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Books of the Year 2020

Chosen by The Reading Agency staff, our Books of the Year list features some of our favourite new publications from 2020, including the 2020 Quick Reads series, short and engaging books for adult readers. You can download e-books through apps such as Libby from OverDrive and BorrowBox. Let us know what you think of the books on Twitter and Instagram using @readingagency and #BooksOfTheYear.

Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett, and David Boyd
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
The Mermaid of Black Conch: A Love Story by Monique Roffey
The Constant Rabbit: The Sunday Times bestseller by Jasper Fforde
The Donor (Quick Reads) by Clare Mackintosh
A Fresh Start (Quick Reads) by Keith Stuart, Louise Candlish, Jojo Moyes, Sophie Kinsella, Mike Gayle, Fanny Blake, Mahsuda Snaith, Ian Rankin, and Adele Parks
Notting Hill Carnival: A West Side Story (Quick Reads) by Candice Carty-Williams
This Is Going To Hurt: An easy to read version of the bestselling book (Quick Reads) by Adam Kay
Writers & Lovers by Lily King
The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe (Quick Reads) by Milly Johnson
Darkness Rising by A. A. Dhand
The Vanishing Half: from the New York Times bestselling author of The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
Such a Fun Age: The instant Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller by Kiley Reid
We Begin at the End: 'A beautifully written mystery, packed with unforgettable characters' Jane Harper by Chris Whitaker
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Glass Town by Isabela Greenberg

Themed booklists

We’ve collected together some of our previous booklists on a variety of themes and topics. Take a look to find your next read.

Climate Change
Books of the Year
Non-fiction November 2019
NaNoWriMo – Debuts of 2019
Food, Glorious Food
Space Chase
Changemaker Reads
Side-splitting Stories
Dementia friendly booklist from Wendy Mitchell
All The World’s a Stage
International Women’s Day
Lasting Letters
Tall Tales
International Migrants Day
Books of the Year 2018
Inspiration for NaNoWriMo: Debuts of 2018
Non-fiction November
Spooky Reads
Summer 2018
Book to film adaptations
Inspirational Women
Pride 2018
Books of the Year 2017
Debuts of 2017
STEM Non-Fiction
A splash of colour for a grey day
Science fiction from the last twenty years
Women in translation
Hot, hot, hot!
Books to make you laugh and cry
Travel books
Romance reads without the cheese
Marmite reads
Back to school
City vs. Country