GoodReads Choice Awards 2020

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The very popular book tracking/reviewing site GoodReads polls all their readers every year to find out which book in each genre is their favorite. Here are their results.


Winner - Best Science and Technology
David Attenborough, Jonnie Hughes
Description: In this scientifically informed account of the changes occurring in the world over the last century, broadcaster and natural historian, David Attenborough, shares a lifetime of wisdom and a hopeful vision for the future.
Call Number: 508 Att
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Winner - Best Memoir/Biography
Barack Obama
Description: In the first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency--a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.
Call Number: B Oba
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Ibram X. Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky
Description: Illustrations and rhyming text present nine steps Antiracist Baby can take to improve equity, such as opening our eyes to all skin colors and celebrating all our differences.
Call Number: BB Ken
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Winner - Best History/Biography
Isabel Wilkerson
Description: The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power--which groups have it and which do not. Isabel Wilkerson gives us a portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through a deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people's lives and behavior and the nation's fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people--including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball's Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others--she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. She points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity. This is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of America life today.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.5122 Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Elizabeth Acevedo
Description: Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people... In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal's office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash. Separated by distance -- and Papi's secrets -- the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they've lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.
Call Number: YA FIC Ace
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Margaret Atwood
Description: Margaret Atwood presents her first collection of poetry in over a decade that addresses themes such as love, loss, the passage of time, nature, and zombies.
Call Number: 811 Atw
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Winner - Best Romance
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Description: Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy's life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers. The entire kingdom's future rests on Poppy's shoulders, something she's not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden. Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.
Call Number: FIC Arm
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Alice Oseman
Description: Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn't been too great, but at least he's not being bullied anymore, and he's sort of got a boyfriend, even if he's kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He's heard a little about Charlie -- the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months -- but he's never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn't think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner...
Call Number: YA FIC Ose
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Winner - Best Fantasy
Sarah J. Maas
Description: "Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life -- working hard all day and partying all night -- until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She'll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose -- to assassinate his boss's enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he's offered an irrestible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach. As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City's underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion -- one that could set them both free, if they'd only let it." -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Maa
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Winner - Best Horror
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Description: After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemi Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She's not sure what she will find--her cousin's husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemi knows little about the region. Noemi is also an unlikely rescuer: She's a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she's also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin's new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemi; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi's dreams with visions of blood and doom. Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family's youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemi, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family's past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family's once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemi digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.
Call Number: FIC Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Winner - Best Food and Cookbooks
Ina Garten, Quentin Bacon, Jean-Pierre Uys, Barefoot Contessa (Store)
Description: This collection of eighty-five all-new recipes by Ina Garten features comforting twists on childhood favorites, including cheesy chicken enchiladas, tomato and goat cheese crostata, and banana rum trifle.
Call Number: 641.5 Gar
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Winner - Best Nonfiction
Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi
Description: A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism and antiracism in America. The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes listeners on a race journey from then to now, shows them why they feel how they feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited. Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative, this audiobook shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas, and on ways listeners can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.
Call Number: YA 305.8 Rey
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Winner - Best Humor
Nathan W. Pyle
Description: Straight from the mind of Nathan W. Pyle, Strange Planet is a universe in pink, blue, green, and purple. Strange Planet covers a full life cycle of the planet's inhabitants, including milestones such as: The Emergence Day, Being Gains a Sibling, the Being Family Attains a Beast. This book offers a sweet and hilarious look at a distant world not all that unlike our own.
Call Number: 741.569 Pyl
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Kiley Reid, Nicole Lewis
Description: Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right.
Call Number: FIC Rei
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Winner - Best Mystery/Thriller
Lucy (Novelist) Foley, Chloe Massey, Olivia Dowd, Sarah Ovens, Rich Keeble
Description: On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate the joining of two people--the groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star; and the bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. And then someone turns up dead.
Call Number: FIC Fol
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Winner- Best Fiction
Matt Haig
Description: "Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Hai
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Holly Black, Kathleen (Illustrator) Jennings
Description: "As the exiled Queen of Faerie, Jude must travel back to Elfhame to help her twin sister, Taryn, and uncover how to break a dark curse threatening the whole Faerie world"-- Provided by publisher.Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power. Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan's betrayal. Opportunity to reclaim everything he took from her arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril. But war is brewing in Elfhame. And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, Jude must choose between her ambition and her humanity. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Rick Riordan
Description: Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to Earth in the pathetic mortal form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus? Lester's demigod friends at Camp Jupiter just helped him survive attacks from bloodthirsty ghouls, an evil Roman king and his army of the undead, and the lethal emperors Caligula and Commodus. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. Lester's final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? Will this helpless form of Apollo have to face his arch-nemesis, Python? Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist? These questions and more will be answered in this book that all demigods are eagerly awaiting.
Call Number: YA FIC Rio
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Winner - Best Historical
Brit Bennett
Description: "The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect? Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Ben
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
Winner - Best Science Fiction
Christopher Paolini
Description: A space voyager living her dream of exploring new worlds lands on a distant planet ripe for colonization before her discovery of a mysterious relic transforms her life and threatens the entire human race.
Call Number: FIC Pao
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 8, 2020
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A Life On Our Planet : My Witness Statement And A Vision For The Future
David Attenborough, Jonnie Hughes
508 Att
Modern Comfort Food : A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
Ina Garten, Quentin Bacon, Jean-Pierre Uys, Barefoot Contessa (Store)
641.5 Gar
A Promised Land
Barack Obama
B Oba
Stamped [Audiobook] : Racism, Antiracism, And You
Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi
YA 305.8 Rey
Antiracist Baby
Ibram X. Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky
BB Ken
Strange Planet
Nathan W. Pyle
741.569 Pyl
Caste : The Origins Of Our Discontents
Isabel Wilkerson
305.5122 Wil
Such A Fun Age [Audiobook] : A Novel
Kiley Reid, Nicole Lewis
FIC Rei
Clap When You Land
Elizabeth Acevedo
YA FIC Ace
The Guest List [Audiobook]
Lucy (Novelist) Foley, Chloe Massey, Olivia Dowd, Sarah Ovens, Rich Keeble
FIC Fol
Dearly : New Poems
Margaret Atwood
811 Atw
The Midnight Library
Matt Haig
FIC Hai
From Blood And Ash
Jennifer L. Armentrout
FIC Arm
The Queen Of Nothing
Holly Black, Kathleen (Illustrator) Jennings
YA FIC Bla
Heartstopper. Volume 1
Alice Oseman
YA FIC Ose
The Tower Of Nero
Rick Riordan
YA FIC Rio
House Of Earth And Blood
Sarah J. Maas
FIC Maa
The Vanishing Half [Large Print]
Brit Bennett
LP FIC Ben
Mexican Gothic
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
FIC Mor
To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars
Christopher Paolini
FIC Pao