Great literature has been a bright spot in this challenging year, with an impressive slate of new releases offering thought-provoking perspectives, meticulously researched information, and much-needed entertainment.
We asked I Love Libraries readers and the American Library Association’s social media followers to share their favorite books from 2020. Responses included fiction and non-fiction titles for kids, teens, and adults, with promising debut authors mixed in with longtime favorites.
Here are the 10 books readers mentioned most often:
Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman
Cow Boy Is NOT a Cowboy, by Greg Barrington
The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
Plain Bad Heroines, by Emily M. Danforth
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, by Grady Hendrix
The House in the Cerulean Sea, by T.J. Klune
Watch Over Me, by Nina LaCour
Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell
All the Devils Are Here, by Louise Penny
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
For more great books for you and your loved ones, check out this round-up of librarians’ recommendations.