2020 Best Books from Robbins & Fox Library Staff

Happy New Year!!!  Here are the Robbins & Fox Library librarians’ top books of 2020!


Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

Mexican Gothic by Silva Moreno-García

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyr Muir


Hex by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

Docile by K.M. Szpara

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

Ghost-Spider by Seanan McGuire

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson


My favorite book of 2020 was The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. Fans of her book Station Eleven might be put off by the fact that it’s about a Ponzi scheme, which sounds boring, but I assure you that this book is really about people and it is compelling and beautifully written.

My other favorites from this year are:
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
Beach Read by Emily Henry
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle


Adult fiction: 
Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles
This Tender Land by Kent Krueger
How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang
Shiner by Amy Jo Burns
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

Teen Graphic novels:
The Golden Age, Book 1 by Roxanne Moreil
Umma’s Table by Yeon-sik Hong
Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder

Teen fiction:
Dogchild by Kevin Brooks
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Children’s Graphic novels:
GenPet by Damian Campanario
Twins by Varian Johnson
When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson
Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz
Peter and Ernesto: Sloths in the Night by Graham Annable

Children’s non fiction:
Shirley Chisholm is a Verb by Veronica Chambers
111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl by Rina Singh
Obsessive about Octopuses by Owen Davey
If You Take Away the Otter by Susannah Buhrman-Deever
How We Got to the Moon by John Rocco
The Strange Birds of Flannery O’Connor by Amy Alznauer
Dark was the Night: Blind Willie Johnson’s Journey to the Stars by Gary Golio
Anatomicum by Jennifer Z. Paxton
The Cat Man of Aleppo by Irene Latham

Picture books:
Sandcastle by Einat Tsarfati
Shy Ones by Simona Caraolo
Brick by Brick by Heidi Woodward
Julian at the Wedding by Jessica Love
Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki
Dandelion’s Dream by Yoko Tanaka

Children’s fiction:
Flooded by Ann E. Burg
Wink by Rob Harrell
The List of Things that Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
We Could Be Heroes by Margaret Finnegan

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