• Faiza Yousuf

The best books I read in 2020

2020 has so far been the year of chaos, grief, and anxiety. I lost a few dear ones to this terrible virus and spent a lot of time trying to feel less overwhelmed. I started this year intending to read 30 books as I went back to working as a full-time employee after six years. But it turned out that the more shit I feel, the more I fall back to my kindle.


This year has been a year of fiction, to be precise, the year of fantasy fiction. Below is my list in no particular order. I wanted to add all books from N. K Jemisin’s broken earth trilogy, and the same goes for S. A Chakraborty’s Deavabad trilogy, but I didn’t because once you pick up the first book, you will go through the whole trilogy as quickly as humanly possible.


So here it goes!

  1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

  2. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

  3. The Testament by Margaret Atwood

  4. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

  5. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

  6. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

  7. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

  8. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

  9. The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

  10. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

  11. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

  12. Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

  13. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  14. How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide by Crystal Marie Fleming

  15. The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells


So how was this year for you? What books did you read and loved? Let’s catch up on Twitter!

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