5 Must-Read Books in 2020

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Post Updated November 2020

During the current lockdown in the UK, I've been finding myself reading a lot more - which is quite the achievement considering I'm an English student and should be reading a lot anyway! It's been so nice to have more time to read novels for pleasure rather than for a module and I've been well and truly taking advantage of this and have found myself reading some books I've thoroughly enjoyed. For that reason, I thought I'd share my absolute must-reads books so far in 2020! I'm sure they'll be plenty more by the time we come out of lockdown! 

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Must-Read 1: The Flatshare - Beth O'Leary

The Flatshare focuses on the lives of Leon and Tiffy as they navigate being flatmates who have never actually met each other (at least to start with). They're also not flatmates in the traditional sense as they also share a bed, though not at the same time. The Flatshare has been a book that I have found myself devouring, willing the characters to meet and get on. The notes they leave around the flat for each other are my favourite part of the novel and I loved watching the relationship between them blossom. If you're after a book to get you feeling more positive during quarantine then give this one a go!

Must-Read 2: Black-Eyed Susans - Julia Heaberlin

Tessa, dubbed a 'Black-Eyed Susan' by the media, is the only survivor of a serial killer. Years later, the black-eyed Susans so-called killer is about to be executed but Tessa knows that this isn't the right man. Someone has been leaving her flowers in various places in the years after the trial and the novel slowly reveals the real killer as more evidence and forensics come to light. I did not expect the ending at all with this book so that's always a plus and I found myself guessing (incorrectly) right until the very end. If you're a psychological thriller fan then definitely check this novel out!

Must-Read 3: Where Angels Fear to Tread - E.M Forster

If classics are more your thing, or you fancy trying something a little less contemporary then any novel by Forster is fantastic (his A Room with a View is the inspiration behind the blog name). The story is set in Italy and follows Lilia as she falls in love with Gino but it is not all smooth sailing. She soon marries him and becomes pregnant, but Lilia's English family disagree with the marriage and believe that the child would be better off brought up in England so they embark to retrieve the child from Gino's care. It's a novel concerned with societal expectation, family and love. Despite being a 'classic' it's very easy to read and digest and it's also an incredibly short book with a twist that I didn't see coming.


Must-Read 4: Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams

If you're looking for a bold and vivacious character then look no further than Queenie. The story follows Queenie as she navigates life in London as a Brit of Caribbean descent. She's just split up with her boyfriend, Tom, she's struggling to be noticed in her job and her family don't seem to listen to her. If that isn't enough, she's trying to fit into a world that doesn't seem to understand her. Queenie is a novel that examines life in both a comic and dark way, exploring issues of race, sex, love and family all in a deeply gripping and highly enjoyable way - I would definitely recommend!


Must-Read 5: The Tattooist of Austwitzch - Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Austwitzch is a remarkable novel, based on the true story of Lale Sokolov who worked as the tattooist in the most formidable of concentration camps during Nazi rule. The book follows his encounters and story through the many gruelling years of camp life and the desperate need to survive. It is a novel that reminds you never to give up despite the adversities you face and prompts a reader to never lose hope. It's such a touching and unforgettable story which everyone must-read!

Those are some of my must-read books so far in 2020! Throughout lockdown, I've been reading so much more and I've been absolutely loving it! It's been so nice to have the time to start reading all the books on my to-read list instead of them just being sat on my shelf!


Those are my must-reads at the moment for books! What have you been reading?

26 comments

  1. I've heard just so many good things about The Flat Share! It's on my to-read list! x

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  2. The Flat Share is on my TBR pile too, I keep reading so many rave reviews! And I'd love to read the E M Forster novella - I often think novellas are better than novels, the condensed format means much more precise writing :) Lisa x

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    1. I agree - it's a good way to get a sense of an author too before committing to a long novel!

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  3. I've been meaning to read Queenie for a while so I may have to purchase! Also agree about The Flat Share as a positive read. I've seen lots of good things and think it's a perfect diversion from classics or more heavy reads xx

    eleanorclaudie.com

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  4. The Flat share sounds really good i might have to add it to my reading list! I am always looking for new things to read.

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  5. Thank you for the great recommendations. I haven't read any of these, but this is the second time this week that I read about The Tattooist and I can't wait to get my hands on it.
    Have a lovely day!

    Lindifique

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    1. I'd definitely recommend - such a good read!

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  6. I recently read "The Flatshare" and enjoyed it a great deal!

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  7. Nice. I've been reading books too during this lockdown

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  8. Great post! I've never read any of these books but I'll check them out!

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  9. I have heard so many good things about Queenie and The Flatshare, and they both sound like such great reads. Definitely need to pick them up. Great post!xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

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  10. I read the tattoist of Auschwitz on new years day and it was my first read of 2020. I raced through it and absolutely love loved loved it. Since then I've read lots of other holocaust fiction such as the Librarian of Auschwitz and I have cilkas journey and the bee keeper of Aleppo on my huge Tbr!!! I also am yet to read the flat share but I see lots of people reviewing it and I really want to read it as well as The Switch by the same author. The book community does not help me control my Tbr pile!!!��

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    1. I've heard lots about the Librarian of Auschwitz and I read Cilka's Journey a few weeks ago and it was so good! Thank you for commenting!

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  11. I loved The Flatshare too! I've heard so many good things about The Tattoist of Auschwitz and Queenie - I definitely have to read them asap!

    Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunigraduate.com

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  12. I loved the flatshare! I've heard nothing but good things about Queenie too!

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