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December 23, 2020 | Devin Cook

The Best of 2020 Staff Picks!

We never thought this dumpster fire year would end, but here we are–we did it, you guys! We made it through 2020. We’ve seen some things…and read a bunch, too! Every year, the folks here at McLib share their favorite books, movies, music, and more, so we thought we’d share some of our favorite titles with you. These picks really pulled their weight in getting us through a tough year.

All of these titles are available for you to place on hold or check out digitally! Click the title to learn more, and get it in your hands ASAP.

From your well-read bookies, here were our favorite Adult Fiction Titles.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins 

Anxious People by Fredrick Backman

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd 

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon 

A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet 

The Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth 

The City We Became by N.K. Jemison 

Devolution by Max Brooks 

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell 

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle 

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy 

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell 

Long Bright River by Liz Moore 

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey 

The Once and Future Witches by Alix Harrow 

Piranesi by Susannah Clarke

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown 

The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld 

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson 

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert 

These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card 

This Town Sleeps by Dennis E. Staples

A Time for Mercy by John Grisham  

The Truants by Kate Weinberg 

The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya 

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg 

Make sure to click around on our virtual shelves below, featuring our Staff Faves — titles that were nominated by multiple staff members!


Here are our favorite Adult Non-Fiction titles that you’ll be sure to learn a thing or two from!

The Adventurer’s Son by Roman Dial 

The Answer is: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek 

Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace 

Broken Faith: Inside the World of Faith Fellowship, One of America’s Most Dangerous Cults by Mitch Weiss

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson 

Countdown 1945 by Chris Wallace 

Cubed: The Puzzle of Us All by Enro Rubik 

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories From The Twenty-First Century by Alice Wong 

Dolly Parton, Songteller by Dolly Parton

Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood’s Zen Rebel by Joseph Atkins 

HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Systle by Eliabeth Holmes 

Jimmy Page the Anthology by Jimmy Page 

Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo 

A Life On Our Planet : My Witness Statement And A Vision For The Future by David Attenborough 

Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band by Willie Nelson 

My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me by Jason B. Rosenthal 

The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey 

Notes on a Silencing by Lacy Crawford 

One Life by Megan Rapinoe 

Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law 

Skincare: The Ultimate No-Nonsense Guide by Caroline Hirons 

The Secret of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket by Benjamin Lorr 

Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria 

What Cats Want: An Illustrated Guide For Truly Understanding Your Cat by Yuki Hattori 

Which Fork Do I Use with My Bourbon? By Peggy Noe 

Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby


Want to enjoy some art AND read? Here are our Manga and Graphic Novels staff picks of 2020.

Black Butler by Yana Toboso  

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba by Koyoharu Gotoge 

Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe 

The Sacrifice of Darkness by Roxane Gay and Tracy Lynne Oliver 

Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo 

Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi 

Yorick and Bones by Jeremy Tankard 


Need some new tunes to get into? Not only is our staff full of well-read bibliophiles, we have quite a few musicophiles with excellent taste as well! Check out our favorite music of 2020.

All Thoughts Fly by Anna Von Hausswolff 

Californian Soil (Maya Jane Coles Remix) by London Grammar 

Cuttin’ Grass Vol 1 by Sturgill Simpson

Damage by H.E.R. 

Dreamland by Glass Animals 

Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple

Folklore by Taylor Swift

Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa 

Gaslighter by The Chicks 

Ho, Why is You Here? By Flo Milli 

Homegrown by Neil Young 

Industry Games by CHIKA  

Long Violent History by Tyler Childers

Map of the Soul: 7 by BTS 

Never Will by Ashley McBryde 

RTJ4 by Run the Jewels 

SAWAYAMA by Rina Sawayama

Sigma Oasis by Phish

The Slow Rush by Tame Impala 

The Speed of Now Part 1 by Keith Urban  

Suga by Megan Thee Stallion

They’ll Never Keep Us Down by Kelsey Waldon 

Ungodly Hour by Chloe x Halle 

YHLQMDLG by Bad Bunny 


TV shows and movies are a great way to escape the stress and general “blah” of 2020. Though many of our favorites are available only through streaming, we have quite a few titles to share that you can check out at the library! Check out our DVD shelf below for what we liked the most.

Anne with an E 

Birds of Prey

The Call of the Wild 

The Crown 

The Current War 


It Started as A Joke 

Jojo Rabbit 


Killing Eve 

Like A Boss 

Little Women 

Molly of Denali 


Playmobil: The Movie

Portrait of a Lady on Fire 

The Secret Garden 

Uncut Gems 


Our favorite video game of 2020 was clear! The Last of Us Part 2 has everything for any gamer to enjoy.


Check out what we loved for Young Adult Fiction!

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo 

Parachutes by Kelly Lang 

Paradise Island: A Sam and Colby Story by Sam Goldbach 

Shine by Jessica Jung 

We Were Promised Spotlights by Lindsey Sproul 

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton 


For Juvenile Fiction, we’ve got these to keep your little ones entertained.

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson 

Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor 

Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker 

The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean 

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake 

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson 


Here’s our Juvenile Non-Fiction picks, chock full of fun facts to get your kid’s thinking cap on!

50 Adventures in the 50 States by Kate Siber 

On the Horizon by Lois Lowry 

Stamped: Antiracism, Racism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi


And finally, for your littlest ones, our picks for Early books!

Auntie Uncle: Drag Queen Hero by Ellie Royce 

Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd 

The Bug Collector by Alex Griffiths 

Fresh Princess by Denene Millner 

Heroes Wear Masks: Elmo’s Super Adventure by Lillian Jane 

Robobaby by David Weisner 

A Stopwatch from Grandpa by Loretta Garbott 

While We Can’t Hug by Eoin McLaughlin 

Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow 


This year has been chaotic, but we found comfort in these titles and we hope you do the same. Escaping into other worlds through reading is one of our specialties, and we’re here to help you during these tough times! We may be closed to the public for the time being, but give us a call if you have any questions, or need assistance placing any of these titles on hold or checking them out digitally. Just call (270) 442-2510 ext. 119 or email [email protected] — we’ll try our best to help!

Stay safe during the holidays and remember–2021 is nearly here! Let’s do our best to make it better than 2020.