2020 has been a year full of surprises, but one thing has remained constant: great books! As the year comes to a close, it's time to look back on the titles BookPage readers have enjoyed the most.
Emma Straub’s writing is witty, informal and deceptively simple, drawing readers in as if they’re having a conversation with a close friend.
This exceptional work of historical fiction offers insight into the rippling effects of extremism.
The Book of V connects its three characters’ stories not only thematically but also narratively, with a surprising yet inevitable and satisfying conclusion.
The suspense is slow and steady in this meditative, artistic take on the murder mystery.
As intriguing as the plot may sound upfront, it can’t speak to the otherworldly beauty of Michael Zapata’s writing.
We Are Not Free is a superb addition to the canon of works of literature that chronicle a shameful chapter of American history.
Nancy Grace Augusta Wake is a woman so extraordinary that your first instinct might be to believe she is imaginary, like James Bond.
Everything Sad Is Untrue is a deeply personal book that makes a compelling case for empathy and hope.
This is a romp with substance, consumed as easily as a beach read but offering ample opportunities for self-reflection.
Rich in detail and bright with tastes and textures, The Henna Artist is a fabulous glimpse into Indian culture in the 1950s.
In her second novel, Bennett writes like a master, creating rich worlds filled with memorable moments both big and small.
James Nestor’s work reveals the importance of our breath and promises us a changed life if only we’ll take a moment to stop, slow down and breathe.
Smart, witty and even a bit sly, this penetrating social commentary is also one of the year’s most enjoyable novels.
Max Brooks deals not only with the end of humanity; he also shows us our further course toward a new, ineluctable, absolute brutality.
The Bright Lands is a fresh and frightening take on the small-town thriller.
More complicated, weirder and far more haunted than Station Eleven, the new novel from Emily St. John Mandel defies all expectations.
John Grisham’s mastery of the courtroom thriller is never in question, and once again, he presents as smooth a read as you’ll ever experience.
If this is not Sue Miller’s best novel, it is surely among her very best. One measure of that is how the experience of it deepens with each reading.
Cole leverages her strengths to great effect, incorporating history, biting social observation and even a little romance into this brilliant thriller debut.
Barry Gewen's intellectual biography of Henry Kissinger is meticulously researched, consistently stimulating and deeply insightful.