The Latest Booklist: Editors’ Choice, 2020

Happy New Year from Booklist! After a very eventful year and months of remote meetings over the year’s best books, we can finally reveal the January 1 & 15 Editors’ Choice issue, which features editor-selected best-of lists for adult books, books for youth, adult books for young adults, audio for adults, and audio for youth. Also featured are our annual Top of the List winners—our section editors’ most favorite favorites—and an interview with author Tricia Elam Walker and illustrator April Harrison of this year’s Top of the List picture-book winner, Nana Akua Goes to School​. This year we have also compiled Read-alikes for the Top of the List titles in adult fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels and Listen-alikes for Top of the List audiobooks in adult and youth.

And if your to-be-read list isn’t yet at capacity, we have more books for you! This issue features thoughtful, relevant reading recommendations from the 2021 Carnegie Award finalists, Ayad Akhtar, Rebecca Giggs, Megha Majumdar, James McBride, Claudia Rankine, and Natasha Trethewey. Don’t miss ’em.

Finally, rounding out this full issue are Michael Cart’s Personal Best: 2020, which is full of wonderful youth titles as well as his signature insight, and our annual Booklist Backlist of best personal reading from your favorite Booklisters.

You can also find the complete magazine online! Booklist’s digital edition of the January 1&15 issue is live. It’s a great way to explore the magazine from your iPhone, iPad, tablet, Samsung Galaxy, or any other internet-connected device. With the digital issue, subscribers will now get print, online, digital, and archival access to the 22 Booklist and four Book Links issues each year! Visit'

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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