May 25, 2022

My Three Book Clubs: 2020 Reading Goals Achieved – and More | Books

We asked librarians and booksellers about their favorite titles of 2020. Here, in no particular order or style (fiction mixed with non-fiction, adults and children), are their choices.

Kris Kleindienst, co-owner, Left Bank Books

“Memories of my non-existence” by Rebecca Solnit

“The Immortals of Tehran” by Ali Araghi

“Just us” by Claudia Rankine

“America’s Broken Heart” by Walter Johnson

Sarah Holt, Child and Adolescent Specialist, Left Bank Books

“What Well Build: Plans for Our Future Together” by Oliver Jeffers (picture book)

“Coo” by Kaela Noel (intermediate level reader)

“Girl, Unframed” by Deb Caletti (young adult)

Shane Mullen, Event Coordinator, Left Bank Books

“Barnaby Mayne’s Cabinets” by Elsa Hart

“She comes by her naturally” by Sarah Smarsh

Yaa Gyasi’s “Transcendent Realm”

Emily Hall Schroen, Owner, Main Street Books

VE Schwab’s “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” (Adult)

“The Princess Will Save You” by Sarah Henning (YA)

“The Goddess in the Machine” by Lora Beth Johnson (YA)

“Soulswift” by Megan Bannen (YA)

Melissa Posten, Child Buyer, The Novel Neighbor

“Legendborn” by Traci Deonn (YA)

“I speak like a river” by Jordan Scott (picture book)

“A Wish in the Dark” by Christina Soonornvat (intermediate level)

Holland Saltsman, Owner, The Novel Neighbor

“The House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune

PZ Reizin’s “Ask Me Anything”

“Notes from a Young Black Chief” by Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein

“Hollywood Park” by Mikel Jollett

Alex Weir, Director, Subterranean Books

“The Splendid and the Vil” by Erik Larson

“Wintering” by Katherine May

“Reference Ideas at Jesuit Hall” by Matthew Freeman

Gena Brady, Staff Member, Subterranean Books

“Piranesi” by Susanna Clarke

“The white dress” by Nathalie Léger

“Memories of my non-existence” by Rebecca Solnit

Kelly von Plonski, Owner, Subterranean Books

Brit Bennett’s “The Vanishing Half”

“My Dark Vanessa” by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Curtis Sittenfeld’s “Rodham”

Jennifer Alexander, Collections Development Specialist, St. Louis County Library

“Leave the world behind” by Rumaan Alam

“An ardent” by Megha Majumdar

“Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and a Goal Every Day” by Jay Shetty

Youth Services Department Staff, St. Louis County Library

“The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read” by Rita Lorraine Hubbard

“All that is sad is false” by Daniel Nayeri

“City Spies” by James Ponti

Staff, St. Louis Public Library

“Our Favorite Day of the Year” by AE Ali, illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell (children)

“Twins” by Varian Johnson, illustrated by Shannon Wright (children)

“La Course au Soleil” by Rebecca Roanhorse (children)

“A Song Under Water” by Bethany C. Morrow (teens)

“Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (teenagers)

“The magic fish” by Trung Le Nguyen (teenagers)

Jim Butcher’s “Peace Talks” (adults)

“Marshmallow Malice” by Amanda Flower (adults)

Curtis Sittenfeld’s “Rodham” (adults)

“A Good Neighborhood” by Therese Anne Fowler (adults)