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    25 Books So Good You'll Probably Want To Stay In All Day Reading

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    1. Fleabag: The Scriptures by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

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    Is there a more iconic television show than Fleabag? The constant breaking of the fourth wall, the guinea pig-themed cafe, and, of course, Hot Priest. Fleabag: The Scriptures is a combination of new writing from Phoebe Waller-Bridge alongside her tragicomic filming scripts for the Fleabag series.

    Price: £15.13

    2. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams.

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    Despite her royal name, Queenie Jenkins is living a less-than-regal life. Her boss doesn't see her, her family doesn't listen to her, and Tom, her long term boyfriend, is taking a break from her. In Queenie, author Candice Carty-Williams expertly wields her dark sense of humour to explore themes of race, love, and family. Expect to be laughing one minute and weeping the next.

    Price: £8.57

    3. Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redness.

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    To say that Radioactive has redefined the biography would be an understatement. This graphic novel is a personal favourite of mine, and it's been my go-to book recommendation for 2020. Redness combines her prose with ethereal visuals to create a haunting portrait of the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. It's a genre-defying book that can only be described as an essential read.

    Price: £13.79

    4. Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram.

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    If they enjoyed Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe, they'll love this book. It follows Darius Keller, a boy who speaks more Klingon than Farsi, and his first trip to Iran. In the chaos of the culture clash, he meets his neighbour Sohrab. The two teens form an instant connection, and Darius, who has always felt torn between two cultures, finally starts to feel like he's found his home.

    Price: £7.37

    5. The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven.

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    Izzy O'Neil is not okay. After explicit photos involving her and a politician's son are published online, her life becomes a slut-shaming nightmare. Fed up with double standards, male entitlement, and society's deep hatred for teenage girls, Izzy decides to become the heroine of her own story.

    Price: £6.55

    6. City Of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert.

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    While Elizabeth Gilbert is most famous for her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, The City of Girls proves that she's just as formidable in fiction as she is in non-fiction. This colourful novel follows the wealthy and sheltered Vivian Morris as she finds herself working as a costume designer for her aunt's theatre in New York City. Packed with sharp humour and a surprising amount of heart, The City of Girls is one of those wonderful books that you just don't want to end.

    Price: £10.94

    7. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi.

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    Freshwater, Emezi's debut novel, is a fascinating and original exploration of gender dysphoria, mental health, and cultural identity. The story follows Ada, a child of a Nigerian father and a Tamil mother, and Asughara, a supernatural entity that inhabits Ada. With compelling characters and prose that crackles with urgency, Freshwater is bound to be one of the best books you read in 2020.

    Emezi also wrote the YA novel Pet.

    Price: £4.41

    8. My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaité.

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    Longlisted for the Booker Prize? Check. Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction? Check. Winner of the 2019 LA Times Award for Best Crime Thriller AND Capital Crime Debut Author of the Year? Check and check. This literary masterpiece has earned its decorations. Braithwaité weaves a funny and dark story about a woman constantly cleaning up after her sister's murders.

    Price: £5.26

    9. More Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher.

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    Following the success of Letters of Note, Shaun Usher returns with an even more fascinating compilation of brilliant letters. The collection includes Richard Burton's farewell note to his twice-wife Elizabeth Taylor, Helen Keller's letter to The New York Symphony Orchestra, and a young David Bowie's response to his first piece of American fan mail.

    Price: £14.39

    10. An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon.

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    In their debut novel, River Solomon continues Octavia Butler's legacy of black science fiction while also including queer and neuroatypical themes and plots with great success. An Unkindness of Ghosts was greeted by rave reviews from sci-fi and non-sci-fi fans alike, so don't be afraid to read outside your genre!

    Price: £9.72

    11. Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow.

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    Catch and Kill is a feat of investigative journalism. Ronan Farrow, who won a Pulitzer for his 2017 article that helped spark the #MeToo movement, delves into the rampant abuses of power that silence survivors of abuse through tactics of intimidation and espionage. It's a book that will forever change the way you look at the world.

    Price: £14.99

    12. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han.

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    To All The Boys I've Loved Before is perhaps the best romantic comedy of the 2010s. Nay, the best romantic comedy of the 21st century. A YA story that's enjoyable at any age, Jenny Han's novel is a heartwarming masterpiece that everyone should read.

    Price: £6.39

    13. Dreadnought by April Daniels.

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    Dreadnought, the most powerful superhero on Earth, has just passed all of his abilities onto the young Danny Tozer. These inherited superpowers transform Danny's body into what she always knew it should be. But while Danny's body finally feels right, it's making her friends and family act weird. Her father is fixated on "curing" her girlhood, the other superheroes aren't sure where Danny fits in, and Dreadnought's murderer is still out there. It's one girl against the world in the thrilling first instalment of Daniels' Nemesis series.

