It’s nearly over! With only a few days left until the New Year, I thought I’d share my favourite books that I read in 2020. One of the only positives of being stuck inside for months was all the extra reading time I had this year!
The Watchmaker of Filligree Street and The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley
Clockwork octopus? Victorian setting? Psychic abilities? These books have it all!
Two of my favourite reads from this year. Natasha Pulley has quickly become one of my favourite authors. I can’t wait to read her next book, The Kingdoms, in 2021.
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
I’m trying to read at least one Dickens’ novel a year, in the hopes that one day I will have read them all! Bleak House was on one of my uni courses and I was determined to get through all 1000 pages of legal shenanigans, family issues and murder mysteries.
Flake by Matthew Dooley
During the first lockdown back in March/April, an ice-cream van regularly drove past my house, playing – as ice-cream vans tend to do – an irritatingly catchy tune to lure in sugar-craving children. This lasted for weeks and now I think I’ll always associate ice-cream vans with the pandemic.
So anyways, at the same time I was also browsing online for new books and Flake popped up in my recommended list. A pastel-hued graphic novel about feuding ice-cream sellers in a shit seaside town just felt appropriate for the situation.
Sheets by Brenna Thummler
Another graphic novel, this one follows a young girl called Marjory Glatt who’s family laundromat is being haunted by Wendell, the small and adorable ghost child. This one was honestly just super cute and wholesome.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Reading about a fictional pandemic-apocalypse during an actual pandemic: pandemi-ception.
Station Eleven was published back in 2015, but it feels even more relevant in 2020. The story follows different characters both pre- and post-apocalypse, with a particular focus on a group of Shakespeare performers called the Travelling Symphony.
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
If you haven’t heard of Girl, Woman, Other yet, I’ll assume you’ve been living under a rock somewhere.
Winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2019 (alongside Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments), this book is an interconnected series of vignettes that follow different characters and spans across various families, locations and generations. It’s amazing.
The Poppy War Trilogy by R. F. Kuang
This trilogy is phenomenal. And it made me cry. More than once. If you only like happy endings, this might not be the series for you. Kuang does not fuck around.
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Clarke’s first book, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, is one of my favourite books. So I was really excited for this book when it came out in Autumn.
Piranesi is a strange story and it’s impossible to describe too much of it without ruining the whole thing. All I’ll say is that it’s very different from Strange and Norrell, but just as brilliant!