2020 will be the year that most of us will never forget. The whole world has been shaken by the pandemic which led to numerous lockdowns. For bookworms such as myself, it only meant one thing: more time to read. Here are my top 5 books of 2020 that helped me get through it.
1. ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ by Walter Tevis
Definitely, Queen’s Gambit is one of my favourite novels I have read this year. The novel is set in the 1960s-1970s and tells the story about Beth Harmon; an exceptional chess player. Beth is a strong female figure who inspires to follow your passion no matter how many stereotypes you will have to break. Warning! You may become obsessed with chess afterwards. Also, Netflix released the adaption of this novel in mini-series which is also great and worth watching.
2. ‘The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper’ by Hallie Rubenhold
We all know who Jack the Ripper was – a serial killer. But what do we know about his victims? They were all prostitutes. Not true. Thanks to Rubenhold, we get to know the sad and tragic stories of Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Merry Jane. Not only that, Rubenhold tells the story about living in Victorian England that unfortunately was nothing pleasant if you were poor. A great history book!
3. ‘Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men’ by Caroline Criado Perez
Perez’s research is full of statistics and insightful data that is both inspiring and worrying. It was an emotional journey and I think everyone should read this. Hopefully, this piece of research will change the course of future planning and decision making and that women will get their say when it comes to their daily lives.
4. ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernardine Evaristo
This is a wonderful novel! It features 12 interconnected characters, mostly women, black and British. They are of different age, sexuality, sexual identity, occupation, cultural background and class. It covers generations of families, their lives and struggles. It is very relatable and current.
‘The Nightingale’ by Kristin Hannah
The only book that left me in tears this year. A beautiful and sad story about two sisters living in occupied France during World War II. Vianne and Isabelle had to make very difficult choices in order to survive and saved their loved ones. Hannah challenges the reader and explores important questions of what’s right and what’s easy. A remarkable and beautifully written story for which you will need a box of tissues.