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Best Book Recommendations (So Far!) in 2020

Best Book Recommendations (So Far!) in 2020 | Twin Cities Mom Collective

We would wake up super early on those spring Thursday mornings. You had to if you wanted to get the good stuff. With my purple wallet tucked safely inside my coat pocket, we would park on the street and make our way up the stranger’s driveway. There was always a table of books at garage sales. $.10, $.25, sometimes $1, which was outrageous, so you’d then bargain your way through.

My mom would be immediately drawn to the murder mysteries; the lawyer serving the underdog, the woman who mysteriously vanished, the child abduction unsolved. She’d pick up a good love story, war story, or another that peaked her interest from time-to-time. I was on the hunt for books like The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon and Nancy Drew, Gertrude Chandler Warner’s The Boxcar Children, Ramona Quimby, and The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin. A good classic like The Secret Garden, Where the Red Fern Grows, Anne of Green Gables, or Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn was also a fun surprise occasionally. We would walk up to the card table, arms piled high in books, and then head back to the lake to devour our newest treasures.

My mom was a high school English teacher for 34 years until her retirement in 2013. She loved words and the power in them. She encouraged us in our reading, but also didn’t force it if it wasn’t quite our thing. That passion was passed down to 2 of the 5 of us kids, and often my older sister Michelle and I would be found deeply distracted in a book, much to the annoyance of our other siblings who wanted to play. In the past year, my youngest sister starting reading. She texted me one day and said, “It’s like a whole new world has opened up for me!” and I clapped out loud for her 35-year-old self.

Especially in the days we are currently in, escaping in a good book can be such a sweet treat and it’s never too late to start.

I compiled a master list of this year’s top books (mostly fiction), using the following credible sources: Oprah Magazine, lithub.com, Goodreads, and an article published on 3/27/2020 by bustle.com entitled “The Best Books of 2020 – If You Read Anything This Year, Make it One of These Books”. I have only read two of these so far {hello, homeschooling now and just life in this crazy time!} but you better believe I printed this off and have it hanging on my office wall to check off as I go.

  1. Long Bright River, Liz Moore
  2. A Long Petal of the Sea, Isabel Allende
  3. Hood Feminism, Mikki Kendall
  4. The Mirror & The Light, Hilary Mantel
  5. My Dark Vanessa, Kate Elizabeth Russell
  6. The Glass Hotel, Emily St. John Mandel
  7. little gods, Meng Jin
  8. The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett
  9. Uncanny Valley, Anna Wiener
  10. Why We Can’t Sleep, Ada Calhoun
  11. Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid
  12. Topics of Conversation, Miranda Popkey
  13. American Dirt, Janine Cummins
  14. Cleanness, Garth Greenwell
  15. When We Were Vikings, Andrew David MacDonald
  16. Oligarchy, Scarlett Thomas
  17. Untamed, Glennon Doyle
  18. Run Me to Earth, Paul Yoon
  19. Flight of the Century, Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman
  20. The Third Rainbow Girl, Emma Copley Eisenberg
  21. Dear Edward, Ann Napolitano
  22. Homie, Danez Smith
  23. With the Fire on High, Elizabeth Acevedo
  24. Wilmington’s Lie, David Zucchino
  25. Kindgomtide, Rye Curtis
  26. The Tenant, Katrine Engberg
  27. Between Two Fires, Joshua Yaffa
  28. The Black Cathedral, Marcial Gala
  29. The Magical Language of Others, E.J. Koh
  30. The Better Liar, Tanen Jones

As a last little nugget, here are my favorite go-to authors (this list was initially too long, so I’m only publishing current authors that still write). If they publish something new, I snatch it up quickly:

  • Jodi Picoult
  • Elin Hilderbrand
  • Kristin Hannah
  • Jennie Allen
  • Shauna Niequist
  • Liane Moriarty
  • Ken Follett

Here’s to happy reading, friends!

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