It should come as no surprise that the staff of Barrington Public Library are book lovers and reading fiends! We are always talking about books and recommending new reads to each other, so this year we thought it would be fun to share our top picks of 2020 with you. Below you will find a list of our staff's favorite books that they read in 2020 as well as links to the catalog and/or eZone so you can check them out yourself.
If you want some more reading recommendations, check out our Staff Curated Book Lists.
Lisa's Pick (Children's Department)
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous break up.
Rabbit Cake by Annie Harnett
A darkly comic novel about a young girl named Elvis trying to figure out her place in a world without her mother.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
A gothic suspense novel about Vida Winter, a famous but reclusive novelist who enlists Margaret Lea, a bookish amateur biographer to write her biography.
Janet's Pick (Homebound Delivery/Reference Department)
The Overstory by Richard Powers
A novel centering on nine Americans whose unique life experiences with trees bring them together to address the destruction of forests.
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
A captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Debut exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher.
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
A thriller involving two women―both alone, both scared―and one agonizing decision that will change the trajectory of both of their lives.
Tanya's Pick (Teen Librarian)
The King of Crows by Libba Bray
The breath-taking series finale - The Diviners are forced to confront their greatest fears and learn to rely on one another if they hope to save the world from catastrophe
Siobhan's Pick (Reference Department)
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
In a moment of desperation, Addie LaRue makes a bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets, until 300 years later someone remembers her.
Jessica's Pick (Community Engagement Librarian)
Significant Others by Armistead Maupin
Tranquillity reigns in the ancient redwood forest until a women-only music festival sets up camp downriver from an all-male retreat for the ruling class.
Ben's Pick (Reference Department)
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
An enchanting story about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.
Sheila's Pick (Circulation Department)
When I Was You by Amber Garza
An up-all-night psychological thriller about a lonely empty-nester's growing obsession with a young mother who shares her name.
Brenna's Pick (Children's Department)
A Home For Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor
A story that sings about loss and love and finding joy in new friendships and a loving family, along with the world’s best bad dog.
Tracey's Pick (Circulation Department)
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service.
Hunter's Pick (Children's Department)
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
Hard-won truths of ancient tradition and stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research combine to answer the question: What does everyone in the modern world need to know?
Kyle's Pick (Children's Department)
The Freedom Writer's Diary by Erin Gruwell
Straight from the front line of urban America, the inspiring story of one fiercely determined teacher and her remarkable students.
Malia's Pick (Children's Department)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
An original rendering of the epic Trojan War featuring a devastating love story and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.
Lisa's Kids Book Pick (Children's Department)
Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson
A powerful story about family, the places that make us who we are, and how we find ways to connect to our history across time and distance.
Catherine's Pick #2 (Administration)
Night, Sleep, Death, the Stars by Joyce Carol Oates
The bonds of family are tested in the wake of a profound tragedy, providing a look at the darker side of our society.
Olivia's Pick (Circulation Department)
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
The classic story of Elizabeth Bennet, our highly vivacious heroine and the arrogant but captivating, Mr. Darcy. Their destinies interweave in a timeless pattern of courtship, love, property, and marriage.
Patrick's Pick (Children's Department)
Saving Fable by Scott Reintgen
Indira has been a character-in-waiting her entire life. So she can't believe her luck when she's finally chosen to travel to Fable and study at the renowned Protagonist Preparatory, a school known for producing the best heroes.
Happy Holidays from the Staff of Barrington Public Library and happy reading!
This list compiled by Reference Staff at Barrington Public Library. Please contact us at 401-247-1920 x2 with any questions or if you would like help placing a hold on one of these titles.