Books you need to read in 2020

2020 has already been a crazy year and we’ve only just started the third month. To celebrate World Book Day, we’ve collated some great books to read to help you weather this tumultuous year and help you be the best you!

This is going to hurt

If you haven’t heard of his book, it has been a hugely popular book since its release in 2017 and the author, Adam Kay, has even created a stage show off the back of it. The book is a series of diary entries taken from Kay’s time as a junior doctor and gives a never before seen insight into the NHS. It’s funny, emotional and most of all makes you appreciate our healthcare system. Relatable af if you’re a med student too!

Brave not Perfect

This one is particularly aimed at women, but I ALWAYS advocate that men should be doing feminist readings too. This book is written by CEO and founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, and she explains how the way girls are raised to be perfect is holding them back. It helps unleash a new way of thinking and not being afraid to fail which is essential for student life.

Normal People

Where do I even begin with this book? It’s been the book on everyone’s lips for a few years now and after reading it, it’s not hard to see why Sally Rooney, the books author, got so much praise for it. It is a story about two people who cannot seem to stay out of each others lives. The book draws you in and steers well clear of romantic cliches so when it touches on topics such as mental health and trauma it feels like an representation that is so close to reality.

Everything I know about Love

No matter what your situation is; in a relationship, casually seeing someone, single and loving it or single and hating it and everything in between, this book is hilarious and gives a really honest retelling of the ups and downs of love. It’s perfect for putting your own trials and tribulations of love into perspective.

Noughts and Crosses

This is an oldies but a goodie. If you’re wondering why you should be reading it in 2020, when it was released in 2001, you might be interested to know it’s being turned into a TV series on the BBC. It’s set to be all everyone’s talking about, especially with the likes of Stormzy dropping in for a cameo, so you don’t want to be left out of the loop. It’s also a book about race and it is a particularly poignant time to explore this issue. Also, Malorie Blackman is a total pioneer and it’s never a bad time to get into her work.

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