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2020 sure was an interesting year for reading.
There were so many incredible books published this year, and with lockdowns imposed around the world, many of us turned to the comfort of stories to get us through 2020. And the folks at Kobo are no exception.
Back in January, which feels like a lifetime ago, we announced our 2020 reading challenge, an annual event we host in an effort to inspire us to read outside our comfort zone. This week we asked Kobo which books they read for our 2020 challenge and they came through with a bunch of great recommendations!
A Memoir about someone you know nothing about – Natasha Trethewey Memorial Drive – Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele When They Call You a Terrorist – Joanne Vannicola All We Knew but Couldn’t Say – Adam Kay This is Going to Hurt
A book written by a person of colour – Brit Bennet The Vanishing Half – Bernadine Evaristo Girl, Woman, Other – NK Jemisin The City We Became – Kiley Read Such a Fun Age
A book that takes place in the 1920s – Libba Bray King of Crows
A book by an indie author – Talia Hibbert Wrapped Up in You – Sarina Bowen Bittersweet – A Dangerous Kind of Lady – Carla Kovach The Next Girl – Rebekah Weatherspoon Rafe – A Buff Male Nanny
A work of fiction by a LGBTQ+ author – Graham Norton Home Stretch – Camille Perri When Katie Met Cassidy – Sam Maggs The Unstoppable Wasp – Malinda Lo Ash – Kate Davies In at the Deep End – V.E. Schwab Vengeful
A Debut Novel – Raven Leilani Luster – Kate Elizabeth Russell My Dark Vanessa – Christina Hammonds The Black Kids
A retelling of a fairy tale, myth, or legend – Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran Snow, Glass, Apples – L.L. McKinney A Blade so Black – Kate Poston Bookish and the Beast
A 2019 Award Winner – Sarah M. Broom The Yellow House – Margaret Atwood The Testaments
A book that intimidates you – Herman Melville Moby Dick – Robert Bilott Exposure
A classic murder mystery – Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep
A graphic novel – Gene Luen Yang Dragon Hoops
Your choice! – Maggie O’Farrell Hamnet and Judith – Glennon Doyle Untamed – Emily St. John Mandel The Glass Hotel – Mohsin Zaidi A Dutiful Boy
A book by a journalist – Ronan Farrow Catch and Kill – Sonia Shah The Next Great Migration
A play written in the 21st century – Suzan-Lori Parks The Book of Grace – Anne Washburn Mr. Burns and Other Plays
A book by a trans or nonbinary author – Jordy Rose Confessions of the Fox – Casey Plett Little Fish – Vivek Shraya The Subtweet
A book you own but haven’t read yet – Barbara Demick Eat the Buddha
A book with a five-word title – John Bolton The Room Where it Happened – Doireann Ni Ghoriofa A Ghost in the Throat – Becky Chambers To Be Taught, If Fortunate – Emma Donoghue The Pull of the Stars
A classic you didn’t read in school – Tony Morrison Beloved
A book from the Belletrist Book Club – V.E. Schwab The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – Rosie Price What Red Was
The first book by an author you love – Donna Tartt Secret History
A Giller Prize Winner – Souvankham Thammavongsa How to Pronounce Knife
A book about a road trip – Meaghan Marie Hackinen South Away
A book by a disabled author – Lyn Miller-Lachmann Rogue – Patricia Polacco Thank You, Mr. Falker – Jillian Weise The Colony
A book about social media – Kathleen Barber Follow Me – Megan Angelo Followers – Emma Lord Tweet Cute
If you have any favourite books you read for the challenge this year be sure to let us know in the comments, and be sure to let us know if you have any ideas for categories to include in our challenge for 2021!
Happy new year!!