Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Goodreads Plumps for “Guest List”

Since the end of October, the social cataloguing Web site Goodreads has been polling people to determine which new books from 2020 they thought were best. Three rounds of voting have finally produced winners in 20 different categories of Choice Awards.

Lucy Foley’s The Guest List (Morrow) picked up the most votes in the Best Mystery & Thriller category, favored by 73,605 people. Rounding out the top five are Home Before Dark, by Riley Sager (Dutton); The Sun Down Motel, by Simone St. James (Berkley); When No One Is Watching, by Alyssa Cole (Morrow); and The Wives, by Tarryn Fisher (Graydon House). The 20 nominees also included Tana French’s The Searcher (Viking), Robert Galbraith’s Troubled Blood (Sphere), Ruth Ware’s One by One (Scout Press), and my personal favorite here, The Devil and the Dark Water, by Stuart Turton (Sourcebooks Landmark).

Among the other Goodreads Choice Award winners this year are Barack Obama’s A Promised Land (Best Memoir & Autobiography), Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic (Best Horror), Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library (Best Fiction), and Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (Best History & Biography).

Again, you will find the winners and full lists of contenders here.

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