Looking for your next book as the end of the year arrives? The staff at the Boston Public Library have you covered with a list of their favorite reads of 2020.
The recommendations span across fiction and nonfiction and even include a few young adult titles. Most of the books among the 15 titles were published in 2020, but a few reads are from years past — and even from fast-approaching 2021.
For the recommendations released by the library, staff members included a short description of why the book topped their list of best reads of 2020.
Below, the 15 books they can’t recommend highly enough.
- “Once Upon a River” by Bonnie Jo Campbell (2011)
- “Crackling Mountain and Other Stories” by Osamu Dazai (2012)
- “All Systems Red” by Martha Wells (2017)
- “Severance” by Ling Ma (2018)
- “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia Butler (2020)
- “The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water” by Zen Cho (2020)
- “The Searcher” by Tana French (2020)
- “Harrow the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir (2020)
- “The Lost Future of Pepperharrow” by Natasha Pulley (2020)
- “How Beautiful We Were” by Imbolo Mbue (2021)
- “The Only Black Girls in Town” by Brandy Colbert (2020)
- “You Should See Me in a Crown” by Leah Johnson (2020)
- “Return of the Thief” by Megan Whalen Turner (2020)
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