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Our Favorite Books of 2020

Dec 09, 2020 | Books

Perhaps unsurprisingly, our staff read hundreds of books over the course of the year: some good, some great, and some that made it onto our personal lists of all-time favorites. For your reading pleasure, we’ve compiled our staff’s picks for the best books of the year, for readers of all ages!

To place a hold on a book, simply click the title below, and be sure to let us know what books you loved the most this year!

** denotes a title being selected by more than one staff member. 

Our Favorite Adult Fiction

All Adults Here by Emma Straub
Anxious People ** by Frederick Backman
Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
The Chain by Adrian McKinty
Dutch House ** by Ann Patchett
The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
The Glass Hotel **by Emily St. John Mandel
He Started It by Samantha Downing
The Last Train To Key West by Chanel Cleeton
The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin
Make Russia Great Again by Christopher Buckley
Masked Prey by John Sandford
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Monogamy by Sue Miller
My Dark Vanessa ** by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
The Searcher by Tana French
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Such a Fun Age ** by Kiley Reid
Three Hours in Paris by Cara Black
Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith
The Vanishing Half ** by Brit Bennett
The Widows by Jess Montgomery

Our Favorite Adult Nonfiction

A Promised Land ** by Barack Obama
Blowout : corrupted democracy, rogue state Russia, and the richest, most destructive industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow
Eleanor ** by David Michaelis
Galileo and the Science Deniers by Mario Livio
Henry VIII And The Men Who Made Him by Tracy Borman
His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by John Meacham
The House of Kennedy by James Patterson
Humans ** by Brandon Stanton
Meghan and Harry: The Real Story by Lady Colin Campbell
Nothing General About It by Maurice Benard
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Our Favorite Children’s Books

A Home For Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor
All Because You Matter by Tami Charles
Blackbird Girls ** by Anne Blankman
Class Act by Jerry Craft
The Cool Bean by Jory John
Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk
Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina
Go With The Flow by Lily Williams
The List of Things That Will Not Change ** by Rebecca Stead
Nacho’s Nachos: The Story Behind The World’s Favorite Snack by Sandra Nickel
Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson

Our Favorite Young Adult Books

Clap When You Land ** by Elizabeth Acevedo
Grown ** by Tiffany D. Jackson
I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Barnes
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You ** by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi