Even though we haven’t yet entered in 2020 I have already started receiving queries from readers on Instagram demanding recommendations for books to read in 2020.
Disclaimer – This is a list of 5 books from different genres and eras that I definitely recommend. I am an avid reader and a literature student and this recommendation is only based on my reading experience and relationships with different books yet.
Note- I will soon make a list of books to be read based on Literature eras as well.
Let’s dive into a mix bag of “5 books to read in 2020” –
1. Rain in the Mountains by Ruskin Bond
This is one of my favorite books and the only book by Ruskin Bond I have read yet. My 2020 goal is to read more work of Ruskin Bond and get hold of him as a writer. Talking about “The Rain in the Mountains” by Ruskin Bond the language is simple and beautiful. The book is filled with collection of poems, proses and notes from the Himalayas.
Even though the poems barely had any rhyming scheme or meter yet the pictures that the words try to paint are always vivid and wonderful to imagine. I really loved how the first section of the book shares the vibes of living in the mountains.
After reading this book I have developed interest in observing the nature of birds from my room window, cherish the sound of rain and notice everything that the earth has to offer.
I would definitely re-read it in 2020.
2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
In 2019 I decided to read at-least three books which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The Color Purple was one among the three.
One of the main reason why I picked The Color Purple was because it’s an epistolary novel and I love reading that.
The way Walker’s protagonist undergoes a journey of self-discovery with the growing spiritual awareness was worth the read.
Click here to buy The Color Purple.
3. Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco
Since the time I was introduced to absurd literature and absurd plays I developed an obsession for the same. From ‘Waiting for Godot’ to ‘Rhinoceros’ every play had something or the other that made me crazy about it.
I can’t stop but put Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco in the list of books to read in 2020. I know that everyone might not enjoy absurd literature like I do but I also feel that ‘Rhinoceros’ is one such absurd play that everyone should read and ponder upon.
The best thing about reading absurd plays is that the Theater of the Absurd attacks the comfortable certainties of religious or political orthodoxy. The reading will be a roller coaster ride that will definitely leave you with thoughts and bring you face to face with the harsh facts of the human situation .
4. Unposted Letter by Mahatria Ra
The book I picked in 2018, re-read in 2019 and recommend in 2020.
Everytime someone asks me for a help book recommendation that’s the first book that I talk about. Unposted Letter is a collection of short articles. Each article contains deep and profound reflections on many topics related to life, work, situations, and attitudes.
In case you are going through mid-life crises or you feel like you can’t deal with life problems anymore pick this book. It will certainly help you.
Grab some good vibes in 2020 as you read this non-fiction.
5. Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen.
This is not a horror story, but a scathing commentary on 19th-century morality.
The play was disliked by people for its frank treatment of the forbidden topic of vulnerable disease. Ibsen was strongly criticized for presenting such a bold play. Read the quote attached below to understand the gist of the play –
“It’s not only what we have inherited from our father and mother that walks in us. It’s all sorts of dead ideas, and lifeless old beliefs, and so forth. They have no vitality, but they cling to us all the same, and we can’t get rid of them.”
― Ibsen Henrik 1828-1906, Ghosts
If you haven’t read it, give it a read in 2020. The play deserve to be read. Click here to buy the book.
These were my recommendation of books to read in 2020.
HAPPY READING. <3
Also, I am creating a list of book that I should and will read in 2020. If you have some titles that you think I should definitely pick, share the same in the comment section below.
I would be glad 🙂