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Old 12-31-2020, 05:27 AM
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Please share one favorite book you read in 2020.
(Edited to Add-If you can’t keep it to one that’s okay, too.)


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Old 12-31-2020, 05:42 AM
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American Dirt
Dear Edward
The Girl with the Louding Voice

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Old 12-31-2020, 05:48 AM
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If you can’t keep it to one that’s okay, too.
Phew, I saw only the subject at first and knew I couldn’t limit it to just one (just like I can’t pick a favorite child). So my tip-top favorites of this terrible year, books that made me laugh an cry and think, are:
  • The Dakota Winters, Barbash
  • American Dirt, Cummins
  • The Dutch House, Patchett
  • Heavy, Laymon
  • Pachinko, Lee
  • The Vanishing Half, Bennett
  • Anxious People, Backman
  • Deacon King Kong, MacBride
  • Just Like You, Hornby
  • White Fragility, DiAngelo
  • Writers and Lovers, King
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Old 12-31-2020, 05:50 AM
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That's hard because so many of the books I read I get from suggestions right here! But I'm going to go with The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Fascinating story and I never knew about the family with that gene that made their skin bluish.
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Old 12-31-2020, 06:04 AM
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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. It won a Pulitzer Prize, and Barack Obama named it as one of his favorites.


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Old 12-31-2020, 06:08 AM
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I'm glad you liked Gilead. It's one of my all time favorites, and a book that should be reread from time to time, like now.
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Old 12-31-2020, 06:10 AM
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Mine was Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. It has really stuck with me, and I found it fascinating.
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Old 12-31-2020, 06:26 AM
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I kept most of my reading light this year.


I loved Jerry Seinfeld's Is This Anything? It was laugh out loud funny.
I liked Colin Quinn's Overstated but it wasn't as funny as The Coloring Book.



I really liked Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim.



I really liked Flatshare by Beth O'Leary I liked The Switch, also by Beth O'Leary.



I was fascinated by Polio, an American story by David Oshinsky.



I was inspired by Failing Up, by Leslie Odom, Jr.



I enjoyed rEvvie Drake Starts Over.
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Old 12-31-2020, 06:41 AM
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American Dirt
The Midnight Library
Catch and Kill
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Old 12-31-2020, 07:05 AM
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The Night Watchman - Louise Erdrich
Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese
The Snowman - Jo Nesbo
A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
Anxious People - Fredrick Backman (This was my MOST favorite)


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Old 12-31-2020, 07:07 AM
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The two that stand out are:

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Fresh Water for Flowers by Valerie Perrin

Both have excellent descriptive writing!
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Old 12-31-2020, 07:14 AM
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American Dirt
The Silent Patient
Hillbilly Elegy
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Old 12-31-2020, 07:14 AM
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liked Before We Were Yours
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Old 12-31-2020, 07:17 AM
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The Book of Longings - Sue Monk Kidd

What if Jesus had been married? Imagine the telling of Jesus' time from a woman's perspective.

The Library Book - Susan Olsen

A fantastic nonfiction account of the fire at the Los Angeles Public Library, and history of libraries in general, and arson investigations. *Interesting side notes: I discovered that anyone can get a Los Angeles Library Card with just a phone number and now I check out ebooks and audiobooks from there. Also, I first learned of the packhorse librarians from this book as well.


The Nickel Boys - Colson Whitehead

Warning - sad and upsetting, but so, so good. A story about a boys' home in Florida that is based upon a real place, where boys (mostly Black but also wayward poor whites) were housed, put to work, abused, and sometimes killed.
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Old 12-31-2020, 08:07 AM
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*Have You Seen Luis Velez- Ryan Hyde
*The Rent Collector- Wright
*This is How it Always is- Frankel
*American Dirt-Cummins
*Secrets of a Charmed Life- Meissner
*The Vanishing Half-Bennett
*The Henna Artist- Joshi
*The Yellow Crocus Trilogy- Ibrahim
*Deacon King Kong-McBride

I hope you add this to the Hooked on Books page. A few months of What Are You Reading threads are missing in your absence and I really enjoy looking back there.
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Old 12-31-2020, 08:13 AM
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Because there’s no such thing as just one...

