One of the best things you can do with your time is to fill it with books.
Maybe you’ve been rereading favourites, peeling open the pages of brand new books you’ve been wanting to get lost in, or looking for recommendations online. And if you need a few more, Goodreads has done the work for you with a list of the most popular books published in 2020 that people have added onto the social sharing site for literature.
1. American Dirt
Author: Jeanine Cummins
Living in the Mexican city of Acapulco, Lydia Quixano Pérez is blissfully married with a kid while running a bookstore. She meets an unassuming customer who turns out to be the ring reader of the newest drug cartel in their city. After her husband, a journalist, publishes an expose on the ring leader, their family is forced to flee to the United States where their lives are transformed from comfortable middle-class to the reality of being migrants.
2. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0)
Author: Suzanne Collins
18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing himself as a mentor for the 10th annual Hunger Games. In a quest to bring honour back to his family name, Snow is humiliated when he is given the task of mentoring a tribute from the lower cast District 12. The odds are not ever in his favour, but Snow is emphatic and determined.
3. House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Bryce Quinlan plays hard and works hard — a life that worked wonderfully until her best friends were murdered by a demon. Even though the accused is behind bars, heinous crimes continue and Quinlan sets out on her own investigation for justice. She’s joined by a is a notorious Fallen angel named Hunt Athalar who brings with him brutal skills and incredible strength.
4. Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Step into the glory era of Edwardian London. The Shadowhunter world had enjoyed years of peace, in a time and place where James and Lucie Herondale grew up with tales of good defeating evil. Things change quickly when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London, forcing the Shadowhunters into a wild adventure ahead.
5. In Five Years
Author: Rebecca Serle
Dannie Cohan’s life is following her five-year plan perfectly: she has just nailed an important job interview, and gotten engaged. But the next morning, Cohan wakes up to a completely different life with another man, and learns that the world has just taken her five years into the future. She wakes again this time back in the present, continuing on with her seemingly perfect life until she one day meets the man from her strange experience.
6. Dear Edward
Author: Ann Napolitano
Tragedy strikes when a plane journeying from Newark to Los Angeles crashes. The lone survivor is 12-year-old Edward Adler, who grabs the attention of the nation but struggles to cope in a life without his family. In this coming-of-age story, Adler sets out to answer profound questions about his purpose and what it truly means to be alive.
Author: Glennon Doyle
What would it look like to stop trying to meet the expectations of society, and start trusting the voice within? Activist, speaker, and author of the bestseller Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior writes about her big wake-up call in the memoir, a great read for anyone who has ever wondered ‘Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this?’.
8. My Dark Vanessa
Author: Kate Elizabeth Russell
When Vanessa Wye was just fifteen, she found herself in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and manipulative forty-two-year-old English teacher. Now it’s 2017, and a former student is accusing Strange of sexual assault. She reaches out to Wye who then finds herself in a dilemma: remain silent in a belief that she willingly entered the relationship with a man she thinks of as her first love, or be forced to reevaluate the events of the past?
9. Long Bright River
Author: Liz Moore
Two sisters find themselves living two very different lives in Philadelphia. Kacey lives on the streets while facing addiction, and Mickey is a police officer. The sisters are no longer on speaking terms, but Mickey is never not worried about her sister. When Kacey disappears amid a string of murders in town, Mickey becomes dangerously obsessed with finding her sister, and the murderer.
10. The Sun Down Motel
Author: Simone St. James
From the bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls comes a new suspense novel. The Sun Down Motel sees it all in all in New York, 1982. Viv Delaney works as the hotel’s night clerk, but soon discovers that something just isn’t right at the Sun Down. Delaney is determined to find out what and why that is.