Throughout the year, I have been awarding books with my Best Book Award if they receive a five-star rating from me. In order to receive a five-star rating, it needs to be an incredible book that leaves me with nothing bad to say. I have read many outstanding books this year, but a few have stuck in my head and really made a lasting impression. It was hard to pick my favorite book of the year, but here is the winner and a few that almost made the cut.
I invite all of you to participate in the Judging More Than Just the Cover 2020 Reading Challenge. Each month, we have a category to follow. Pick at least one book that falls into that category. I’ll let you know what book I chose and give a few other suggestions.
When Billie James’ father passed, she inherited his house in Mississippi. When she returned to the small town, she uncovered nasty secrets and racism still brewing.
When their eldest teenage daughter seemingly starts to lose her mind, a family turns to their church and a reality show for exorcism help. Is she really possessed by a demon or is it schizophrenia?
The Immortalists follows four siblings. As children, they visit a psychic who tells them the exact days of their deaths. That knowledge shapes their entire lives and takes them on diverging paths.
Sweet Little Lies follows the detective Cat as she tries to solve a murder that intertwines with a missing person case from her childhood hometown that she has always suspected her father is tied to.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Caz Frear, the author of Sweet Little Lies. We chose Sweet Little Lies as our September podcast book.
This is a book series for new parents. There is a gift set for each month of the baby’s life starting from month one through month twelve (so far—it looks like they are adding more over time).
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing follows 23-year-old April May as she becomes a viral social media influencer after discovering the first of many alien robots in the middle of Manhattan. This starts a series of puzzles to figure out what these robots, referred to as Carls, want.
Fierce Fairytales is a series of poems that retell Disney princess stories, fairy tales, and folklore with a feminist twist. These break standard female cliches and stereotypes in fantasy.