Reviews of the Day, 2020: Adult Books

Reviews of the Day, 2020-Adult Books

In a sense, every weekday is award day here at Booklist. Our Review of the Day highlights especially noteworthy titles by giving them the coveted front-and-center space on Booklist Online. We rotate adult, youth, and audio titles throughout the year, choosing titles that showcase the spotlight in the current issue of Booklist. Some Reviews of the Day are high-demand titles, while others are less-known gems we think deserve more visibility.

In keeping with the season of year-end “best” lists, we’ve compiled ALL of the Reviews of the Day for 2020, from January to December 18; divided them into four categories (adult books, books for youth, audiobooks, and graphic novels); and will be posting one category—and with it, dozens of Reviews of the Day—a day over the next few days. Below you’ll find every adult book Review of the Day from 2020. We hope you’ll enjoy this look back at a vibrant year in reading and stay tuned for more by following us on Twitter @ALA_Booklist.


General Fiction

ActressAfterlifeAll Adults HereThe Awkward Black ManBrother, Sister, Mother, ExplorerA BurningThe ChoiceCrooked HallelujahThe Glass HotelThe GringaHalfHomeland ElegiesInfinite CountryKim Jiyoung, Born 1982Lake LifeLand of Big NumbersThe Last Story of Mina LeeLittle FamilyLove, Death & Rare BooksLusterThe New WildernessNight. Sleep. Death. The Stars.Ordinary HazardsThe Perfect NineThe SeepThe SilenceThe Smash-UpSpoiler AlertSweet SorrowThe Thirty Names of NightThe Vanishing HalfWell-Behaved Indian WomenWhere the Wild Ladies Are

Historical Fiction

An Elegant WomanA Lady’s Guide to Mischief and MayhemBlack Bottom SaintsBride of the SeaCode Name HélèneThe Color of AirThe Eighth LifeThe Four WindsHamnetThe Mirror & the LightThe Night WatchmanRed Letter Days

Mystery / Crime Fiction

Blacktop WastelandCamino WindsCut to the BoneDark AugustThe Distant DeadEartheaterHold Your Breath, ChinaSmokeYou Can Go Home Now

Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror

A Snake Lies WaitingAttack SurfaceThe Blade BetweenThe Empress of Salt and FortuneHouse of Earth and BloodThe LoopThe Once and Future WitchesRuleUpright Women Wanted


Arts / Cookery / Geography, Travel, & Culture / Health and Medicine / Psychology / Science / Sports & Recreation

Can’t EvenThe Chilean KitchenFalastinFinding Comfort during Hard TimesThe Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious IllnessThe Language of ButterfliesLatinx Photography in the United StatesOne LifePharmaResetting the TableThe RiseA Walk around the BlockWhat Becomes a Legend MostA World on the Wing

History / Social Sciences

Black FuturesBrown AlbumCasteThe Dragons, the Giant, the WomenFootprintsThe Genius of WomenJulian Bond’s Time to TeachA Knock at MidnightMadam C.J. WalkerMinor FeelingsOn Account of RaceOur Time Is NowPaper BulletsA Promised LandThe Room Where It HappenedThe Shadow SystemShe VotesStakes Is HighTales of Two PlanetsThis is What America Looks LikeTwistedVoting and Political Representation in AmericaWe Gather Together

Literature / Philosophy / Poetry

Habitat ThresholdHomieIntimationsJust UsRecollections of My NonexistenceSee No StrangerSigh, GoneA Swim in a Pond in the RainWintering'

About the Author:

Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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