A Special Report for Book Lovers
Lots of book reviewers take time in December to share a list of their favorite books of the year. Ron Charles, whose Book Club appears in the Washington Post, gave a COVID-18 twist to this concept. In spite of the fact that libraries were closed due to the pandemic, Ron Charles tells us that the popularity of digital borrowing via OverDrive was up 30% in 2020. He then lists the 10 most popular e-books at public libraries nationwide.
I am surprised to note that half the books he mentions are books I have reviewed on my book blog. Here is his list. If I reviewed that book, you will also find a link to my review and the brief synopsis I posted with it.
- Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
Kya, the so-called Marsh Girl, is abandoned by her family at the age of ten (10!) and left alone to negotiate life in the marsh. The natural world around her becomes her solace, best friend, and teacher.
- Becoming, by Michelle Obama
- Educated, by Tara Westover
Most read this as the story of a young woman leaving an abusive home life to make something of herself. Not me. I read it as the story of an abused woman who kept coming back for more “love” as she knew it at the hands of her abusers.
- Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng
Elena Richardson has four teenagers, two boys and two girls. Mia Warren has one teenager, Pearl. As neighbors, imagine all the relationships that can occur!
- The Giver of Stars, by Jojo Moyes
- White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo
- The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett
This is the story of Maeve and Danny Conroy, their wicked stepmother, and the mansion they all covet: The Dutch House.
- The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides
Alicia Berenson has a perfect life in London. She is a famous painter, and she is married to an equally famous photographer. One night, she kills him, shooting him five times in the face. Then, she goes silent, unable or unwilling to speak.
- The Guardians, by John Grisham
- Blue Moon, by Lee Child.
For avid readers, it’s always interesting to compare reading lists. How many of these ten popular books have your read? I’d love to know. Please leave a message below! If you want to share your favorite book of 2020, feel free to do that too!
Finally, if you LOVE my book reviews, you will LOVE my book, Love, Loss, and Moving On. It is available on Amazon as an eBook and as a paperback. Please have a look!