Okay, so NOW it's 2020, at least going by the bevy of lists that have found their way to my inbox. Let's take a look, shall we?
Let's kick off with Library Journal's 200 Titles to Watch! They introduce the list with these words, emphasis added by me: "Choosing 200 titles to represent an entire year’s worth of books is no easy task. Those here are suggested as the most important but also tell a story of where our interests lie as readers and a nation. Our newest residents, race relations, climate change, political tensions—all are issues reflected in 2020’s fiction and nonfiction..."
When we think about what our patrons are interested in reading, it's easy to think of specific patrons - the mystery reader who loves culinary cozies or the romance reader who only likes historicals. But it's important to take the wider view, too, because what's going on in your community, the country, and the world is infusing the public discourse, and a well-curated library collection is a part of that discourse. I could go on (and I will, in person), but for now, more lists!
The Millions takes on the first half of the year with its Most Anticipated preview, Oprah Magazine picks 30 titles for 2020, and Off the Shelf features 20 amazing authors and their 2020 releases. We've also got picks from Town and Country, Real Simple, and the New York Times. I particularly like this Washington Post article about choosing your 2020 reads based on your 2019 favorites. (This would also make a great display!)
Looking for a crop of new titles for your mystery and thriller readers? Entertainment Weekly has a whole winter thriller preview to check out, and CrimeReads has the most anticipated crime books of 2020, 8 true crime podcasts to listen to, AND some new series coming this year.
Finally, #FridayReads: The stack of books that went unread at the end of 2019 has been replaced by a different stack of books that may potentially be read at the beginning of 2020! My devotion to the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen videos on Youtube has led me to Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family - though I'd like to think I would have found this cookbook anyway, because it's so visually appealing. I've also finally gotten my hands on Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, which I've wanted to read since hearing an interview with the author. Happy reading!