Power Picks: Best Books of 2020

Fun fact: the TPG team loves to read! We’re a group of bookworms and COVID quarantining has brought this out even more! Below is a list of our recommendations for books you must read next year, if you haven’t already.

Kortni’s pick: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
I read three of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novels this year; Daisy Jones and The Six, One True Loves and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. The latter was my favorite book of 2020, maybe even ever! This novel tells the story of Evelyn Hugeo, a fictional Old Hollywood star, who chooses to give her final interview ever to journalist Monique Grant. Monique and Evelyn form a unique bond as they walk through each of Evelyn’s seven husbands and her glamorous career.

Kelly’s pick: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone – Lori Gottlieb
One of my favorites reads of 2020! This novel delves into the point of view of a psychotherapist navigating her patients, as well as her own trials and tribulations she encounters throughout life. The book is charming, witty, moving and forces some self-discovery.

Sommer’s pick: Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
This book is 368 pages, and I finished it in two days – that’s how good it was! Where the Crawdads Sing is a coming-of-age story chronicling the journey of Kya, a young girl who grows up in the marshes of North Carolina. If you like crime, mystery, romance or drama, this is the book for you!

Julia’s pick: Little Secrets – Jennifer Hillier
Quarantine has brought out the bookworm in me. I’ve read 36 books so far! It is so difficult to choose a favorite, but one that I continue to recommend is Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier. This book kept me on my toes the entire time! Marin and Derek are the picture perfect couple until their son is kidnapped. A year later a revelation sets Marin on a new path as she continues to search for answers.

Kiara’s pick: Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
This was actually a re-read for me! The first time I read it was during college English class. I enjoyed it much more this time as a (real) adult and it moved me in ways it hadn’t previously. The story explores the life of a bi-racial woman in the early 20th century and how she found her sense of self in a world that wasn’t ready for her yet.

Brooke’s pick: The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
An American classic, The Bell Jar is an in-depth portrayal of the human psyche. It is a truly impactful novel that has stuck with me since I first read it when I was sixteen. Highly recommended!

Caroline’s pick: You are a Badass – Jen Sincero
In a time of uncertainty and confusion after graduating in May, I sought inspirational and self-help books to help get me out of a funk. You are a Badass is by far one of my favorite reads from the year. Sincero is a relatable and witty success coach who shares stories, advice and practical steps to “stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life.”

Shelby’s pick: Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis
In the midst of trying times, Hollis’ motivational advice pushed me to continue moving forward. Though some of the messages may be hard to swallow, her words sound like those of a dear friend. We all need the reminder to live our lives with passion and hustle while giving ourselves grace at every turn!

Amy’s pick: You Look Like A Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and How it’s Making the World a Weirder Place – Janelle Shane
I’m just starting to turn the pages of this book. If you are curious about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is impacting our daily lives, this is the book for you. Plus, it’s not too heavy and full of some laughs, which we could all use right now as we close out 2020.

Jennifer’s pick: Rich People Problems – Kevin Kwan
This is the third of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, and I must say I would recommend all three to anyone looking for a feel good, easy read. I literally read this book in one weekend because it was such a page turner and full of can’t-get-enough drama. What is truly fascinating is that while the characters are fictional, the life of luxury and excess that they live is absolutely true – inspired by Kwan’s trip to Asia and witnessing the high society lifestyle. I can also confidently say these books are better than the movie, by far!