It’s that time of the year when newspapers and magazines publish their ‘Best of 2020’ lists. These are the books that we would have been talking about around the water-cooler, had we not been working from home.
Lists usually begin appearing early November and keep going until the end of the year – I will keep adding as they are published.
The Best of 2020 According to #ALLTHELISTS will be coming soon – stay tuned! (See previous lists here).
Publishers Weekly – short lists for various genres (fiction includes some excellent translated picks).
ABC Australia Best Books of 2020 – your summer reading, sorted.
Vulture Best Books of 2020 (So Far) – a list compiled over the course of the year.
Slate’s Best Books of 2020 – five fiction and five nonfiction picks.
Glamour Best Books of 2020 – a list 54 books long.
Buzzfeed’s Best Books We Read in 2020 – good descriptions to whet the appetite.
USA Today Best Books of 2020 – a trim list of 13 titles.
AV Club’s Best Books of 2020 – 15 favourites.
Vox Best of 2020 – choices with commentary.
People Picks the Top Ten Books of 2020 – no surprises.
Esquire – 44 books to ‘elevate’ your reading list
Harper’s Bazaar 43 Best Books of 2020 – lots of summer reading on this list.
Refinery 29 Best Books of 2020 – good mix of mainstream and offbeat.
Indigo’s Best Books of 2020 – lots of titles on this list that aren’t appearing anywhere else.
Readings The Best Books of 2020 – categories for Australian and international authors (plus nonfiction and crime).
The New York Public Library Best Books of 2020 – top tens by genre.
Financial Times Best Books of 2020 Fiction – pay-walled….
TIME 100 Must-Read Books of 2020 – something for everyone
Kirkus Reviews Best of 2020 – lots of translated fiction in this collection
Amazon Best Books of 2020 – a neat top 20.
The Telegraph’s 50 Best Books of 2020 – pay-walled…
Real Simple’s The Best Books of 2020 – a long list (59) that has a bit of everything.
Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books 2020 – mix of fiction and non-fiction, sorted into lists for adults, teens and kids.
O Magazine Best Books of 2020 – twenty Oprah book club favourites for 2020.
The Week’s Best Books of 2020 – reliably different.
Book Riot Best Books of 2020 – list by genre.
Elle’s 48 Best Books to Read in 2020 – last year their list was 29 books long… must have got more reading done in 2020
Marie Claire Best Books of 2020 – they’ve cast the net very, very wide (and caught a lot of chick-lit).
Town and Country Best Books to Read in 2020 – mix of 23 fiction and nonfiction titles.
Shelf Awareness Best Books of 2020 – ten fiction and ten nonfiction books.
Library Journal Best Books of 2020 – 144 titles across 15 categories..
The Times 37 Best Books of 2020 – paywalled (but you can have a free trial if you’re busting for this British list).
New York Public Library Best Books of 2020 – top tens for adults, teens and kids.
BBC Best Books of the Year – some excellent British picks included.
The New Yorker Best Books of 2020 – has titles other lists don’t.
Chicago Tribune 10 Best Books of 2020 – with a little political commentary on the side…
Australian Book Review 2020 Books of the Year – authors do the nominating.
GH The 56 Best Books of 2020 – mostly of the lighter reading variety.
Thrillist Best Books of 2020 – 42 on the thrilling list (crammed with some great translated picks).
Book Page Best Books of 2020 – 20 in the fiction category
SheReads Best Books of 2020 – lists for all sorts of different categories.
The Economist Our Books of the Year – paywalled…
Parade Best Books of 2020 – 40 titles across various genres.
EW The Best Books of 2020 – no surprises but a solid list.
Lithub Our 65 Favourite Books of the Year – with a lot of commentary.
Australian Financial Review Best Books of 2020 – nice categories (e.g. coffee table books).
Smithsonian The Best Books of 2020 – top tens for various categories.
Concrete Playground The 11 Best Books of 2020 – lots of Aussie picks.
Apartment Therapy’s Must-Read Books of 2020 – no surprises in this list of 16.
Vanity Fair The 15 Best Books of 2020 – interesting mix.
InStyle Best of 2020 – a mix of predictable and interesting.