Next week we will begin running the first of many Best of 2021 columns. In anticipation of that, I thought it would be fun to look back at the books we loved from 2020. Did you read any of these? What was your take?
Here are the books readers picked as the ten best books of 2020. Ms. Ryan’s Queen Move came in at the top–the rest of the list is in no particular order. All but one of the nominated romances received a DIK at AAR and the one that didn’t got a B+.
Thank you to all who voted. And a big congratulations to these authors! […]
After three rounds and thousands of votes, the winner (by a landslide) is:
We are not surprised. The book got a glowing review here and our readers have raved about on the site. Congratulations, Ms. Ryan!
Tomorrow we will share the list of the other nine books that round out the top ten. It’s fabulous.
It’s Black History Month and we thought we’d celebrate by publishing some of the best books by Black authors we read last year. All of these received DIK grades from AAR and all are worth your time.
Over 1100 votes later, AAR readers have picked eleven books to compete for the Best Book of 2020. (I’d hoped for ten, but two garnered the same number of votes.) It’s a great list. All but one of the nominated romances received a DIK at AAR and the one that didn’t got a B+. This list pulls from several genres and represents authors new and old.
Now it’s time to pick just one. […]
While the AAR staff each shares a list of books published last year they love, every year they are asked to come up with their FAVORITE read. This year, after being informed that “No, you cannot pick an author or a series,” most of our reviewers did indeed pick just one. Here are their choices. Enjoy! […]
Here, in no particular order, are the books I enjoyed the most this year.
The Searcher by Tana French
I’ve been stanning Tana French since reading her first book, In the Woods, although her last, The Witch Elm, wasn’t to my taste. I was worried that I might not love The Searcher either given that it too is apart from her wildly brilliant Dublin Murder Squad books. My fear was for naught. The Searcher is a meditative tale about Cal Hooper, an American cop who impulsively retires to a small Irish village and becomes entangled in a missing person case. French’s writing has never been better–even the rooks who haunt Cal’s yard have more personality than the leads of many a lesser book. The plot is a slow burn tour de force and you’ll ponder this story’s resolution […]