Our Book Blog has been online for 8 months now – we hope you are enjoying it and have checked out a few of the selections. Today’s blog will be a “2020 Review” highlighting the Book Blog Books that have won awards from different organizations.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley was voted the #1 Best Mystery & Thriller in the Goodreads Choice Awards. (Votes are cast by actual readers and it had more than twice as many votes as the 2nd place mystery book.) The Searcher by Tana French earned 6th place in the same category and also made Library Journal’s best of 2020 Crime Fiction list. The Bookpage Editors chose The Distant Dead by Heather Young as their 3rd place Mystery/Suspense book.
In the Historical Fiction category, Goodreads voters gave The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd, a 3rd place nod. 4th place went to The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel.
Goodreads gave Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, 2nd place in the Fiction category. (It only missed earning 1st place by 6 votes!) USA Today chose it as one of the books that helped us get through 2020 – the editor said she finished it with a hug, a smile and tears in her eyes. (Anxious People was my favorite novel for this year.💕)
Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker finished in 6th place for Non-Fiction with the Goodreads voters. The Amazon Editors also placed it in their “Top 20” for the year and Library Journal and Time Magazine’s Editors included it on their lists as well. The Washington Post put Hidden Valley Road on its “10 Best Books of 2020” list.
History and Biography award winners also appeared in our Book Blog. Countdown 1945 by Chris Wallace and Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Crazy Horse made the Goodreads top 20 in this category.
Not everyone enjoys the same type of reading material, but it’s always fun to see which books others think belong in their “Best of Year” lists. I loved many books that didn’t make these lists at all, and you probably did too. 2020 was NOT a great year due to the pandemic, but at least we did have some great books that helped with the quarantine time!
Come in and check one or two of them out if you haven’t read them yet! We have a special table just for Book Blog selections – so you don’t even have to search the shelves for them!