Best Of

The Dusty Jacket’s Top 10 Picks for 2020*

Adult Fiction/Biography/Historical Fiction

  1. The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer (reviewed January 2020)
  2. Jewel by Bret Lott (reviewed January 2020)
  3. Paris is Always a Good Idea by Nicolas Barreau (reviewed February 2020)
  4. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland by Dave Barry (reviewed March 2020)
  5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Historical Fiction) by Mary Ann Shaffer (reviewed April 2020)
  6. Tracks by Jim Black (reviewed May 2020)
  7. Tuesdays with Morrie (Memoir) by Mitch Albom (reviewed June 2020)
  8. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding (Historical Fiction) by Jackie Copleton (reviewed June 2020)
  9. The Walk (Inspirational) by Richard Paul Evans (reviewed July 2020)
  10. The Zookeeper’s Wife (Non-Fiction) by Diane Ackerman (reviewed August 2020)

Juvenile/Young Adult

  1. Dovey Coe by Frances O’Roark (reviewed January 2020)
  2. Shadow of a Bull (Newbery Medal) by Maia Wojciechowska (reviewed February 2020)
  3. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Historical Fiction) by John Boyne (reviewed March 2020)
  4. We Were Here by Matt de la Peña (reviewed April 2020)
  5. Bronze and Sunflower (Historical Fiction) by Cao Wenxuan (reviewed April 2020)
  6. A Moment Comes (Historical Fiction) by Jennifer Bradbury (reviewed May 2020)
  7. The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio (Fantasy) by Lloyd Alexander (reviewed June 2020)
  8. Esperanza Rising (Historical Fiction) by Pam Muñoz Ryan (reviewed July 2020)
  9. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (reviewed October 2020)
  10. Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley (Historical Fiction) by Ann Rinaldi (reviewed October 2020)

*List contains books reviewed in 2020 and not published