My favourite fiction books of 2020

In a year with lots of spare time for reading, several fiction books have stood out as prime examples of escapism at its best.

With all the stress and upheaval that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, one of the small upsides of spending so much time at home this year was rediscovering my love of reading! The escapism that the following books have provided this year was critical for getting me through this difficult year, as well as being an enjoyable way to spend all that spare time!

The following are seven of the best books I read this year and one incredibly guilty pleasure that I read following a Netflix obsession earlier this year…

The Goldfinch — Donna Tartt (2013)

The Secret History — Donna Tartt (1992)

Saturdays at Noon — Rachel Marks (2020)

The Flatshare — Beth O’Leary (2019)

Never let me go — Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)

Girl, Woman, Other — Bernadine Evaristo (2019)

The Beekeeper of Aleppo — Christy Lefteri (2019)

Both Girl, Woman, Other and The Beekeeper of Aleppo have been hugely influential books for me this year. You can read more about these here.

And finally, a guilty pleasure…

Gossip Girl: You know you love me — Cecily von Ziegesar (2002)

I’ve also read some amazing non-fiction books this year, read more about them here.

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