It’s not long until the new year is upon us, and already readers are looking for inspiration for 2020. The fantastic news is that 2019 was an excellent year for the written word but next year is looking to be even better. There are several titles on the way that have already got the industry as well as readers buzzing.
We list a number of them here to get you excited for the year to come. First, we will begin by looking at the most popular books of 2019. Once you have crossed these must-reads off your list, it is time to start planning your reading schedule for the New Year! Use the suggestions below to find your best-loved book of 2020.
The Biggest Sellers of 2019
There are plenty ‘best of’ lists for 2019, but the most effective one comes from readers themselves. In particular, how they voted with their wallets. This list contains the top 10 sellers in 2019. As you might expect, it is a real mixed bag of results. In order, starting at number one we have:
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
- Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dave Pilkey
- Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
- The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
- Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
- The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
- Big Preschool Workbook by School Zone
- Diary of Wimpy Kid Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney
The best news for book lovers? This list includes books for kids, teens, as well as adults. This means that despite all of the electronics out there – iPads, apps, games, tv, kids and adults are still picking up the humble book, flipping pages and enjoying what is written within. It warms the heart of book lovers everywhere.
What to look for in 2020
The industry is looking forward to a cracking good year as there are a lot of promising reads on the way. For the selection here we turned to major as well as Indy booksellers to offer insight on what they think will be popular in 2020.
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. This is the latest addition to the Hunger Games Series and the first since 2010!
- Long Bright River by Liz Moore. A genre-defying suspense story that will have you second-guessing until the final page.
- American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. A very topical story of immigration, human connection, and survival.
- The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. This well-researched and atmospheric book takes readers back to wartime London during the Blitz.
- A Song Below Water by Bethany Morrow. A powerful look at race, identity, racism, and representation.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to read more books then the five here will get you well on your way. Those that already have a well-established browsing routine will be just as engrossed by the wealth and depth available in the upcoming year.
The Wild Card Hit of 2020?
The book world, and fantasy fans, in particular, have one major question on their minds. Is this the year that George R. R. Martin finally releases the next instalment in the Game of Thrones series? The signs are positive. Martin himself stated that he would like Winds of Winter on the shelves by summer 2020 which could easily become one of the biggest sellers of the year. With the TV show wrapped up, this would be just the cure for GOT fans craving another trip back to Westeros.