popular and well-liked, Marianne is a loner with no friends. This book follows the unlikely duo who attempt to stay apart over the course of time, but just find that they can’t. Yes, this is one of the best books to read in 2020 at the moment. Buy it here.
2. My Dark Vanessa
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell available here
This book is so relevant. When accusations come out, years later, the question most people ask is ‘why now?’ and this story explores what it would be like to have lived your entire life thinking a relationship you had was consensual and wasn’t abuse, until someone else accuses that person of abuse, forcing you to rethink your relationship and figure out if losing your virginity to your English teacher was as romantic as you’d thought it was. Addictive and dark, this is a book you need to read. Buy it here.
3. Last Tang Standing
Last Tang Standing available here
Andrea Tang is doing her best to fulfill all her mother’s (and aunts) plans for her life. Her perfect Chinese boyfriend is now her perfect Chinese ex-boyfriend, there’s a new (non-Chinese) attractive lawyer trying to steal her promotion, her credit-card debt is up to her eyeballs and the last single cousin in her family is engaged. Every rom-com describes itself as laugh out loud, but this is the first one I actually laughed out loud at. Andrea’s internal ‘dear diary’ style writing is bloody hilarious. Buy it here.
4. The Vanishing Half
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett available here
The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. They grew up together and ran away together, but they now lead two very different lives. One lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape, while the other secretly passes for white. Her husband knows nothing of her past. But their daughters, each living two different narratives, will meet and worlds will collide. What will happen then? Buy it here.
5. Hood Feminism
Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall available here.
All too often the focus of mainstream feminism is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. This book confronts the idea that feminism isn’t just one narrative by one rich white woman (or another) but a collective idea formed also from the viewpoints of women from different classes, races, sexual orientations, and with various disabilities. How can feminists stand in solidarity as a movement when there is a distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others? Buy it here.