Amazon’s top books of 2020: cracking Christmas reads and page-turners

AMAZON’s top books of 2020 could offer inspiration this December.

Whether buying for yourself or another, there are some cracking titles to explore and of course enjoy.

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Amazon calls its 2020 lists “female-dominated”, as titles show a huge breadth and depth of stories and experience from woman authors in fiction and non-fiction categories.

J.K Rowling’s ever-popular Harry Potter series dominates places 1-7 of the top 10 most-read titles.

  • Find Amazon’s ‘This Year in Books’ here

Meanwhile the ‘most quotable’ book of the year is James Clear’s Atomic Habits: An Easy & proven way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones.  

We’ve split out the top 10 fiction and non-fiction lists below, highlighting some of the titles which can feed the reading bug of you or a loved one this Christmas.

Fiction – Top 10

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  2. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
  3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  4. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  5. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
  6. Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
  7. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
  8. The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
  9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  10. The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

1: Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens, is the author and former wildlife scientist’s first novel.

Previously co-author of three international best-selling non-fiction titles, Owen’s novel follows North Dakota’s ‘Marsh Girl’ Kya Clark.

A murder, mystery and coming-of-age story, highlighted with nature’s enveloping beauty, means an enlivening title already an international bestseller.

5: The Thursday Murder Club

The Thursday Murder Club, by Richard Osman, has been called ‘A gripping read’ by The Sunday Times.

While 70+ retirees Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron meet weekly to solve unsolved murders, a new murder takes place ‘on their doorstep’ of their retirement village.

Can the four truth-seekers use their know-how and savvy to get to the bottom of it?

10: The Beekeper of Aleppo

A human, heartbreaking and much-praised novel, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a powerful testament to the human spirit.

Escaping war and destruction in the titular city of Syria, beekeeper Nuri and his wife Afra are forced to travel a “broken world” when all they know is destroyed.

Described as moving, beautiful and compassionate, Christy Lefteri’s though-provoking novel offers hope – but not without tragedy.

Non-fiction – Top 10

  1. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  2. Pinch of Nom Everyday Light: 100 Tasty, Slimming Recipes All Under 400 Calories by Kay Featherstone & Kate Allinson
  3. Pinch of Nom: 100 Slimming, Home-style Recipes by Kay Featherstone & Kate Allinson
  4. Mrs Hinch: The Little Book of Lists by Mrs Hinch
  5. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  6. Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness by Vex King
  7. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
  8. Untamed: Stop Pleasing, Start Living by Glennon Doyle
  9. This Is Me by Mrs Hinch
  10. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

1: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race was originally the title of a blog post written by author Reni Eddo-Lodge.

Now the multi-award winning and Number 1 Sunday Times bestseller of the same name has sparked national conversation and a social examination.

Eddo-Lodge explores eradicated black history, the link between class and race, and much in between in the eye-opening ‘essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today’.

5: Becoming

Now a major Netflix documentary, Becoming by Michelle Obama is a memoir told on the author's terms.

From childhood on Chicago’s south-side, to education at Princeton, Harvard,the balance of career and parenthood – and into the White House alongside Barack Obama, the title is an honest and engaging journey.

Many know her as a former First Lady of the United States, but the volumes of her experiences and personal reflections are here in detail.

10: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari was first released in 2015.

Since then it has continued to delight and inform in what The Observer has called ‘A rare book…thrilling and breathtaking’.

For anyone looking to find out more about who we are and where we’ve come from, Sapiens’ snapshot of human history is one of the most-loved and enjoyed.

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