7 Highly Rated Books Of 2020 To Add To Your Reading List
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“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet,” American author Jhumpa Lahiri once said. How true!
Reading a good book lets your mind wander and allows you to experience many things without having to leave home. That said – since we are still on lockdown -- there’s no better time than now to pick up a good book! Here are some of the most anticipated and highly rated books of 2020, if you’re searching for your next adventure.
1. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Fiction)
What if instead of death, and going to heaven or purgatory, you wake up in a library where each book represents the path you could have chosen in life? Nora Seed, the lead character who suffers from depression, finds herself faced with an opportunity to see possible outcomes of her decisions in life.
With almost 73,000 votes, The Midnight Library won as the best fictional book of 2020 on Goodreads.
The Midnight Library, Php 980. Preorder your copy here.
2. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (Fiction)
With just five votes less than The Midnight Library on Goodreads, Anxious People ranks second on the list of best fiction books for 2020.
When two bank robbers fail in their attempt to make some fast cash, they end up hiding in an apartment for sale that is open for viewing -- and the prospective buyers end up as hostages.
The mess and problems these people are facing slowly unravel. How do they deal with them and go on with their lives?
Anxious People, Php 768, at Fully Booked.
3. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Fiction)
Aside from getting into the New Yorker list of best books read in 2020, Mexican Gothic is certainly one of the most anticipated books of the year with over 87,000 ratings and almost 16,000 book reviews on Goodreads.
If you are looking for something mysterious with a touch of gothic and creepy, this should be first on your list. The story begins when Noemí receives a letter from her cousin who frantically begs her to save her from a so-called “High Place.” Some reviews say that while the first half of the book is a bit of a slow burn, you won’t be able to put it down the rest of the way.
Mexican Gothic, Php 960, at Fully Booked.
4. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Historical fiction)
Booktrib editors predicted that The Vanishing Half would stand out on the 12th Annual Goodreads Choice Award, and they were right! It actually ranked on top of the list for the historical fiction book category.
Many have been raving about this book due to its compelling plot: A pair of twins decides to run away from their hometown and start living their own, very different lives. How will these drastic choices affect not only their families but also future generations?
The Vanishing Half, Php 1,099 + shipping, at fruugo.ph.
5. You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters by Kate Murphy (Non-fiction)
With a 4.12 rating on Goodreads, You’re Not Listening is a book that must be read and heard by everyone.
While many have the capability to listen, no one is really doing so as they should. The book focuses on why you should really listen and why communicating effectively matters. According to reviews, Kate Murphy’s book made them re-think, regain, and improve their own art of listening.
You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters, Php 989, at Fully Booked.
6. Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by BJ Fogg, Ph.D. (Self-help)
Aside from being one of the Editors’ Picks on Amazon, Tiny Habits also garnered high ratings of 4.13 on Goodreads.
If you are looking for a book that will help you start this year on a positive note, here’s one on habit formation you will love. The book focuses on how small things can cause a big impact in your life, while also recognizing that change is not an easy process to many. It’s a thoughtful guide that will help you change your old habits and behavior to attain better results.
Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything, Php 1,344, at Fully Booked.
7. Home Body by Rupi Kaur (Poetry)
From her first poetry collection Milk and Honey up to now, Rupi Kaur has been gaining much support and positive reviews from readers. Her new book Home Body currently has a 4.9 rating on Amazon and 4.13 on Goodreads.
The book is divided into 4 sections: mind, heart, rest, and awake, and each section urges readers to look into their past, present and future selves.
Home Body, Php 816, at Fully Booked.