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Readers Advisory Fever: PW’s and GoodReads Best Books of 2020

Although I feel like my life has been on pause since March, it’s that time again: Best Books lists are coming.

Winter, annual book lists, same thing.

Publisher’s Weekly has their lists up, and these are a big help for readers advisory (“He/she/they just want a good book, can you just suggest a good book?”) and for end of year budget money – if you haven’t gotten these into your collection, it’s a good bet you’ll want to put some money toward those now. Here’s the Best of 2020 Picture Books, Best of 2020 Middle Grade, and the Best of 2020 YA.


Next up, it’s YOUR chance to vote. GoodReads has opened up their opening round of voting for the Best Books of 2020. While it’s your chance to voice your opinion on your favorite books this year, it’s also a great chance to see what’s popular: talk these books up, and get them on your shelves. There are 20 categories here, including good ones to talk up, like Debut Novel, Comics and Graphic Novels, and popular genre fiction, like Mysteries and Thrillers, Romance, Humor, Horror, Fantasy, and Sci Fi. There are categories for Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Middle Grade & Children’s, and Picture Books, so that’s a nice breakout to keep handy.


I'm a mom, a children's librarian, bibliophile, and obsessive knitter. I'm a pop culture junkie and a proud nerd, and favorite reads usually fall into Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I review comics and graphic novels at WhatchaReading ( I'm also the co-founder of On Wednesdays We Wear Capes (, where I discuss pop culture and geek fandom from a female point of view.

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