In 2019 I really got back into reading after a year or two hiatus, and I want to keep up that momentum in 2020. So today I’m going to share with you 10 books on my TBR (To Be Read) list so you can see what I want to read in 2020!
Educated by Tara Westwood
So I was watching Hannah Witton’s favourite books of 2019 video and just from the description she gave in the video I know I want this on my list. So I will be purchasing this at some point in 2020 and get it read.
Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.
Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent.
Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it.
Seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
So this was another book in Hannah Witton’s video which I knew I needed to read, it is a fiction book which sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to buy it and check it out.
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugois a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means–and what it costs–to face the truth.
The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall-Smith
This is a book my mum has had on her bookshelf for YEARS, I mean so long ago that my parents were still together and it was on one of the big shelves in our spare room. I love the blurb of it and also the concept and this year I’m going to read it finally. I want to use it as one of the book club reads because I want to really enjoy and review it!
Precious Ramotswe has only just set up shop as Botswana’s No.1 (and only) lady detective when she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. However, the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witch doctors.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
I have heard amazing things about this book and the film so I really wanted to read the book and check out the hype. I found this one on BorrowBox which is a audio and e book app and I think this is going to be one I listen to at the gym or when I’m out and about. I’m very excited to read it as I have no idea what it’s about and that excites me!
From the author of Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband s Secret comes a novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
A murder… A tragic accident… Or just parents behaving badly? What s indisputable is that someone is dead.
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mum Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.
Rife Twenty One Stories From Britain’s Youth edited by Nikesh Shukla and Sammy Jones
Okay so I bought this in 2019 and I’ve read bits of it but this year I want to read it all. Cover to cover! I love the idea of this book and have loved what I read but I sometimes need to be in a certain mood to read non fiction like it so I haven’t picked it up as much. I’m so happy I’ve supported the book but I really want to appreciate it properly in 2020.
Young people in this country are facing a chasm of doubt and instability. Mental health problems are widespread, university fees are rising, job opportunities are drying up, and the prospect of ever owning a home is increasingly out of reach. But this generation is noticeably absent from the opinion columns, comment pieces and news reports of the mainstream media.
From the creative minds behind Rife magazine comes this anthology of twenty passionate voices, all under the age of twenty-four, writing across a spectrum of topics that matter to them. It holds a mirror up to the experience of young people in the UK today, with essays on money, mental health, sex, gender, inequality, education, crime and the future.
Bracing, honest and set against what can often seem an apocalyptic backdrop, these stories are nevertheless full of ideas and solidarity to draw on through these uncertain times.
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
I bought this book for 50p off a train station charity shelf and I am really excited to read it. I’ve heard amazing things and I want to read more books of films everyone loves, because I don’t want to miss out on it but I’d rather read the book than watch the film.
High fashion, low cunning and the boss from hell
When Andrea first sets foot in the plush Manhattan offices of Runway she knows nothing. She’s never heard of the world’s most fashionable magazine, or its feared and fawned-over editor, Miranda Priestly her new boss.
A year later, she knows altogether too much:
That it’s a sacking offence to wear anything lower than a three-inch heel to work.
That you can charge cars, manicures, anything at all to the Runway account, but you must never, ever, leave your desk, or let Miranda’s coffee get cold.
And that at 3 a.m. on a Sunday, when your boyfriend’s dumping you because you’re always at work, if Miranda phones, you jump.
But this is Andrea s big break it’s going to be worth it in the end.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Another book I’ve had on my shelf forever and not actually read, so this year I’m gonna do it. I’ve heard such good things about it and the film, and I want in on the hype. It’s just one that’s really calling my name!
One boy, one boat, one tiger . . .
After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.
The Girl Before by JP Delaney
When moving back home I found this in my room and it’s a thriller type book which I haven’t read yet and want to find out what happens. Even the blurb has a air of mystery that I want to find out the answer to. So this is going right on my list!
Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there – and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before.
As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma’s past and Jane’s present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.
To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
This is a book which my dad bought me years ago and I have never got round to reading, and then recently I found it and knew in my heart of hearts I want to read it. My Dad had such a love for lighthouses and I keep finding signs of lighthouses recently so I want to read this and feel closer to my amazing Dad.
The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their children and assorted guests are on holiday on the Isle of Skye. From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse, Woolf constructs a remarkable, moving examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life and the conflict between men and women.
As time winds its way through their lives, the Ramsays face, alone and simultaneously, the greatest of human challenges and its greatest triumph—the human capacity for change.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Before Christmas, Jack and I went to a second hand book shop and I treated myself to a few new books, I have already read one and this was the second one I bought. I have heard amazing things about this book and just want to read and enjoy it. It is a fiction book which sounds right up my street so it shouldn’t be too much of a struggle to read it.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.
Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .
the only way to survive is to open your heart.
They are just a selection of the books I want to read in 2020 and hopefully this post will keep me accountable this year and I can give these books the love they deserve! What books do you want to read this year?
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