Top 10 Books of 2020

Top 10 Lists for 2020 are filling up our social media feeds this season with everything from hit music and flicks to the Best and Worst. We’ve gone a more literary route, with Top 10 Books chosen by four very different sources: BookNet Canada, People magazine, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Not-so-surprising is the diversity of choice! Few lists feature the same books, there’s very little crossover. Top books for readers of People magazine differ widely from the top books in the Wall Street Journal, and they’re different again in Canada. The exceptions: Robert Kolker’s Hidden Valley Road, and Writers & Lovers by Lily King, both of which appear in more than one–quite a feat!

People Magazine

1. Hidden Valley Road, by Robert Kolker
2. Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell
3. A Promised Land, by Barack Obama
4. What Are You Going Through, by Sigrid Nunez
5. Notes on a Silencing, by Lacy Crawford
6. Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson
7. Writers & Lovers, by Lily King
8. Monogamy, by Sue Miller
9. The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
10. The Lying Life of Adults, by Elena Ferrante

The Wall Street Journal

Abe, by David S. Reynolds
Actress, by Anne Enright
A Dominant Character, by Samanth Subramanian
Hidden Valley Road, by Robert Kolker
Impostures, by al-Harīrī, translated by Michael Cooperson
Missionaries, by Phil Klay
Owls of the Eastern Ice, by Jonathan C. Slaght
1774, by Mary Beth Norton
Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi
What It Means to Be Human, by O. Carter Snead

The LA Times

Deacon King Kong, by James McBride
Leave the World Behind, by Rumaan Alam
Luster, by Raven Leilani
Memorial, by Bryan Washington
Memorial Drive, by Natasha Trethaway
Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke
Shuggie Bain, by Douglas Stuart
Want, by Lynn Steger Strong
Weather, by Jenny Offill
Writers & Lovers, by Lily King

BookNet Canada (Canadian Fiction Only)

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
All the Devils Are Here, by Louise Penny
The Forgotten Home Child, by Genevieve Graham
The End of Her, by Shari Lapena
Woman on the Edge, by Samantha M. Bailey
The Glass Hotel, by Emily St. John Mandel
Recipe for a Perfect Wife, by Karma Brown
The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood
The Jane Austen Society, by Natalie Jenner
The Woman Before Wallis, by Bryn Turnbull

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