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Here are 12 books to add to your 2020 reading list. Whether you love a good crime and mystery novel or you’re a sucker for a sappy love story, there’s something for everyone on this list. It also serves as the perfect inspiration for books to read while laying on the beach for Spring Break (preferably Miami Beach). These are definitely books to read in 2020, so add some of these to your reading list. We can also have our own little book club (yay lol). 

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The Best Books to add to your 2020 reading list.

Here you’ll find a little summary plus a little snippet of my thoughts about each book. I’m making it my goal to read a new book each month so here’s some inspiration for both of us! Also for your convenience, click on any of the book titles and you can purchase your book straight from Amazon!

The Silent Patient

by Alex Michaelides

Alicia Berenson shot her husband 5 times in the face. But why? after all, she had the life that many could only dream of. A handsome husband who just so happens to also be a fashion photographer. She lives in a beautiful neighborhood in London and to top it off she’s a famous painter. A match made in heaven, those two were and they lived the perfect life (or so it seemed). Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist, he’s intrigued and makes it his mission to find out why Alicia killed her husband. The only thing is Alicia Berenson hasn’t spoken a single word since the day of her husband’s murder.

This book takes you down a loophole of twist and turns and honestly makes you question your own sanity (in the best way possible). Such a GREAT read.  So, so so good. If you can’t tell I’ve already read this book and it was amazing. 

House of Earth and Blood 

By Sarah J. Maas

Bryce Quinlan lives a seemingly normal life, that is until a demon murders her friends. The killer is supposedly behind bars until the murders start happening again. Bryce makes it her mission to seek revenge. Hunt Athalar, a Fallen angel, is a slave to Archangels who he once tried to overthrow. His sole mission is to kill his boss’s enemies. However, when he is dealt a deal to help Bryce Quinian and be freed, their paths collide in the best way.

I’m a sucker for a good supernatural, fantasy type book so it’s no surprise that I want to get my hands on this one. 

The Grace Year

By Kim Liggett

Tierney James is on the edge of womanhood, her Grace Year is coming up. The year that all sixteen year old girls go out into the world and use their sensuality as a way to lure men. But Tiernay James doesn’t want any part in this misogynist tradition, she wants out. 

Such a powerful message seems to be lying within the pages of this book. Very interested to see what happens when one young girl makes her mission to stand up against a male dominated society.

Final Girls

by Riley Sager

United by tragedy, these women are the survivors of similarly heinous crimes. They survived while the others did not, society calls them the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam who survived her deadly shift at the Nightlight Inn and, Quincy went on a vacation with friends and was the only one to return. 10 Years later, Quincy Carpenter has finally moved on. That is until final girl Lisa is found dead in her bathtub. Fellow final girl Sam seeks Quincy out and unfolds the truth behind Lisa’s death and Quincy’s forgotten nightmare. 

I’m currently reading this book and WOW, it is amazing. So many plot twists already and I just can’t stop reading. I’m also loving how the story bounces between the time of the murder and the present time.

Throne of Glass

By Sarah J. Maas

Eighteen year old, Celanena Sardothien is an assassin for the Kingdom of Adarlan. After serving as a slave for four years, she’s offered her freedom if she agrees to serve as the King’s champion. Celanena must compete against other fearless and strong warriors in a serious of competitions. Things are going well until her competitors start dying leading to conspiracy between the kingdom and herself.

Such a cool plot for a book, also really interested in seeing a female assassin.

Chain Of Gold

After fleeing to London when her father is accused of a horrible crime, Shadowhunter, Cordelia Carstairs and her brother are introduced to a world of luxury. Seemingly living the perfect life while also running away from her duties as a future bride. Cordelia’s new life is once again torn apart when daywalking demons attack London. Now trapped in a quarantined city, Cordelia must make the decision of a lifetime when she is met with the dark truth about her legacy. 

I LOVE the The Mortal Instruments Chronicles by Cassandra Clare so knowing that she has a new collection out makes me soo happy. I’m excited to dive back into the world of demons, vampires and most importantly shawdowhunters. If you’re also fan of supernatural reads definitely check out her books!


By Megan Angelo

Endorsed by the followers they have online, Orla, Floss, and Marlow will do everything to show their seemingly picturesque life. Every moment of their life is online and monitored by the government, but what happens when the lies are unveiled?

I’m so intrigued to read this book, the thought that social influencers are managed the government is so crazy to think about! Imagine if this was our reality, really makes you wonder if this is where our society is headed.

LoveBoat, Taipei 

By Abigail Hing Wen

Ever Wong is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she gets the an educational opportunity to spend a summer in Taiwan. A summer unsupervised means anything goes and unfortunately that may mean a lot of missed class time.

This isn’t something I’d typically gravitate towards but something about the storyline really draws me in.

Before We Were Yours

“Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong”.

I’m typically not one to drift towards historical books. But something about this book just really drives me towards it. Based on the description, I think I would actually enjoy it, Plus it has great reviews.

The Defining Decade 

by Meg Jay, PhD

“Drawing from a decade of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, THE DEFINING DECADE weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves.  The result is a provocative read that provides the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood use the time wisely”.

Well, I’ll be 20 years old Wednesday and I’ll be able to officially say that I’ m two decades old lol. This is obviously still young but when everyone is telling you to have everything figured out, it can be a bit overwhelming. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, goes through the struggles that almost all young adults face. She provides some advice and stories that anyone in their twenties can easily relate to.

To Hell With The Hustle 

By Jefferson Bethke

In a society where the “hustle” is praised and relaxation is looked down upon. Jefferson Bethke revisits what it really means to be human. That means appreciating the unknowns of life, being vulnerable and truly absorbing all life has to offer.

We could all use a little breather sometimes and that means realizing that life isn’t all about money or fame. Hopefully this book will give some much needed insight on how to slow down and just be a good human.

The Authenticity Project

By Clare Pooley

A little green book that holds the secrets of six strangers. Each person has a story to tell but what they show to the outside world is very different than their actual reality.

Such an interesting narrative that has the power to relate to all individuals in some way. Sometimes what you see is not the whole picture. There is always more to uncover.

So that wraps up the Best Books to Read in 2020. I’m sure you won’t be able to put down any of these books. Hopefully, you’ve found a book that caught your eye. Also, let me know what books you’re currently reading or just some other great books to read!

Until next time…

xo, Katie

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