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen and On The Bright Side, both by Hendrik Groen
Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams (pretty much all her books)
Beyond the Moon by Catherine Taylor
Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar
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Old 12-31-2020, 08:31 AM
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Here are the books I read in 2020 that I rated with 5/5 stars on Goodreads:

The Book of Longings
The Vanishing Half
Night Road
Because of Mr. Terupt
Second Chance Summer
Ask Again Yes
Big Little Lies
Blended
After Anna
Child of a Dream: Memoir of 1963
The Wild Robot

My favorite of all of them is probably Ask Again Yes.
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Old 12-31-2020, 09:32 AM
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I read a lot of good books this year and the one that was the stand out best was Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese.
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Old 12-31-2020, 09:33 AM
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Great post.

The Comeback by Ella Berman
All the Wrong Places by Joy Fielding
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
Writers and Lovers by Lily King
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Many other ones are already listed.
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Some responses because I always want to talk about books
Old 12-31-2020, 09:42 AM
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tctrojan, What a coincidence! I just finished listening to The Wives on my walk this morning. All I could think at the end was: THIS WILL MAKE A GREAT MOVIE. And I’m so glad you liked Writers and Lovers.

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Originally Posted by bellringer
Anxious People - Fredrick Backman (This was my MOST favorite)
bellringer, I loved this book so much and am glad you wrote this because I chose it for my book club. I hope they love it, too.

And to everyone, I forgot a really excellent book:
The Splendid and the Vile, Larson

GreenBunny, Ragged Company isn’t listed at my city or county libraries, so I just bought it. Looks good.

trasie, huge thanks for this thread!

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Old 12-31-2020, 10:13 AM
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Are any of the books listed so far sci-fi? Esp. time travel? Or kinda' 'out-there'? I'm constantly searching for my next book but regular fiction about ordinary people isn't really my cup of tea, so I'm always searching, searching, searching.
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Old 12-31-2020, 10:20 AM
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The books I liked weren't necessarily published in 2020!

That said, I enjoyed

The Searcher by Tana French (mystery/suspense)

People of the Book by Gwendolyn Brooks (historical saga/a bit of a mystery)

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (fantasy, a bit of sci fi,, so you might like it, Youthcantknow)
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Old 12-31-2020, 10:27 AM
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Youthcantknow, I highly recommend the Chronicles of St. Mary's series by Jodi Taylor for the time travel genre! I've read them all!
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Old 12-31-2020, 10:33 AM
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Also good time travel author: Connie Willis
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Old 12-31-2020, 10:45 AM
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Hi annie_g. Good recommendation! Unfortunately, I think I've read all of the St. Mary's books, too - very entertaining and well-written. Maybe I should reread some of the older ones, since it's been a while.
Starr, I don't think I've read anything by Connie Willis, so thanks very much for the recommendation. I'll also check out Spinning Silver.
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Old 12-31-2020, 10:53 AM
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Connie Willis's best (and first) time travel book is Doomsday Book.

She mostly writes just regular sci-fi, but I've only read a few of those.
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Old 12-31-2020, 11:17 AM
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I normally wouldn't be able to pick just one, but for me, my favorite book of this year was The Henna Artist. It was really spectacular. Sadly, I wasn't super enthused about most of the books I read in 2020 (and I read 65 books according to Goodreads).
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Old 12-31-2020, 12:31 PM
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American Dirt
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Old 12-31-2020, 12:42 PM
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“Jesus & John Wayne” by Kristin Kobes DuMez.....this is the book I want to give to everyone I know. If you’ve ever wondered about the evangelical church’s influence on politics and government, this is the book.

“Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson.....read the book then watch the movie, very powerful.

