• Clodagh Meaney

Our favourite 2020 book releases so far

Updated: Mar 28, 2020

By Clodagh Meaney

If, like me, you've found yourself with more time on your hands than you know what to do with, then this is the list for you.

Whether you're looking for something fresh or you've devoured your to be read pile and need new titles, stat, we've complied our favourite book releases of 2020 so far.

While you're unable to visit book stores right now, you can check in with your local independent book store to see if you can buy online.

At the moment, I'm using Kindle, Audible and my personal hero of 2020, BorrowBox.

The Herd by Andrea Bartz

Eleanor Walsh founded elite women's co-working space The Herd and has big aspirations for her beauty business, Gleam.

When she goes missing at the night of her big announcement, her best friends, sisters Katie and Hana must search for answers.

Think Pretty Little Liars meets Goop in this mystery!

The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart by Margarita Montimore

Oona Lockhart is 18 on New Years Eve 1982, and at the stroke of midnight when she's due to turn 19 at the beginning of 1983, she instead finds herself in 2017, in the body of her 51-year-old self.

Leaving behind her life, and her boyfriend Dale she finds herself living her life in non-consecutive order.

As she gets to grips with her new life, there's drugs, drag queens and a husband she's never met before.

Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

On the outside, the Caseys are a beautiful and talented family. But underneath it, things are more complicated. Not everyone gets along. When Ed's wife Cara gets a concussion she can't keep her thoughts or opinions to herself.

With just one careless remark at a birthday party, Cara can't control herself and begins to spill the families dark secrets.

Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth

35-year-old Jenny McLaine is an adult, apparently. She works for a cool magazine and even owns her own home.

However, things aren't going her way after boyfriend Art breaks her heart, best friend Kelly is trying to friend dump her, and to top it all off, she's addicted to Instagram.

Big Girl, Small Town by Michelle Gallen

Majella's da went missing during the troubles, and recently her grandmother was murdered.

Working in the local chipper, we follow 'jella during a week of her life as she pieces together the aftermath.

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

In 2000, a bright, ambitious yet naive15-year-old Vanessa Wye is groomed into having an affair with her 42-year-old English teacher Jacob Strane.

Fast-forward to 2017 as the #MeToo movement takes off and brings the stories of women to the forefront, Jacob is accused of sexual abuse by a former student.

As he reaches out to Vanessa she finds herself in a difficult position: should she defend her first love or is he not what she thought he was all along?

Followers by Megan Angelo

In 2015, budding writer Orla meets Floss - an up and coming It Gal. The pair come up with a plan to launch themselves into the lives and careers that they dream of.

Meanwhile, in 2051, government appointed celebrities livestream their entire lives. Marlow dreams of fleeing from her life of followers and spon-con and when she finds out her family history was a lie, she decides to risk it all and break free and search for the truth.

The story follows all three characters as their stories intertwine across decades.

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