Top Ten Books to Read in 2020

It’s the future now, no question. 2020! Well, whatever else happens this year, at least we can count on books. Here are some titles slated to be published in 2020 that I’m looking forward to:

  1. The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel: Finally, the third book in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy.
  2. The Thief Knot by Kate Milford: Another Greenglass House book. Rejoice!
  3. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven
  4. Go to Sleep (I Miss You) by Lucy Knisley
  5. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
  6. Chirp by Kate Messner, author of Breakout
  7. The Night Country by Melissa Albert, author of The Hazel Wood
  8. Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir by Rebecca Solnit

There are also a couple from last year’s list: The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater and Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. (After reading reviews and talking with several people who had read it, I elected to skip The Dreamers.) And a couple that have been lingering on my “currently reading” shelf: the short story collection Ghostly, edited by Audrey Niffenegger, and Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil, both of which I started and then set aside intending to go back to.

There were (more than) a few published in 2019 or earlier that are still on my to-read list, a few of which my book club is considering:

  1. Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys (YA, historical fiction)
  2. Forward Me Back to You by Mitali Perkins (YA contemporary)
  3. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (adult fiction)
  4. The Line Becomes A River by Francisco Cantu (adult fiction)
  5. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (adult fiction, Booker Prize)
  6. The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri (memoir)
  7. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (fantasy/horror)
  8. Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby (YA, historical/ghost)
  9. Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire (adult fantasy)
  10. Falter by Bill McKibben (adult nonfiction), climate)

And if we’re really, really lucky, Philip Pullman will publish the final Book of Dust, and Audrey Niffenegger will publish Alba, Continued (or whatever it’s going to be called), and David Mitchell will publish…anything at all. Fingers and toes crossed.

Obviously this is more than ten. But who’s counting?


3 thoughts on “Top Ten Books to Read in 2020

  1. I am also looking forward to the new Emily St. John Mandel, though I’m trying not to get my hopes up too much about it. And I’m also interested in Rebecca Solnit. Also, I actually really liked The Dreamers, though I know it got pretty mixed reviews.

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