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The Best Books of 2020: Book Lovers & Enthusiasts Share the Books They Read in 2020

It goes without saying that we had plenty of time to read in 2020 with the coronavirus pandemic keeping us home more. Here are 30 books that avid readers and book lovers read in 2020. What was your favorite book?

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How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi $14
Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate $14
Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals – in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country – Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.
The Girl With Seven Names: Escape From North Korea by Hyeonseo Lee
The Girl With Seven Names: Escape From North Korea by Hyeonseo Lee $12
An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle $13
Perfect for fans of "Me Before You" and "One Day," a striking, powerful and moving love story following an ambitious lawyer who experiences an astonishing vision that could change her life forever. Where do you see yourself in five years?
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo $10
In "So You Want to Talk About Race," Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens $11
"Where the Crawdads Sing" is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah $14
In Kristin Hannah’s "The Great Alone," a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.
Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera
Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera $16
For readers of Delia Owens’ "Where the Crawdads Sing" and Sue Monk Kidd’s "The Secret Life of Bees," this extraordinary historical debut novel follows three fierce Southern women in an unforgettable story of motherhood and womanhood.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman $14
From the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of "A Man Called Ove" comes a charming, poignant novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.
Grown Ups by Marian Keyes
Grown Ups by Marian Keyes $23
A book from the No. 1 bestselling author of "The Break" and "The Woman Who Stole My Life."
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert $14
In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker — a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni $12
Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni’s coming-of-age story is, according to Booklist, “a novel that, if it doesn’t cross entirely over into John Irving territory, certainly nestles in close to the border.”
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan $15
Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the USA Today and No. 1 Amazon Charts bestseller "Beneath a Scarlet Sky" is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes $14
Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, "The Giver of Stars" is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic -- a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger $11
The unforgettable story of four orphans who travel the Mississippi River on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression.
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi $12
The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread and deeply rooted in American society.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Untamed by Glennon Doyle $16
In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, bestselling author and “patron saint of female empowerment” (People) explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.
The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate $14
Bestselling author Lisa Wingate brings to life startling stories from actual “Lost Friends” advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as newly freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold away.
True Colors by Kristin Hannah
True Colors by Kristin Hannah $10
Women across America laughed, cried, and reconnected with their friends after reading Kristin Hannah's smash hit, "Firefly Lane." Now, in "True Colors," she explores the poignant, powerful, complex world of sisters.
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid $15
From the acclaimed author of "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" and "After I Do" comes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold — with stunningly different results.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles $11
From the New York Times bestselling author of "Rules of Civility," a novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel — a beautifully transporting novel.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern $13
Two star-crossed magicians engage in a deadly game of cunning in "The Night Circus," the spellbinding New York Times best seller that has captured the world's imagination.
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
News of the World by Paulette Jiles $13
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of "Enemy Women" that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor and trust.
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd $14
An extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from the celebrated No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of "The Secret Life of Bees" and "The Invention of Wings."
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi $10
Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle and sold into slavery.
Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller
Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller $16
Universally acclaimed, rapturously reviewed, and an instant New York Times bestseller, Chanel Miller's breathtaking memoir "gives readers the privilege of knowing her not just as Emily Doe, but as Chanel Miller the writer, the artist, the survivor, the fighter." (The Wrap)
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett $20
As with her New York Times-bestselling debut "The Mothers," Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi $13
With five starred reviews, Tomi Adeyemi’s West African-inspired fantasy debut, and instant No. 1 New York Times Bestseller, conjures a world of magic and danger, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi $8
After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.
The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke
The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke $11
Men had built cities before, but never such a city as Diaspar; for millennia its protective dome shutout the creeping decay and danger of the world outside. Once, it held powers that rules the stars. But then, as legend had it, The invaders came, driving humanity into this last refuge. It takes one man, A Unique to break through Diaspar’s stifling inertia, to smash the legend and discover the true nature of the Invaders.

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Donna John
So many great options here! Going to order one from this list when I finish the book I'm reading now. Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead Renee Herren Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Wow, fantastic choices. I'm still working on some from last year. Almost done with The Handmaid's Tale, finally. Finished Firefly Lane (bawled my eyes out). I'm looking forward to starting Untamed next! Donna John Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead Renee Herren

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