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Bennett Martin Public Library Staff — Favorite Reads of 2020

As we neared the end of the unforgettable, unpredictable year “2020,” filled with face masks, social distancing, and lots of folks both working or being educated from home, Garren H., one of the librarians at the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, polled his co-workers to find out what everyone’s Top 5 Favorite Reads of 2020 were. Responses could be in the form of new materials, older works, adult, YA or kids’ books. He got back several lists, from all areas of the downtown library, ranging from shelvers to administrators. Here are the results.

Occasionally, a response included more than just 5, but we were flexible. Also, there were a couple of titles not currently in the libraries’ collection. For those we do own, click the hot-linked titles to check on current availability and to place holds!

The following four titles showed up on multiple “favorite reads” list:

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (on 4 lists)
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (on 3 lists)
Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson (on 2 lists)
Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey (on 2 lists)

 


Ali

So You Want to Talk About Race?
by Ijeoma Oluo (305.8 AfrYo)


Before the Ever After
by Jacqueline Woodson (j Woodson)


My Sister, the Serial Killer
by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Braithwaite)


All My Mother’s Lovers
by Ilana Masad (Masad)


Clap When You Land
by Elizabeth Acevedo (YA Acevedo)


Almost American Girl
by Robin Ha (YA Biography Ha)


Fighting Words
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (j Bradley)



Cait

Spinning Silver
by Naomi Novik (Novik)


Red, White & Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston (McQuiston)


Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo (YA Bardugo)


Gideon the Ninth
by Tamsyn Muir (Muir)


Girls of Paper and Fire
by Natasha Ngan (YA Ngan)



Carrie K.

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Stories
by Dolly Parton (Music 781.642 Parton)


This is Your Time
by Ruby Bridges (j Biography Bridges)


Before the Ever After
by Jacqueline Woodson (j Woodson)


Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story
by S.D. Nelson (j Biograpy Waheenee)


Wonder at the Edge of the World
by Nicole Helget (j Helget)


See Carrie K.’s Reviewer Profile and past reviews on BookGuide’s Staff Recommendations pages.



Carrie R.

Holiday cocktails: the Best Nogs, Punches, Sparklers and Mixed Drinks for Every Festive Occasion
by Nick Mautone (641.74 Mau)


Monsters of the Week: The Complete Critical Companion to the X-Files
by Zack Handlen (791.457 XFiYh)


Booze Cakes: Confections Spiked with Spirits, Wine, and Beer
by Krystina Castella (641.865 Cas)


Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen
by Serena Valentino (YA Valentino)


Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-Off Meals Straight From the Oven: Plus Breakfasts, Desserts, and Snacks, Too!
by Molly Gilbert (641.7 Gil)


See Carrie R.’s Reviewer Profile and past reviews on BookGuide’s Staff Recommendations pages.



Garren

The Luminous Dead
by Caitlin Starling (Starling)


Plain Bad Heroines
by emily m. danforth (Danforth)


Gideon the Ninth
by Tamsyn Muir (Muir)


Empress of Forever
by Max Gladstone (Gladstone)


Beetle & The Hollowbones
by Aliza Layne [j Layne]

See Garren H.’s Reviewer Profile and past reviews on BookGuide’s Staff Recommendations pages.



Jen

The Book of Lost Friends
by Lisa Wingate (Wingate)


Silver Sparrow
by Tayari Jones (Jones)


Red, White & Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston (McQuiston)


The Evening and the Morning
by Ken Follett (Follett)


Memorial Drive
by Natasha Trethewey (Biography Trethewey)



Katie

Hidden Valley Road
by Robert Kolker (616.898 Kol)


Memorial Drive
by Natasha Trethewey (Biography Trethewey)


Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House
by Michael S. Smith (975.3 Smi)


The Vanishing Half
by Brit Bennett (Bennett)


The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are
by Libby Copeland (929.1 Cop)



Kim

Les Miserables
by Victor Hugo (Hugo)


The Voyageur
by Grace Lee Nute (917.1 Nut)


Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
by Erik Larson (976.413 Lar)


Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog’s Big Journey
by Dion Leonard (Biography Leonard)


100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas: Where to go, When to go, What to see, What to Do
by Joseph Yogerst (917.3 Yog)


See Kim J.’s Reviewer Profile and past reviews on BookGuide’s Staff Recommendations pages.



