Beth’s 2020 Top 10

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam is a quietly suspenseful novel, which is eerily related to current times.
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi outlines the myriad of cultural constructs that we all need to assess within ourselves to build a more just society.
The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline tells the fictional historic account of women forced to colonize Australia.
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson is the historic fictional account of the WPA program in Appalachia.
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett tells the story of one family and the house that raised them.
Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age is a coming of age story with a thought-provoking message of race and the roles people take on.
The Silent Patient is the psychological thriller of an artist turned murder, whos trauma sentences her to a life of silence.
Delia Owen’s Where the CrawDads Sing tells the triumphant story of woman forced to make her own way in the marshlands.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is an intimate letter to his son sharing his personal lived experience as an African American raised in the United States.
Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld is a fictitious twist on the life of Hillary Clinton.

Sara’s Top 10 of 2020

Time for another Top 10 already! Looking back, it seems like I mostly read mystery and thrillers this year. Hope you enjoy some of the ones on my list!

Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella

I haven’t quite finished this one yet, but I can tell it will be a favorite. A young girl attends Harvard, hoping to get closure about the death of her brother who committed suicide there last year.

Redemption Point by Candace Fox

The second book in the Crimson Lake series which follows the paths of two outcasts and alleged criminals who pursue redemption by helping others solve crimes.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Another second book in a series which rivals the first one. Magic returns to the land of Orisha after being brutally banned for decades, but is it really a victory when you take your country to the edge of civil war?

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon

Deep down, how well can any father really know how his teenage son feels, what he’s up to, and how far he will go if pushed?

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Ghosts, mystery, romance, missing persons- what more could you want in a book?

A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight

I really enjoyed this story about a young lawyer in a lonely marriage who agrees to help a friend get out of prison, only to find his case affects her more than she could ever imagine.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

A deadly wedding ceremony on an isolated island in the middle of a terrible storm. What could possibly happen?

All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny

One of my favorite Gamache books so far with lovely twist- the whole thing is set in Paris.

The Searcher by Tana French

Another great mystery that makes you want to go to Ireland immediately and see the lush countryside and the meet all the quirky people who live in the village.

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

I just finished this one- it was a page turner full of twists and turns, marriages, families, good-and of course, evil.

My Top 10 of 2020

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I enjoyed the following books in 2020 and hope you find something here for your reading pleasure.

The Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz

Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood

Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini

Mrs. Morhard and the Boys by Ruth Hanford Morhard

Of Mutts and Men by Spencer Quinn

The Operator by Gretchen Berg

The Paper Daughters of Chinatown by Heather B. Moore

The Queen’s Secret by Karen Harper

Where the Light Enters by Jill Biden

~ Emma