Archive for December, 2020

Staff Favorite Books 2020

Each December, we poll the staff to find out what they enjoyed reading over the past year. And, though 2020 was tough, it seems we still found time to read, even if it was to reread some of our old favorites (there’s nothing wrong with a few “comfort food” reads!). Here’s what the staff chose as their favorites for this crazy year:



Published in 2020:

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins (Grace)
Battle Ground – Jim Butcher (Jason and Erica)
Brother’s Keeper – Julie Lee (Melanie)
Christmas Cupcake Murder– Joanne Fluke (Kathleen)
Coconut Layer Cake Murder – Joanne Fluke (Kathleen)
A Divided Loyalty – Charles Todd (Jennifer)
Don’t Burn This Book – Dave Rubin (James)
Into the Fire – Gregg Hurwitz (Jennifer)
Mañanaland – Pam Muñoz Ryan (Melanie)
The Old Truck – Jarrett Pumphrey (Kasi)
The Oldest Student – Rita Lorraine Hubbard (Kasi)
The One and Only Bob – Katherine Applegate (Erica)
Peace Talks – Jim Butcher (Jason)
The Prince’s Servant – Dani Dracogal (Dani)
Promised – Leah Garriott (Justine)
Race to the Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse (Melanie)
Rhythm of War – Brandon Sanderson (Jason)
This Is How You Lose the Time War – Amal El Motar and Max Gladstone (Jennifer)
Wintersteel – Will Wight (Jason)
You Brought Me the Ocean – Alex Sanchez (Macey)
You Matter – Christian Robinson (Kasi)

Favorite Older Books:

The Book Woman of Troublesome CreekKim Michele Richardson (Justine)
A Cry in the Night – Mary Higgins Clark (Abbi)
Divergent – Veronica Roth (Grace)
Firefly Lane – Kristin Hannah (Justine)
Fountains of Silence – Ruta Sepetys (Abbi)
It Began with a Page – Kyo Maclear (Melanie)
Jerusalem’s Queen – Angela Hunt (Grace)
Judah’s Wife – Angela Hunt (Grace)
The Marvels – Brian Selznick (Macey)
Pokko and the Drum – Matthew Forsyth (Kasi)
Promise of Blood – Brian McClellan (James)
Renegades – Marissa Meyer (Erica)
That Boy – Jillian Dodd (Abbi)
12 Rules For Life – Jordan Peterson (James)
Wealth, Poverty & Politics – Thomas Sowell (James)
The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin (Macey)
The Way I Heard It – Mike Rowe (Justine and Erica)