[anonymous]

Cemetery Boys
by Aiden Thomas (YA Thomas)


Red, White & Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston (McQuiston)


Wilder Girls
by Rory Power (YA Power)


Gideon the Ninth
by Tamsyn Muir (Muir)


This is How You Lose the Time War
by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (El-Mohtar)


Softies: Stuff That Happens After the World Blows Up
by Kyle Smeallie (jPB Series (Smeallie))



Laura

The Water Dancer
by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Coates)


Forty Rooms
by Olga Grushin (Grushin)


Lights All Night Long
by Lydia Fitzpatrick (Fitzpatrick)


Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing
by Anya Von Bremzen (Biography Von Bremzen)


Kitchens of the Gret Midwest: A Novel
by J. Ryan Stradal (Stradal)



Maddie

Intimations: Six Essays
by Zadie Smith (824 Smi)


Supper Club
by Lara Williams (Not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection)


Luster
by Raven Leilani (Leilani)


On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong (Vuong)


The Red Parts
by Maggie Nelson (Hoopla E-audiobook only)



Pat

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life
by Louis Aronson (362.6 Aro)


The Night Watchman
by Louise Erdrich (Erdrich)


Thick
by Tressie McMillan Cottom (Biography Cottom)


Dominicana
by Angie Cruz (Cruz)


Lanny
by Max Porter (Porter)


See Pat L.’s Reviewer Profile and past reviews on BookGuide’s Staff Recommendations pages.



Rio

Emerald Blaze
by Ilona Andrews (E-book and E-audiobook formats only)


Red, White & Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston (McQuiston)


Full Disclosure
by Camryn Garrett (YA Garrett)


Pathfinder’s Way
by T.A. White (Hoopla E-audiobook only)


Hands Down
by Mariana Zapata (Not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection)


See Rio B.’s Reviewer Profile and past reviews on BookGuide’s Staff Recommendations pages.



Scott C.

Humans
by Brandon Stanton (779.12 Sta)


The Thursday Murder Club
by Richard Osman (Osman)


Two Steps Forward
by Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist (only available from the libraries as an audiobook – Compact Disc Simsion)


They Called Us Enemy
by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, with art by Harmony Becker (YA PB (Graphic Novel) Takei)


Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight
by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm (629.454 Fet)


Superman Smashes the Klan
by Gene Luen Yang (YA PB (Graphic Novel) Yang)


This Tender Land
by William Kent Krueger (Krueger)


See Scott C.’s Reviewer Profile and past reviews on BookGuide’s Staff Recommendations pages.



Traci

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio
by Derf Beckderf (YA 741.5 Der)


Pulp
by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (741.5 Bru)


Billionaire Island
by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh (741.5 Rus)


Y the Last Man
by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra (741.5 Vau)


Room to Dream
by David Lynch and Kristine McKenna (Biography Lynch)



LeeAnn

Evicted
by Matthew Desmond (339.46 Des)


Nothing to See Here
by Kevin Wilson (Wilson)


Good Morning, Midnight
by Lily Brooks-Dalton (Brooks-Dalton)


Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life
by Ali Wong (Biography Wong)


All American Boys
by Jason Reynolds (YA Reynolds)


As You Wish: Inconceivable tales from the making of the Princess Bride
by Cary Elwes (791.437 PriYe)



Charlotte

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream
by Joshua Davis (629.892 Dav)


Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
by Ronan Farrow (331.4 Far)


Papa, Do You Love Me?
by Barbara Joosse (jP Joosse)


Granby Knitting Stores: A 4-in-1 Book
by Amy Lane (Hoopla E-book)


The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
by Slavomir Rawicz (940.547 Raw)


See Charlotte M.’s Reviewer Profile and past reviews on BookGuide’s Staff Recommendations pages.



This list originally compiled in Dec 2020 GH | Formatted and shared on BookGuide in Dec 2020 sdc | Last updated Jan 2021 sdc