“The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Richardson....a fascinating piece of American history I knew nothing about.
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Old 12-31-2020, 12:51 PM
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Lots of my favorite books have been listed above. If I had to choose, American dirt would probably top the list, along with The book of longings.

I have to add a few others:
Braiding sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

the overstory by Richard Powers

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

Girl Woman Other by Bernadine Evarista

The first Mrs Rothschild by Sara Aharoni

And I have to mention one of my favorite books ever, published a long time ago but still a dear old friend : The story of a seagull and the cat who taught her to fly by Luis Sepulveda.
Luis Sepulveda died in April 2020 from Covid 19
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Old 12-31-2020, 01:08 PM
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some of my favorite books:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (yes, old, i know--i hadn't read it--historical fiction is not my bag, but it met the requirement of "book made into a movie" for a challenge. i was pleasantly surprised!

The Library Book (again, not my genre, but about libraries--one in particular--and librarians over the years)

brain candy book: An Affair to Dismember (first in a series--a matchmaker--cozy mystery)--wasn't going to be too invested in it since i didn't want to start a series--and it was a little wonky and annoying in places, but the main character was so funny--i looked into getting the next book--OF COURSE my library system doesn't carry any of the others!

youthcantknow--a book i read that was sci fi and definitely not "normal people" was Every Heart a Doorway (no time travel)--but some "travel" is mentioned...it was a bit dark and creepy. it won (or was nominated for a Hugo award, so someone liked it)...i thought it was strange. apparently it was the first in a series--didn't realize that at the time. You might also check out the Strangelings Book Club by The Bloggess (Jenny Lawson)--she has lots of INTERESTING (fantasy, mystery....maybe some sci fi?) books on her list so far.
https://www.goodreads.com/genres/fan...ings-book-club
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Old 12-31-2020, 01:21 PM
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Thanks, tia.
And I may have to check out 'Jesus and John Wayne', too; thanks to PoohBear for the brief explanation.
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Old 12-31-2020, 01:27 PM
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This is a good thread - and it was so hard for me to choose. I went back through my Goodreads list and had a difficult time choosing, so I narrowed it down by category.
  • Fiction: How Much of These Hills is Gold, by C. Pam Zhang
    *Runner up (it's too hard to choose one!): Godshot, by Chelsea Bieker
  • Non-fiction: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present, by David Treuer
  • YA: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sánchez
  • Mystery: Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz
  • Middle Grade: Efrén Divided, by Ernesto Cisneros
  • Memoir: A Promised Land, by Barack Obama
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The Book of Lost Friends, Wingate
Uncle Tom's Cabin, Stowe
The Boys in the Boat, Brown
The Dutch House, Patchett (PT recommended--thanks!)
The Library Book, Olsen (PT recommended--thanks!)

These are the books I liked very much--only one is a recent release.
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Old 12-31-2020, 03:45 PM
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These weren’t published in 2020, but here are my favorite books that I read this year.
East of Eden- a reread and I just love it.
A Woman is No Man
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
An Anonymous Girl
The Silent Patient
Gone With the Wind
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Old 12-31-2020, 05:21 PM
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My very favorite book I read this year is Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd.
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Old 12-31-2020, 06:12 PM
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Some of my memorable reads this year:
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Brunt
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (this is the only one that I don't recommend unless it's someone whose tastes and tolerance I know well)
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Old 12-31-2020, 07:38 PM
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I think all of my favorites have already been mentioned.

Before We Were Yours

The Splendid and the Vile

Book Women of Troublesome Creek

American Dirt


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My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (this is the only one that I don't recommend unless it's someone whose tastes and tolerance I know well)
I completely agree with you Sbkangas5. But I have to admit the story really stayed with me.
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Old 01-01-2021, 07:45 PM
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I had a few favorites...

The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek (interesting history behind the story)

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

Dear Edward (very touching)

The Dutch House (read by Tom Hanks)

The Winemaker's Wife by Kristin Harmel

Children's Literature:
Goodbye, Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Strike Zone by Mike Lupica
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