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Best Books of 2020: Home

Best Books of 2020


Check the library's catalog to see if we have a copy of a book you find on these lists.

Best Books of 2018

See lists of best books of the year from editors of the publications below

Check the Vermont State Colleges libraries' catalog to locate or request books.  The Castleton library doesn't own all of the books on the best books lists, but if there are some you think we should purchase, let us know. To borrow an item owned by the Johnson, Lyndon or Hartness libraries, click on "Place Request (Castleton)"  and log in.

Editors' Choices

The 10 Best Books of 2020 from the New York Times

100 Notable Books of 2020 from the New York Times

The 10 Best Books of 2020 from the Washington Post

Best Books of 2020 from Library Journal

Best Books of 2020 from Publisher's Weekly

Booklist Editors' Choice 2020

NPR's Book Concierge's 2020 Selections

Best of 2020 from Kirkus     Fiction  |  Nonfiction

Voters' Choice Awards

GoodReads Choice Awards 2020

Literary Awards

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction 2021 Finalists

Kirkus Prize

Man Booker Prize

Man Booker International Prize

National Book Award    Fiction | Nonfiction

Nobel Prize for Literature 2020

PEN Literary Awards

Pulitzer Prizes

Kids' Books

Booklist Editors' Choice Books for Youth 2020

School Library Journal's Best Books 2020

Horn Book Fanfare

2021 Notable Books for Children from the Association for Library Service to Children

Best of 2020 from Kirkus     Picture Books | Middle Grade | Young Adult

Best Books 2020 from Publisher's Weekly     Picture Books | Middle Grade | Young Adult

The 25 Best Children’s Books of 2020 from the New York Times

National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Cumulative list

Ultimate Best Books of 2020 List from

Best Books of the Decade

Lists from

Interlibrary loan

To request a book not owned by Castleton (for CU students, faculty, staff)

To request a book found in the Library Catalog, but held at another VSC library, click on "Place Request (Castleton)." 

For books not available in the VSC library system, search WorldCat (access from library website or research guide or this link) for the book and click on "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan," or use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form to enter information about the book (you will be prompted to log in to our Interlibrary Loan System using your Portal username and password). Pay attention to your Castleton email for follow-up.

Questions about interlibrary loan policies and procedures?
Kimberly Bailey at (802) 468-6062