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Library Lovers Share Their Favorite Books of 2020

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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.

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