In the midst of a global pandemic, we have all had a little more time on our hands. Because we’ve all been cooped up in our homes for quite some time, it might be a good idea to step away from binge-watching. Instead, say goodbye to Netflix and Hulu and pick up a captivating fiction book. These top fiction books are popular reads that you’re sure to love!
Choosing a Fiction Book to Read
Does the thought of diving into a new story sounds fun? With so many amazing fiction books on the market, it can be hard to know which book is right for you. Of course, the books you like to read will depend on your own unique preferences. This diverse guide lists 10 of 2020’s top-rated fiction books, curated in no particular order, to help you find your next read.
Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier
Pizza Girl has been a top hit in fiction since its release in June of 2020. It has been highly rated and reviewed by New York Times, Vogue, People, BuzzFeed, Harper’s Bazaar, and several other news mediums. Pizza Girl humorously follows the story of a pregnant teen and her struggles as she moves forward and into her new chapter of life.
The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams
The Illness Lesson is a suspenseful story that is extremely relevant in our current times. A new sickness has surfaced, and several individuals become ill. However, the main character in the story is skeptical of the doctor’s treatments. The Illness Lesson has been described as “a psychological thriller.”
Deacon King Kong by James McBride
Deacon King Kong was released in March of 2020 and has been raved about since. The book has been described as “funny” and “thoughtful” as it follows the evolution of a south Brooklyn neighborhood after a traumatic event has taken place.
Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
Utopia Avenue explores the adventures of a fictional British rock band in the 60s. It is psychedelic, entertaining, and psychological. Utopia Avenue presents situations that question what we can and can’t control, evoking thought and conversation among readers.
Godshot by Chelsea Bieker
Godshot tells the story of a headstrong teenage girl who is determined to save her crumbling town during an awful drought in California. It has themes of friendship, resilience, abandonment, and salvation.
They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman
Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery? They Wish They Were Us is just that. It follows Jill Newman and her quest to find out who really killed her best friend.
Drifts by Kate Zambreno
Drifts artistically illustrates the obsessions and anxieties that creative work can bring about. The narrator becomes obsessed with tracking her own life, which supersedes the interest in the novel she was working on.
Must I Go by Yiyun Li
Must I Go is sentimental and moving as the 81-year-old protagonist looks back on her life as she prepares to pass away. Explore love, grief, and family as you are captivated by the story of Lilia’s life.
Real Life by Brandon Taylor
Real Life is highly reviewed, as it tells the story of a black, gay doctoral student in a predominately white PhD program. It follows the hardships that oppression can bring.
So, what’s your pick? There truly is something for everyone. With the extra time you may have from quarantine, why not read them all?