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2019 Favorites and Picks for 2020

It’s the start of a new year (and a new decade!) and while you’ve probably seen your fair share of year-end lists and reviews already, we couldn’t help but share our own. The start of a new year is always a good time to commit to reading more, so we’re sharing our favorite books from 2019 and what we’re most looking forward to reading in 2020 to give you some ideas for your own reading list.

Ranee Weldy

2019: I liked the Hudson Sisters series by Mariah Stewart – The Last Chance Matinee (#1), The Sugarhouse Blues (#2), and The Goodbye Cafe (#3).

2020: I am a huge fan of Peter Swanson, so my upcoming pick is Eight Perfect Murders (out February 1).

Holly Grant

2019: Neurofitness by Rahul Jandial

2020: I enjoyed listening to A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin and am looking forward to continuing the Song of Ice and Fire audiobook series! The narrator has a great voice and fabulous range.

Heather Campbell

2019: Bats at the Library by Brian Lies and Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

2020: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides and Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich

Lucy Thoms

2019: The Farm by Joanne Ramos was so good but so frustrating. I couldn’t put it down!

2020: My goal is to reread some classics this year. First up, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – the new movie (I highly recommend it) reminded me how timeless and relevant the stories of the four March sisters are.

Caitlin Morris

2019: Either Educated by Tara Westover or Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

2020: I’m looking forward to reading the Crescent City series by Sarah J. Maas (first book out March 3).

Cameron Marlin

2019: I really enjoyed Know My Name by Chanel Miller and I want everyone in the world to read it. I also really enjoyed Daisy Jones & the Six: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

2020: I am just about to start The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers.

Kate Collier

2019: Half Baked Harvest Super Simple by Tieghan Gerard

2020: The Mexican Keto Cookbook by Torie Borrelli

Laura Barwick

2019: For non-fiction I liked Exposure by Robert Bilott. For fiction I enjoyed The Institute by Stephen King, and all of C.J. Box’s books.

2020: I’m looking forward to C.J. Box’s new book (Long Range comes out March 3).

Jess Warren

2019: A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, and The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

2020: Know My Name by Chanel Miller, Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon, and The Wonder of Lost Causes by Nick Trout

Libby Caplan

2019: Circe by Madeline Miller

2020: I’m really excited about checking out historic newspapers in Clear Creek County! Thanks to the Colorado Historic Newspaper Association we have been able to add several more volumes.