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My 2020 Reading List (so far)

April 17, 2020
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I love diving into a new year of books and even though I feel like I’m off to a late start this year, I’m excited to get into my 2020 reading list. I typically go for a mix of thrillers, light romantic comedies and some historical fiction. My list so far includes a few less recent books that I haven’t read yet, but I’ll be updating this throughout the year.

I’d love to hear what books you’re reading, so I can add them to my list. Sharing is caring! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Here’s what I’ve read so far….

The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

What a story this was! Set in WWII-era France, The Nightingale focuses on two sisters who are total opposites and endure the happenings of the war in very different ways. Vianne is a teacher, mother and wife, who finds herself forced to live with an enemy Nazi who has requisitioned her family home. Isabelle is a rebellious teenager who desperately wants to find purpose and flees her small town to take on the risks and adventure of fighting the Nazis from within France. The trials these two endure are unimaginable and both have to live with the decisions they’ve made to stay alive. I couldn’t stop reading this one! It really puts into perspective what we view as hardships and challenges as they pale in comparison to what these sisters faced. // The Nightingale on Audible

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng

I was a little late to this story, but when I saw it was on Hulu with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, I wanted to dig in and read. I have to say, I think the book is better! It’s set in Shaker Heights, OH, a planned community outside Cleveland with strict rules, standards and social expectations. (I loved these details that reminded me of some of our local planned communities). The story dives into the lives of two mothers and their intertwining lives while jumping back to moments in their past. Elena is seemingly the “perfect” mom of four, with a nice house, a successful husband and a career. Mia is an artist and mother who hasn’t put down roots and hasn’t been totally honest about her history. The way their truths come to light shows how gloss and grit have their places and give us the raw edges and finish that define us. // Little Fires Everywhere on Audible

Dear Wife

by Kimberly Belle

I love a good thriller! This one centers on two women – one missing and one on the run. Beth manages to escape her violent husband, but doesn’t feel safe no matter how far she gets. Sabine’s husband can’t understand why she would disappear, though it becomes clear she had begun making plans for a life without him. The detective is growing more obsessed at solving the case and it’s unclear whether the two women are actually the same person. There are intense details of domestic violence as well as multiple first-person perspectives to add layers of mystery. If you love a twist and a captivating thriller, this one is exciting. // Dear Wife on Audible

My Remaining 2020 Need-to-Read List

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer (recommended for those who love The Nightingale)

Emma by Jane Austen (a classic on manners and matchmaking if you haven’t read it before)

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (now on Netflix starring Elle Fanning)

No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez (a thriller about woman who’s good deed turns her life into a question mark)

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory (light and festive holiday romance)

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