Best Books 2020: Worst Year, Best Books


Illustration by Marcin Wolski



These 144 titles across 15 categories will help get libraries and readers through to better days

In a year that many would call one of the worst in recent memory, we were still rewarded with lots of great books. The LJ Best Books of 2020 feature themes of surviving loss, reckoning with class and caste, loving freely, rewriting history, exploring new worlds, busting the gender binary, seeking justice, preserving nature, and finding one’s way in the world. Comfort reads mix with fresh new perspectives in this selection of outstanding titles published in 2020.





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