For the past two years, I’ve compiled a 12 month reading guide (you can see the 2019 list here and the 2018 list here) with one book to read every month.
And I’m so excited to release the 2020 Everyday Reading Book Club list today with 12 fantastic books meant to match the season and holidays.
I’ve also finally found a rhythm for discussing them on Instagram each week and I love talking about them each week and hearing what you thought about each book.
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The 2020 Everyday Reading Book Club List
168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam
This book is the perfect way to start out the new year? I’ve read a lot of books about time management and this is one of my all-time favorites. It made me feel so empowered to fit the hobbies and activities I love into my life, get more sleep, and strengthen my relationships with my husband, my children and my friends. I cannot WAIT to discuss this one. (Full review here)
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
I read this book in late 2018 and I still think about it constantly. With the movie just recently out, this feels like the perfect time to read or re-read this stunning non-fiction book about the justice system in the US, plus the incredible story of a lawyer working to free a man who was unjustly imprisoned. (Full review here)
Lovely War by Julie Berry
I have heard nothing but RAVES about this World War I book and I can’t wait to dive in. It’s a Young Adult novel that includes Greek Gods and two love stories and . . . I’m here for it. (Plus, right now, it’s available for $1.99 on Kindle!)
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I love a chick lit type of book for April when many of us are on spring break (or at least dreaming of spring break) and this is the perfect book now that we’re all stuck inside. This is about a tech guy at a newspaper responsible for monitoring company email and when the email correspondence of two women who work at the paper gets flagged, he starts reading their near-daily email exchanges. He doesn’t know either women, but through their notes, he quickly finds himself falling for one of them. But once you’ve read months of someone’s personal email, what chance is there for making something happen in real life without seeming completely creepy or lying to her? (Full review here)
The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More by Bruce Feiler
I mentioned this book earlier this year when I talked about my favorite parenting books, and it’s been so long since I read this one that I can’t wait to revisit it. As school ends and children are spending more time at home, this is a really helpful book about making the most of your summer together (and really, all year round).
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
I always like to choose a read-aloud book during the summer that’s good enough to read on your own but also fun to read with your children. This was one of the very first books I ever wrote about on Everyday Reading and it’s still one of my all-time favorites. I’ve been waiting for years to read this with my girls and I’m so thrilled that this is finally the year. It’s a perfect fantasy book. (Full review here)
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
I love reading something that’s going to be made into a movie and one that you can read and watch with your children over the summer? Extra bonus! Ella read this series last year and LOVED it (you can read her review here), so I’m excited to finally discover it for myself.
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
I got The Giver of Stars in my Book of the Month Club subscription and have heard nothing but raves about it. It follows five women during the Depression who are part of the delivery system for Eleanor Roosevelt’s traveling library program. I mean. . . .how could I resist? (Please be good).
The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson
As my children head back to school, I like to pick a book about education or learning and this one has RAVE reviews from my dear friend and parenting expert Ralphie of Simply on Purpose. I cannot WAIT to dive into this one.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
When I put together a list of spooky books for grown-ups to read, I also listed some on my “to-read” list and this is one I’ve been meaning to read for literally twenty years. So excited to finally dive in this year!
Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach
November feels like right time to read a food book and this is one of my favorites – it’s so inspiring, funny, and useful. Plus, her recipes are so good. (Full review here)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
It’s not OVERLY Christmasy but it FEELS Christmasy to me and after seeing the new movie, I can’t wait to revisit the book. Whether you’re a first-timer to the world of the March sisters or revisiting it, I hope you’ll join me in reading this one!
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Let me know if you’ll be following along with the Everyday Reading Book Club – I’d love to hear what you think of this year’s picks!
Great list! Almost all of them are books I have been wanting to read. I’m also currently reading Little Women and love it! And I read the Tattooist of Auschwitz in November and it was so good/sad and was such a great book to discuss with my book club because it lead to some real in-depth discussions of human behavior.
Paige Cassandra Flamm says
I’m excited about a bunch of these! I added a few of them to my reading list for the year! Can’t wait to dive into 168 Hours soon!
Wondering if this list could be published before Christmas next year? I’d love to gift the books to some family as a Christmas gift and then we all read along all year long?
Janssen Bradshaw says
It’s a good idea! I’ll do my best to make that happen.
What a great list! The only 2 I’ve read are Attachments and Little Women, but I’m definitely willing to re-read both!
I just read Little Women for the first time. What did you think of the movie??
The Tattooist of Auschwitz was SO good and heart breaking and I really liked it! If you can, listen to the audiobook, the narrator is great (it’s Mr. Thornton if you are a North & South fan)!
Kelly E says
I’m excited to join your money book club. I’ve been wanting to read more. I used to read so much as a child and teen. Finally finishing nursing school gives me the free time to read for pleasure again. Do you have a printable list for this?
I’m SO excited about these books! The Goose Girl was the first book I ever read by Shannon Hale and I LOVED it! All the others sound fabulous…some are already on my to-read list! Hooray for good books!
Did you change the March book? I got Attachments and now I don’t see it on the list?
Janssen Bradshaw says
Yes, I changed it about a month ago! (But Attachments is still a really fun read).