We see an ocean of books being released every year, but very few of them catch the attention of avid readers. Some jaw-droppingly good and captivating books were released this year, even though the year was marked with tragedies and uncertainties. I have gathered this list of some of the best books of the year that will definitely add value to your life in one way or the other. Happy Reading.
Top Books of the Year
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is a non-fictional work by The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of “The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson and published by Random House. The book is based upon reevaluating the American racial divisions. It was made to the bestseller lists and praised by Oprah, who called it her most important book club pick ever.
The Cold Millions
The Cold Millions is a fictional novel written by Jess Walter and published by Harper. The book is structured upon two lovable, broke brothers trying to make ends meet in Spokane, Wash, during the violent repression of laborers at the beginning of the 20th century. Walter not just created an amazing work of harrowing adventures but also impeccable characters, including Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.
Hamnet is an utterly drawn and intimate portrait of the 16th century written by Maggie O’Farrell and published by Knopf. This fictional work plots the devastating event in the life of William Shakespeare, and that was the death of his only son. The writer created a playfully enriched book with suspense and grief.
A Good Neighborhood
A Good Neighborhood is a compelling tale of different cultures, people, races, and classes mingling together, written by Therese Anne Fowler. The plot revolves around a story of an affluent family settling in a new neighborhood and demolishing the old building to build a Mansion, making everyone else suspicious. It also has a bit of romance between Valerie’s son and the new neighbor’s daughter.
Hidden Valley Road
Another non-fictional piece of work on our list is Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family. The book is written by the author of “Lost Girls,” Robert Kolker, and published by Doubleday. The story revolves around a family in which six out of 12 siblings were diagnosed with schizophrenia. The scribbled tale describes the constant suffering, unutterable violence, and fragments of the crashed American Dream during the ‘60s and ‘70s.
The Opposite of Fate
The Opposite of Fate is written by Alison McGhee. The book revolves around Mallie Williams, who wakes up from a coma after 18 months only to learn shocking and astonishing things, including that nothing is the same, neither her family nor the world. It is a lyrical and quiet tale of family and some unbearable chances of life. The characters are also simply nice. It is one of the best books you can read in 2020, and will be delighted to have it on your bookshelves.
A Children’s Bible
A Children’s Bible is the work of Lydia Millet. The story revolves around a group of families on vacation together sharing a lakeside summer home. The book has an element of classics and a warming tale for an unseen future. The character Evie narrates all the struggles of teen groups in the midst of the apocalypse. A Children’s Bible is one of the amazing books of 2020 and a must-read for you to devour this winter.
Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar
Homeland Elegies is a book that mingles the elements of deep intelligence and the state of the world in perfect prose. The book is a Pulitzer Prize winner and written by Ayad Akhtar. The writer meticulously writes the tale of an American Pakistani family facing the turmoil of life after the 9/11 attacks. This book depicts one truth, and that was; the American Dream was never so easy.
If you’re looking for a Young Adult read on the list, we bring this for you. The Truants is written by Kate Weinberg and is an amazing YA read. The writer makes some parallels and references to Agatha Christie’s work, making it a perfect read for Agatha’s fans. The story revolves around Jess, who is being taught by only one professor, Lorna Clay, and as the charming teacher teaches, the new student is just in her thrall. This YA brings all the university elements in one reading.
A Burning is the debut novel of Megha Majumdar. The story revolves around a poor Muslim woman of Kolkata, Jivan, who comments on Facebook after witnessing a brutal terrorist attack criticizing the government’s response to the attack. Only did she think before commenting, things would have been different for her as she was accused of aiding the terrorists and taken into custody. The tale moves between three voices, and the writer amazingly reveals the mingling of their fears and ambitions, of race and class, of corruption and crime.
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