5 Books You Should Add to Your Reading List in 2020

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2019 was a great year and I almost read around 35 books, which was 35% of my reading target. While I plan to read more in 2020, I wanted to share some of the best books I read this year, so that you could add them to your reading list for the next year.

As I had mentioned in one of my previous stories, I focused on reading simple books this year. Though they were written in simple language, some of them were close to my heart. Here are 5 of those books I suggest to add to your reading list in 2020.

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Originally written by Swedish author Fredrik Backman and translated to English, you would love this book, no matter what type of reader you are. Some of the sentences in the book are very short, but the contemporary writing style and simple story line appeals to readers of all ages.

You could finish reading the whole book in a couple of days, or stretch it for a couple of months. It’s a lighthearted story of a not-so-lovable old man whom you will end up loving in the end.

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Australian businessman Saroo Brierley’s real life story is captivating, touching and quite intense. This is the book that inspired the motion film Lion(2016).

Saroo’s story dates back to his troubled history in India when he was a child and got lost on a train he decided to take a nap in. The book focuses on his attempt to trace back the village where he was born and brought up. The edition of the book I read contains images that are touching. This is a small book that could be completed in no time, if you are a good reader.

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An old one, but still a great one. True to its title, Dog Gone is based on the true story of a lost dog called Gonker and his family’s attempts to find him. Pauls Toutonghi’s writing style makes light of even the worst situations. The book also highlights a family’s bond through tough times.

Dog Gone would appeal to you if you love dogs. I found it hard to put this book down once I started reading it. If you like it, you will finish reading it in less than a week.

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Caleb’s Crossing is a little lesser known story about the first native Americal to graduate from Harvard. Pulitzer prize winner Geraldine Brooks has written a brilliant piece that narrates a part of history.

Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck’s story is not well-documented in history, and though this book is inspired by a real life story, most of it is woven by the author. Nevertheless, you will love this book if you love reading about people.

Bear Town

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Do you love small towns? Do you love hockey? If your answer is ‘yes’ to either of these, then this is a must-read for you. Another one of Fredrik Backman’s masterpiece that is narrated in simple language. If you like A Man Called Ove, you will love this.

These are the best 5 books you should add to your reading list in 2020. Wish you a happy new year filled with knowledge and great experiences!

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