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    13 Books You Need To Start Reading In 2020

    "His Dark Materials is my favourite trilogy ever, and I would highly recommend it!"

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    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to give us their book recommendations for 2020. Here's what they recommended:

    1. My Lovely Wife – A seemingly ordinary married couple lives in the suburbs with their children. Their only problem was boredom, that is, until they decide to commit murder...


    "My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. I couldn’t focus on anything after reading it last year. An amazing thriller"


    2. The Hunting Party – A group of old school friends are celebrating the New Year in a hunting lodge. They arrive on December 30th, but by New Years Day one of them is dead.

    HarperCollins UK

    "The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. It’s a great murder mystery and that will have you guessing who done it right till the very end! Loved it!"


    3. A Little Life – Four friends who met at university move to New York and navigate their way through life, each with their own hardships and ambitions.


    "A Little Life by Hanya Yannigahara. Best book I have ever read before. It is lengthy but I couldn’t put it down. It has everything from love to heartbreak and is full of unexpected twists and turns! I recommend to everyone I meet."


    4. Letter To My Younger Self – A collection of letters from high-profile celebrities in all different professions, on what they would say to their younger selves.

    The Big Issue

    "On my birthday, I received Letter To My Younger Self from my mum. I finished the book in two nights, and cried more than once. It showed me that even our heroes go through struggles and still come out on top, and sometimes we just have to be strong! One of the best presents I have ever received."


    5. His Dark Materials Trilogy – A fantasy series that follows two children as they wander through alternate universes meeting all sorts of creatures including witches and armoured bears.

    Alfred A. Knopf Books

    "The His Dark Materials trilogy! Especially with the arrival of the TV show. 2020 is the prime time to read these books! HDM is my favourite trilogy ever, and I would highly recommend it!"


    6. They Both Die At The End – Two total strangers upon finding out they only have 24 hours left to live, decide to go on one last great adventure together.


    "They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera. This coming of age story has a great mix of romance and adventure, with LGBTQ+ themes running throughout the book. It has made me and everyone I know cry, so prepare for tears."


    7. The Goldfinch – A teenage boy survives a terrorist attack at an art museum where his mother sadly dies. As he struggles to escape the broken building he takes a small painting titled The Goldfinch, which becomes a source of hope for him as he descends into the criminal underworld.

    Little, Brown

    "The Goldfinch! One of my favourite books I read last year."


    8. Final Girls – A thriller following three survivors of separate mass murders, known by the media as 'Final Girls'. They try to move on with their lives but the nightmares come flooding back when one of the survivors is found dead.


    "It’s about a woman who survived a vicious mass murder as a teenager, and a fellow survivor of a similar mass murder who on the surface seem to have no connection...or so they thought."


    9. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – A murder mystery in which Evelyn Hardcastle dies at a party held at her parents' house. The day is relived over and over again until the mystery can be solved.

    Sourcebooks Landmark

    "The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I read it last year and it's honestly one of my favourite books of all time. It's about someone who needs to solve a murder, and he keeps reliving the day but in someone else's body."


    10. When Time Stopped – A moving memoir about the author's father during his time in war-torn Berlin.


    "When Time Stopped by Arianna Neumann. I'm a bookseller and was able to read an advance copy from the publisher back in September and I can't stop thinking about it. It's an amazing Holocaust memoir out in February about retracing her father's story after his death. She had no knowledge of her family's ties to the war growing up and yet was able to piece together such a complete picture of what happened. It reads like a thriller and it is so, so timely. The work and emotion put into that book is unbelievable."


    11. Little Bee – A recent widow from suburban London and a Nigerian refugee form a friendship as they offer their different perspectives on the world.

    Simon & Schuster

    "Definitely Little Bee by Chris Cleave! It is such an amazing book centring around two main characters with two very different perspectives on the world. The book had me on the edge kept me guessing right to the last page."


    12. Gerald's Game – A woman's husband dies of a heart attack while she is handcuffed to the bed. She soon realises there is no way of her escaping and she is left alone with only her dead husband...and her thoughts.

    Smithmark Publishers

    "It's so addictive to read with plenty of twists and gruesome details! Also credit to King for writing a novel that has the most real and accurate description of being a woman and sex as a woman I have ever read."


    13. The Reluctant Fundamentalist – A Pakistani man sits in a cafe in Lahore recounting his love affair with an American woman to an American stranger.

    Mariner Books

    "The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. In a cafe in the city of Lahore, a young Pakistani man relates his story of how his once optimistic view of America darkened in the aftermath of 9/11 to an unidentified American man. It's an eerie, quietly powerful novel. Highly recommend."


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