You know 2020 hasn’t been all bad, right? Yes, there’s a pandemic going on, civil unrest in the U.S and other countries around the world, earthquakes, bombings, wildfires, and a lot of contention, but there have also been more opportunities to hunker down and enjoy books! And we seem to have an almost inexhaustible supply! Here are some of the most read books of 2020 so far, according to GoodReads and Amazon’s rankings, along with everything you want to know about them. I scoured the internet to find you content info, best deals, best quotes, and even best hashtags related to them. Go forth and find one to help you enjoy life more because heaven knows you need it!

Starting with #10 and counting down to the most popular contemporary fiction book, as voted by everyone, here are 2020’s best fiction books so far:

#10: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

This book’s main character, Korede, literally has a sister who appears to be a serial killer, having had three boyfriends she’s “had” to kill in “self-defense.” Korede wants to believe her sister’s not as guilty as she seems, but when the sister starts dating a doctor Korede’s got her eyes on…

Combined Amazon and Goodreads ranking: 7.94

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Nutrition Facts

Not available.

Plot Summary for My Sister the Serial Killer

Although The Harvard Crimson’s article on this book is more of a review than a plot summary, it does both.

Hashtag

Twitter: #MySistertheSerialKiller

#9: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Alix is a take-charge white woman, but when her child’s babysitter, Emira, who is black, is humiliated while taking Alix’s two-year-old daughter to the grocery store and accused of kidnapping him, Alix has no idea how to take charge of the situation, especially when Emira’s not sure she wants Alix’s help.

Combined GoodReads and Amazon ranking: 8.05

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Nutrition Facts

None available

Such a Fun Age Plot Summary

Wikipedia provides a nice full plot summary.

Hashtags and Such

Twitter: #SuchaFunAge

Instagram: @KileyReid

#8: What You Wish For by Katherine Center

On its face, it’s about a school librarian who has a crush on the principal. Deeper down, though, it’s about what people find comfort in, be they rules or books, and what they’re willing to sacrifice for to get that comfort. It’s romance, with a little bit of mystery.

Combined Amazon and Goodreads ranking: 8.25

Best Deal

Even used copies of this book go for $14+, so the best price is:

Best Quote

Nutrition Facts

None available.

What You Wish For Book Summary

None available.

Hashtags and Such

Twitter: #WhatYouWishFor

#7: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

On its surface, it’s about Aza, a 16-year-old girl with OCD and anxiety, who is determined the solve the mystery of a missing billionaire. With her best friend Daisy, they embark on a quest to find him. Between its pages, though, it’s more about love, resilience, mental illness, and the power of friendship.

Combined Amazon and Goodreads rankings: 8.45

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From CommonSenseMedia.org:

Turtles All the Way Down Plot Summary

Provided by Wikipedia.

Hashtags and Such

Instagram: @JohnGreenWritesBooks

#6: Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

While backbiting, money-grubbing family problems are not usually my favorite thing to read about, Kevin Kwan’s humor just might be. This is number 3 in the Crazy Rich Asians series, but you don’t necessarily have to have read the preceding two to enjoy this one.

Combined Amazon and Goodreads rankings: 8.54

Best Deal

Everywhere I looked, this book started at $9.99. I would go with a used copy from eBay.

Best Quote

Nutrition Facts

None available

Rich People Problems Plot Summary

For that, I refer you to Wikipedia.

Hashtags and Such

Follow @KevinKwanBooks on Instagram. You don’t want to follow #richpeopleproblems on Twitter, unless you like a lot of complaining.

#5: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I heard this raved about on #bookstagram and other places, and its premise–about the dynamics that can develop in a suburban neighborhood between two opposite women–sounds intriguing. So does the fact that it’s about “the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood–and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.”

Combined Amazon and Goodreads ranking: 8.6

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From CommonSenseMedia.org:

Little Fires Everywhere Plot Summary

Again, by Wikipedia.

Hashtags and Such

#LittleFiresEverywhere on Twitter will give you info not only on the book but also on the Netflix series based on it.

#4: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. 

Combined Amazon and Goodreads ranking: 4.60

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Everything, Everything Plot Summary

For that, I refer you to Wikipedia.

Hashtags and Such

Not a lot of good hashtags or accounts for this one on social media.

#3: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

By the same author as Everything, Everything, this book also explores the gravitational forces that both draw us towards each other and keep us apart, through the story of Natasha and Daniel. It’s about “a girl, a boy, and the universe.”

Combined Amazon and Goodreads ranking: 8.67

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From CommonSenseMedia.org:

Plot Summary of The Sun is Also a Star

From LitCharts.com.

Hashtags and Such

Follow #TheSunIsAlsoAStar on Twitter to get a lot of really good quotes from the book.

#2: The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett

This is about twin sisters who are black, but as they grow up, their paths diverge, so much so that one of them disguises herself as white, even to the point that she’s married to a white man who has no idea she’s black or has a twin sister. The question is: why?

Combined Amazon and GoodReads rankings: 8.98

Best Deal

You can get all kinds of .pdf ebooks of this for around $4USD, but I’d recommend getting the hardcover, if nothing else than for its striking cover. The best price for that is on Kindle for $13.99https://smile.amazon.com/Vanishing-Half-Novel-Brit-Bennett-ebook/dp/B07XNG5L99/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1598299209&sr=8-1.

Best Quote

As pointed out by Jules Buono of JulesBuono.com:

Nutrition Facts

None available.

Plot Summary

Wikipedia says it best.

Hashtags and Such

Twitter: #VanishingHalf

Now, for the drum roll please…

#1: Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis

Tellingly, this book has a similar premise to Everything, Everything: two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives. Can you love someone you can never touch?

Combined Amazon and GoodReads ranking: 8.98

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Five Feet Apart Plot Summary

This post by Refinery29.com provides a summary as it compares the book the movie that was made from it.

Hashtags and Such

Follow #fivefeetapart on Twitter for info on both the book and the movie made from it.

So there you have it! Enjoy and let me know what you think!

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