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2020 Staff Picks for Adults

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Last but not least, here are our favorite books for adults! There is something for everyone, from romance to high fantasy to history. What was your favorite book this year?

This is a very diverse list and every title is very different from the others, even within the same genre! Click through to the Catalog for more information on each book, or contact us—we'd love to help find a book that’s right for you!


When You See Me by Lisa Gardner – recommended by Tiffany A. at Libbie Mill
Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood – recommended by Shanna M. at Library Administration
Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King – recommended by Hannah T. at Libbie Mill


The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez – recommended by Erica T. at Glen Allen
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – recommended by Alicia A. at Library Administration

Literary Fiction/Contemporary Fiction

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman – recommended by Gay Lynn V. at Twin Hickory and A. C. at Tuckahoe
28 Summers by Erin Hilderbrand – recommended by Courtney M. at North Park
Fiebre Tropical by Julia Delgado Lopera – recommended by Tanny R. at Library Administration
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett – recommended by Amy B. at Libbie Mill and Logan F. at Tuckahoe
Red Pill by Hari Kunzru – recommended by Susan L. at Libbie Mill

Historical Fiction

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi – recommended by Marian K. at Fairfield and Julia B. at Tuckahoe
The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis – recommended by Kareemah H. at Varina


Paladin's Grace by T. Kingfisher – recommended by Barbra S. at Varina
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas – recommended by Kendall H. at Library Administration
The Burning God by R. F. Kuang – recommended by Courtney W. at Libbie Mill
Adventure Zone Volume 3: Petals to the Metal by Clint McElroy – recommended by Bec J. at Libbie Mill

Science Fiction

Network Effect by Martha Wells – recommended by Lisa K. at Glen Allen
Axiom's End by Lindsay Ellis – recommended by Elizabeth P. at Libbie Mill
Docile by K. M. Szpara – recommended by Barbie B. at Library Administration


The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones – recommended by Rick S. at Library Administration and Kelsey C. at Varina
The Return by Rachel Harrison – recommended by Kristina C. at Library Administration
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – recommended by Lea M. at Fairfield
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – recommended by Robyn W. at Fairfield


The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists by Tracy Walder – recommended by Seana T. at Glen Allen
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker – recommended by Jean A. at Glen Allen
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh – recommended by Ame H. at Library Administration
Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu Miller – recommended by Hayley D. at Twin Hickory
I You We Them: Walking into the World of the Desk Killer by Dan Gretton – recommended by Ben H. at Library Administration
Culture Warlords by Talia Lavin – recommended by Tracey B. at Libbie Mill
The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation by Lynne Cheney – recommended by Mike S. at Tuckahoe
Nala's World by Dean Nicholson – recommended by Julie S. at Glen Allen
This is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, a Voice that Held It Together by Jon Mooallem – recommended by Savanah C. at Library Administration
Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy by Leslie Brody – recommended by Lindsey H. at Libbie Mill
The Money Tree: A Story About Finding the Fortune in Your Own Backyard by Chris Guillebeau – recommended by Nideria B. at Sandston
World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil – recommended by Kimberly B. in Outreach

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