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My Personal Best of 2020

I read a lot of books this year! Hey, it was 2020, what else was there to do to escape the world?  Many I liked, a few were just OK, several I decided not to finish, and some made their way into my heart and mind and stayed there. Below is the list of those favorite books that I read this year.  They were not all published in 2020, just read. 

                                                           

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.  I did not want to read this book. It was super popular in 2019, and usually books that are super popular are disappointing.  BUT I loved this book! The writing was so beautifully descriptive.

 

  1. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. A couple of my co-workers recommended this book to me. It was a Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mack-esque story of a band that shot to super stardom. We also read of their triumphs and the pitfalls of fame.  Hint:  Listen to Fleetwood Mac's Rumors while you read this one.  

 

  1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I loved this book so much-I got an education reading it. It is an amazing work of historical fiction, told through the generations of two half-sisters. READ THIS BOOK. 

 

  1. Catch and Kill: lies, spies a conspiracy to protect predators by Ronan Farrow. This is a gut-wrenching, anger-provoking story of high-profile men sexually assaulting women (Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, etc.) and the media's complicity in NOT telling the stories.  After you read the book listen to the Catch and Kill podcast for interviews and more information.   

 

  1. The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali. A brilliant and heartwarming story of love found and lost and the complications of family in the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.    

                                                  

  1. Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson. The cover of this book is so good! How could I not read it. A funny and quirky story involving a two college friends and the spontaneously combusting children of a senator. 

 

  1. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. The story of several Black boys sent to a Florida “reform” school in Jim Crow-era Florida.  Based on true events from the Dozier Reform School. Pulitzer Prize Winner.  

 

  1. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. A touching story of a Jamaican British woman traversing life in London. Queenie makes many questionable decisions while trying to deal with never feeling like she is not enough. Great dive into dealing with mental health issues as well. 

 

  1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. A bookstore owner who is grieving widow has a surprise show up in his shop one day that changes him and his life forever. Tender and satisfying!  

 

  1. Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff. I love monsters and aliens, but not straight up Sci-fi, and I don’t like anything too gory. This book was the perfect balance of great story, great characters, and great monsters. It also deals with real-life issues. Read the book and then watch the HBO series.  

 

  1. Devoted by Dean Koontz.  Ever since I read Watchers, I have been waiting for another story about Koontz’ genetically altered/enhanced? golden retrievers. Although this is not a sequel, it follows well with Watchers. This is a Koontz book, so the bad guy is really, REALLY bad.  If you love your pups and a good thriller, you might want to try this one.  

 

I am looking forward to reading many more great books in 2021!