Hunter and Bligh’s Top 15 Reading List of 2020

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To celebrate International Book Day 2020 (23 April), the Hunter and Bligh team has put together the ultimate reading list.

If there’s ever been a time to pick up a book, it’s right now. Whether you’re into fiction or facts, thrillers or romance, new releases or classics, we think we have the ideal next book for you!

We’ve put our heads together to come up with the ultimate list of all the very best books we think you should read, personally curated by none other than the team behind Hunter and Bligh. Scroll down and deep dive into the world’s very best books!

Boy Swallows Universe - Trent Dalton

“One of the best Australian books ever in my humble opinion, Boy Swallows Universe creates characters you instantly fall in love with and the plot has just enough realism and craziness to keep you hooked the whole time. I finished this book within two days, it was so hard to put down!” – Charlie Inwood

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Every Word is a Bird We Teach To Sing - Daniel Tammet

“It’s a gorgeously written account of the author’s unusual relationship with language and how that has impacted his experiences through life. I haven’t even finished it yet and I’m already recommending it – it’s hooked me that much.” – Madi Paulsen

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J. K. Rowling

“My love for reading as a whole, and for Harry Potter started with this book, and it’s always enjoyable to go back to where the magic started (excuse the pun!).” – Georgia Parry

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Harry Potter e La Pietra Filosofale (Italian) - J. K. Rowling

“Planning to sharpen your foreign language skills? Then you can’t go past reading a nostalgic classic like Harry Potter in another language… But be warned, with made-up words already present in the original (ie muggle), it makes for quite a challenging read!” – Rebecca Cherote

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I Am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes

“Captivating from the start, this novel’s depth of detail makes you question, is this really fiction? The 600 pages will fly by – it’s that good.” – Talia Styles

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Invisible Women - Caroline Criado Perez

“An absolute eye-opener. This book unpacks the gender bias in the everyday structures and systems on which the world is built. But, it’s not as heavy as it seems and is a really easy read. You’ll finish this book smarter than when you picked it up.” – Mary Sheard

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Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey

“Jasper Jones is one of my favourite books, following a teenage boy in a small Australian town, tackling themes of prejudice, family and friendship. Basically an Australian To Kill a Mockingbird, with a bit more romance and literally closer to home, it’s already a classic in my opinion.” – Charlie Inwood

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Killing Commendatore - Haruki Murakami

“The story stretches effortlessly along a long and winding path, challenging extraordinary events with ridiculously simple strokes; a marvellous escape from reality.” – Chris Kelly

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Little Women - Louise M. Alcott

“A classic story that is widely loved and known, this tale warms the heart and makes you want to follow your dreams.” – Georgia Parry

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My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante

“This is a classic case of making sure you don’t judge a book by its cover. Originally written in Italian, I read this book in the English translation and I loved it. It’s so easy to fall in love with the characters and the sense of time and place in 1950’s Naples is compelling.” – Mary Sheard

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Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

“This is the next book I’m reading and I cannot wait! It’s a thriller about abduction, murder and family drama. I’m a huge fan of Flynn (who also wrote 2012 Gone Girl) so I know this is going to be a real page-turner.” – Rebecca Cherote

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The Binding - Bridget Collins

“I happened upon this book in a bookstore in Bowral, and what followed was a beautiful story, dark at times, that has twists and turns but an uplifting end.” – Georgia Parry

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The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood

“Margaret Atwood is one of my all-time favourites; I love how she writes gripping page-turners which also make you think about big questions. This one is lesser-known but offers an interesting interpretation of the ancient myth of Odysseus.” – Mary Sheard

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The Alchemyst - Michael Scott

“A perfect mixture of fantasy and history sprinkled with lots of magic along the way. It’s the first of six books and the series remains to be my all-time favourite!” – Madi Paulsen

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White Teeth - Zadie Smith

“I absolutely love White Teeth, one of the best debut novels of the past century! Zadie Smith’s style is so engaging and fresh. The plot, following several families across generations, is funny and heartbreaking in equal measure, meaning I can read it again and again and get something new out of it each time.” – Charlie Inwood

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Does social-distancing have you turning into quite the bookworm? Don’t let the inspiration stop here! You can also read our list of the classic novels you’ve probably been meaning to read, or the best Australian novels to be released in 2020.

Editor’s Note: Our writers and contributors have independently selected and curated this article, and all opinions are their own. This article does contain affiliate links which allows us to make revenue off some purchases made by our readers.