Bookworm: The best books of 2020 | Lifestyles
You have a little more time this month and you don’t want to waste it.
You want to read something good, the possibilities are endless and the best place to start is with these 2020 best books titles.
“Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman starts in a weird way, as if it consists of half-thoughts. If you flip a few more pages, you will be rewarded with a fun, cute, wild story about a robbed bank, an open house to real estate, and a heart. Put this at the top of your list if you love novels.
Both “Beheld” by TaraShea Nesbit and “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by VE Schwab involve women in dark and dangerous situations: In the Nesbit book, a pilgrim village holds secrets that are not discussed, and the woman of the city knows troublemakers too much. In the Schwab novel, a headstrong young woman makes a decision that she could regret for the rest of her very long life. There’s a touch of feminism in both books, and both of them leave you shivering for months after you’ve finished them.
Thriller fans will eat up Julie Clark’s “The Last Flight,” a story of an abusive husband, exchanged identities, and murder – or maybe not. If you like heart-pounding cat-and-mouse stories, this is your book … only here sometimes you don’t know which cat it is, and there is an additional, menacing mouse.
A comprehensive tolerance experiment is at the heart of “Under the Rainbow” by Celia Laskey. Acceptance Across America, an LGBTQ organization, is examining whether it can change the hearts and minds of bigots in small town America by bringing a handful of gay men and lesbians to Big Burr, Kansas. This novel, told from the POV of the city dwellers, is full of humor, love, secrets, haters, arguments, and anything else you want in a novel.
“How to Make an Astronaut: Everything You Need to Know Before Leaving Earth” by Terry Virts is fun and light-hearted and brings you back in touch with your inner child who really wanted to grow up to be an astronaut. It’s full of inside information, funnier facts, a little bit of memoir, and it’s timely. Space Force, anyone?
Animal lovers should definitely miss Jennifer Finney Boylan’s Good Boy, a life and family memory told in seven dogs Boylan lived with and loved. What this book puts on the list is that Boylan will remind you of all the good boys (and girls) you loved and lost too.
To speak of books that make you think, “We’re Better Than This: My Struggle for the Future of Our Democracy” by Elijah Cummings with James Dale is the perfect book to read at the end of a difficult political year. This book was literally written when Cummings was dying. It’s full of calming words that can help heal. If you’ve been feeling beaten up the past few months, this book is a balm for your soul.
While “The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memory of Friendship, Loyalty, and War” by John “Chick” Donohue & JT Molloy seems like a playground, it’s much more than that. Back when Donohue was a merchant seaman, he volunteered to bring a beer to each of the “boys” from the neighborhood in Vietnam. Finding her was half the problem; War was the other half. This is the consummate buddy book, and it can’t be overlooked.
Anyone who likes a good mother-and-child book will love Like Crazy: Living with My Mother and Her Invisible Friends by Dan Mathews, who renovated a Victorian house and moved his mentally ill elderly mother in. She’s charming and funny, but she’s a handful too. Read it. Bring handkerchiefs. Enough said.
Readers shouldn’t be surprised that two of this year’s Best of Books were written by Nic Stone. First, “Clean Getaway” is the story of a boy whose grandmother takes him on a cross-country ski tour of places that mattered to her – but there is more than one “tour” in this great middle-class novel. Then older teenagers will love Stones “Dear Justyce,” a story told in letters from a young man in prison to his friend who has chosen a different path in life.
Finally, 8 to 12 year olds will love Amy Timberlake’s Skunk and Badger with pictures by Jon Klassen. It is the story of Badger, an introvert, who enables Skunk, a definitely open-minded soul, to move into his quiet house to do Badger’s Aunt Lula a favor. Kids will love the humor in this book as the two learn to adapt to each other’s peccadillos and become friends. Tip: you will love it too.
And there you have it: a dozen baker’s readings that you can’t miss will get you through the winter. Season readings!