Four books worth reading from 2020
The world has changed a lot in the past decade, not least in the world of book publishing. While of course the traditional method of having a physical book published and printed still happens, online releases are more popular than ever, particularly with bookshops closed over the past months. With self-publishing becoming more accessible for anyone, new authors can now also offer their works to a much wider audience, and readers can access a range of independently produced literature remotely. Many readers have also shifted to ordering and often reading their books online (this of course comes with security risks, particularly when purchasing directly from authors, so it’s important for readers to protect themselves; many will benefit from using a VPN for browser protection – learn more here).
Despite the crazy year 2020 was, many great releases reached the bookshelves this year, both online and off, and many by first-time authors. It’s safe to say that the past twelve months or so yielded a lot of lovely books, and readers from all over the world enjoyed them.
Here is a look at some must-read books that were published in 2020.
Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey
The murder of her mother when she was 19 has been a driving force behind Natasha Trethewey’s poetry since the start of her career. Now, the Pulitzer Prizewinner and previous poet laureate of the United States offers a poignant memoir. The brilliant novel is based on her hazy memories and the court documents surrounding the murder; it starts immediately following the murder and flows through the years before and after that fated day. It’s clear evidence of the reasons Tretheway is recognised as a distinguished writer.
The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward
Every family has its secrets and problems – some more than others. The Jetsetters takes a closer look inside the laughably dysfunctional Perkins family as they embark on a week-long European cruise. All Charlotte wants is to have her family together (her husband has passed and her adult children have all drifted). This genuine novel explores the perspectives of Charlotte and each of her three children as they struggle to communicate and bond on their voyage. Readers are sure to enjoy the unique story and characters Ward has created.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
My Dark Vanessa dives into the sudden and disturbing realisation of wrong assumptions and the resultant changes in perspective. The book’s protagonist, Vanessa, is forced to confront her past when her previous English teacher is accused of sexual abuse. The sinister dynamics of their supposedly consensual relationship 17 years earlier are exposed, and Vanessa must come to grips with her perception of reality. Russell masterfully interlaces these unsettling events to create a gripping novel.
It Is Wood, It Is Stone by Gabriella Burnham
In her first novel, Gabriella Burnham brings readers into the life of Linda, a woman in a struggling marriage who relocates to Brazil. During her year in Brazil, her life intersects with two women who ultimately redefine her. In It Is Wood, It Is Stone, Burnham explores the deep relationships between the women as the story delves into Linda’s journey towards self-awareness through unpredictable events.
Whether memoir, non-fiction, or fiction, there have been hundreds of books released in 2020. Book lovers the world over are enjoying new releases while staying at home and social distancing, and many have used the extra time they have to explore new genres and authors. With the events of the year and the pandemic ongoing, most are spending more time at home and making the majority of their purchases online.
Stay safe and enjoy these amazing books. Happy reading!
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