5 Fiction Highlights from 2020

Hello! As promised, I’m back to share some of my bookish highlights from last year! One of my favourite things is sharing books with people – whether it’s recommendations or actual, physical copies. I wish I could share my copies of these books with you all, they’re that good. But I guess a simple recommendation will have to do instead… I hope that maybe one or two of these books will catch your attention and inspire you to pick them up and read them for yourself. These stories are very, very well written. And there is nothing more delightful than a good story, let me assure you. 🙂

So here you are, 5 fiction highlights from my 2020 reading year…

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Do you remember how I said last week that I read a lot of C.S. Lewis last year? Well this book was partly what inspired my year long Lewis kick. I picked this gem up at the beginning of the year and inhaled it in record time. The story is fascinating. I knew very little about Lewis’s personal life walking into this book, and I was immediately pulled into the story of him and his wife, Joy. I don’t want to give much away, but let’s just say that Joy, the Jewish divorcee, and Lewis the Oxford bachelor, were a very unlikely match. If you didn’t know any better, you might almost think it was just a beautiful story – but it really did happen! Of course, this book is a fictionalized account of their love story, but it’s heavily based on research and historical fact. And it’s beautifully written – you can almost imagine yourself walking with Lewis and Joy as their story progresses. This book was a delightful way to start of my 2020 reading year, and if you have any interest in C.S Lewis I would highly recommend you pick this book up and get to reading it!

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While I’m on the C.S. Lewis roll, it seems only appropriate to mention this gem of his. I read The Magician’s Nephew for the first time in 2020 (I know, shock and horror, I didn’t read this until I was 19.5 years old) and was blown away by it. All of Lewis’s Chronicles have specific, beautiful ties to the Gospel, and this book is no exception. It is a story packed full with all that is good and beautiful and true. Stories like these remind me so clearly how God can use story to display his goodness and glory – indeed, how he has already done so! I can’t honestly describe this book in any way that will fully give it justice. Suffice it to say, it’s powerful and beautiful and everyone should read it (and the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia).

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I think it’s pretty clear from the general content of this blog that I enjoy poetry. So this book should come as no surprise to you. That said, I’m not exactly sure you can say it’s a book written in poetry – it’s more poetic vignettes of some type. But whatever the genre, this book is good. The writing style is golden – rich and vivid and gritty and emotional. It tells the oh so familiar story of someone longing for home, struggling to find a place in their world, wrestling with identity, and learning to see the beauty in diversity. It’s a powerful read, both in writing style and content. I reread it for a class in the spring and it was such an enriching experience – I highly recommend picking it up yourself.

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

This book was a little bit off the beaten trail of historical/classics/poetry that I tend to tread fairly frequently. But I’m glad that I went off to find this one! Its a powerful read, and to be honest, not an easy one at all. But it’s one that I think is incredibly important. I came away from this book reminded of how vital relationships are to us as humans. We are made to be connection, and when we aren’t… well, things start to fall apart. This book is well worth a read – it’s heart-wrenching and funny and tragic all at once. I promise this one will make an impact on you.

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Again, those who know me will not be surprised that an LMM book made it into this post. But how can I help it?! She really is a gem of a writer, and all of her books could’ve equally made it onto this list. But I read Anne of the Island this past summer, so this is the one I’m going to rave about. This book is a silvery thing of beauty, shot through with charm and whimsy and oh such delight! I think I connected to this one especially in the season I am in now, as I see a lot of myself in this part of Anne’s story- leaving home for college, making new friends, seeing old friendships blossom into deeper beauty, and just learning how to traverse that challenging path between childhood and adulthood. I find a kindred spirit in this Anne, as fictional as she may be, and that in itself endears her stories to me like nothing else. Do me a favour – pick up a book by LMM, Anne of the Island or any other will do just as well, and dive deep into the richness they hold. You won’t be disappointed.

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And that my friends, is a small foray into my fiction highlights of 2020. I hope you enjoyed! If you care to see what other fiction books I enjoyed in 2020, feel free to check out my Goodreads bookshelf. 🙂 I’ll be back here next week with my non-fiction highlights, so keep your eyes peeled!

Have you read any of the books I highlighted in this post? What was one of your 2020 fiction highlights? I’d love to hear all about it in in the comments below!

Author: Hannah

Jesus follower. writer. bibliophile. dreamer.

2 thoughts on “5 Fiction Highlights from 2020”

  1. I need to read the Anne series instead of only watching them — shame on me! I loved Becoming Mrs. Lewis, of course.☺️ I tried reading Eleanor Oliphant but couldn’t get into it. Maybe I will attempt it once more. Thanks for your suggestions, Hannah!

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