    Price: £12.21

    14. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

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    One of the most successful books written during NaNoWriMo, The Night Circus features beautiful writing, complex world-building, and a slow-burn romance sure to warm the heart of any reader. Two strangers are unknowingly locked in a deadly competition at the heart of the Circus of Dreams, an impossible and enchanting spectacle that appears without notice.

    Price: £7.37

    15. Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope.

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    Over the course of ten years, Jho Low swindled $5 billion right under the noses of global financial industry watchdogs. He used this money to fund elections, throw massive, Gatsby-esque parties, and finance the The Wolf of Wall Street film – all with the help of Goldman Sachs. Billion Dollar Whale breaks down the white-collar crime of the century in a compelling book that proves the truth is stranger than fiction.

    Price: £8.19

    16. Sorted by Jackson Bird.

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    Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place is a touching memoir about Jackson Bird's journey into happiness. From his childhood in conservative '90s Texas to his current life as a happy, out trans man, Bird chronicles his transgender odyssey with wit and warmth.

    Price: £11.99

    17. Young & Damned & Fair by Gareth Russell.

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    Catherine Howard was done dirty by her husband AND by centuries of historians. After her beheading at the age of 18 (again, she was 18 YEARS OLD), Catherine was painted as a politically irrelevant, dimwitted flirt. Russell reexamines the most dismissed wife of Henry VIII, and the result is equally refreshing and tragic. Young & Fair & Damned is a historical account of a young woman struggling to navigate a nightmarish court.

    Price: £9.99

    18. The Magicians by Lev Grossman.

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    The Magicians, fondly dubbed by fans as 'Harry Potter but college' begins with a mystery. Quentin Coldwater shows up for an entrance interview at Princeton. Unfortunately, he finds his interviewer to be very much dead. Suddenly, Quentin is at the heart of a mysterious magical community where all is not as it seems.

    Price: £7.37

    19. Love From A To Z by S.K. Ali.

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    After being suspended for standing up to her Islamophobic teacher, Zayneb is heading over to Qatar to spend some time with her aunt. She crosses paths with Adam, a student who stopped attending classes after being diagnosed with MS and is exhausted from constantly hiding his medical condition from his grieving father. Together, Adam and Zayneb feel like themselves for the first time in ages.

    Price: £10.65

    20. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale.

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    Inspector Jonathan Whicher is the most famous detective you've never heard of. He's the inspiration behind some of the most iconic fictional detectives, from Sgt. Cuff to Sam Spade. In the summer of 1860, Whicher investigated the shocking murder of a child and quickly suspected that the perpetrator was a relative of the victim. His suspicions were widely rejected by Victorian society. Whicher's reputation crumbled, but his determination never wavered.

    Price: £0.44

    21. If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann.

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    A fun and heartwarming coming of age novel, If It Makes You Happy begins with Winnie living her "best fat girl life" the summer before she starts university. She's making loads of tips working at her grandmother's diner, and she can see her "ungirlfriend" whenever she wants. However, when Minnie's small town crowns her Summer Queen, she's forced into the small-town spotlight. Her perfect summer becomes endangered by constant photoshoots, community engagements, and mandatory hang-outs with the exhaustingly earnest Summer King.

    Price: £9.79

    22. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney.

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    It was Sally Rooney's other book, Normal People, that really took off last year. But her lesser-known debut novel, Conversations With Friends, holds its own. It's a well-written commentary about love, sex, and friendship in the 21st-century, brimming with frustrating yet compelling characters.

    Price: £5.27

    23. A Poem For Every Night Of The Year edited by Allie Esiri.

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    This book is simply a brilliant collection of 366 hilarious, heartbreaking, and beautiful poems. You can read a poem a night, or you can read them all at once – either way, you're in for a treat.

    Price: £10.83

    24. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir.

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    If George RR Martin and Agatha Christie ever co-wrote a book together, Gideon The Ninth would be that book. Part epic fantasy, part murder mystery, this saga is bound to be your next obsession. Plus, it has lesbian necromancers. What more could you possibly want?

    Price: £11.61

    25. Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid.

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    When Emira is accused of kidnapping a white child whom she's simply babysitting, her world changes forever. This page-turner delves into the nuances of intersectional feminism, the complicated layers of privilege, and performative wokeness with biting humour.

    Price: £8.72