Favourite Reads of 2020

MY TOP 3 BOOKS OF THE YEAR

SALTWATER – JESSICA ANDREWS (Sceptre, 2019)

THE DISCOMFORT OF EVENING – MARIEKE LUCAS RIJNEVELD (Faber & Faber, 2020)

BOY PARTS – ELIZA CLARK (Influx Press, 2020)

THE BEST OF THE REST

THE FALCONER – DANA CZAPNIK (Faber & Faber, 2019)

DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD – OLGA TOKARCZUK, trans. ANTONIA LLOYD-JONES (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2019)

THE COPENHAGEN TRILOGY [CHILDHOOD / YOUTH / DEPENDENCY] – TOVE DITLEVSEN (Penguin Classics, 2019)

SUPPER CLUB – LARA WILLIAMS (Hamish Hamilton, 2019)

A GIRL’S STORY – ANNIE ERNAUX, trans. ALISON L. STRAYER (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2020)

WEATHER – JENNY OFFILL (Granta, 2020)

LANNY – MAX PORTER (Faber & Faber, 2020)

HURRICANE SEASON – FERNANDA MELCHOR, trans. SOPHIE HUGHES (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2020)

MY PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR 2020

FITZCARRALDO EDITIONS

Other books I really loved this year:

Poemland – Chelsey Minis (Wave Books, 2009)
The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer (The Borough Press, 2014)
Black Cloud – Juliet Escoria (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2014)
Sweet Days of Discipline – Fleur Jaeggy (And Other Stories, 2018)
Green Girl – Kate Zambreno (Harper Perennial, 2014)
Bluets – Maggie Nelson (Jonathan Cape, 2017)

See the full list of every book I read in 2020 here

What was your favourite book this year? Tell me in the comments :) xx

3 Comments

  1. Okay these are a few books I enjoyed reading last year. They weren’t necessarily published in 2020 but I read them over the course of the last twelve punishing months.

    Jeet Thayil – Low
    Philip Roth – The Breast
    Philip Roth – The Prague Orgy
    Brandon Sanderson – Rhythm of War
    Guy Gavriel Kay – A song for Arbonne
    Jericho Brown – The Tradition
    Deborah Landau – Soft Targets
    Michel Houellebecq – H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life
    Perumal Murugan – Songs of a Coward
    Tana French – Into the Woods
    Tana French – The Likeness

    And many more whose names I can’t remember. Thanks for the list! It reminds me that I must read more great woman authors.

  2. I also really loved The Shock of the Fall. Girl, Woman, Other was wonderful. Also, The Forest of Wool and Steel was quite lovely. Loved Roger Robinson’s poetry collection A Portable Paradise… Also currently enjoying Jenny Offil’s Weather, and about to start The Discomfort of Evening now. :-) Read so much less in lockdown than I thought I would… I’ll read some of your recommendations this year!

  3. Enjoyed so many books this year, but A man called I’ve, Circe were possibly most enjoyable. Half way through The Night Circus which has been wildly imaginative so far.

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