With the end of 2020 came the traditional surge of “Top Books” lists. The first I encountered was was the New York Times “Top 10 Best Books of 2020,” in which the editors of The Times Book Review chose the best fiction and nonfiction titles of 2020. Other than Barack Obama’s memoir (which had only come out near the end of the year), I had heard of none of the titles and, after reading the blurbs, I’m unlikely to investigate any of them further. I’m guessing I am not the target audience of those book review editors.
No surprise – there was not a romance novel in sight on the list.
Next up was the “100 Notable Books of 2020” also by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. I figured a list of 100 titles would cover a broader range of books. My mistake. After reading through it, I mentally renamed this list “98 books I’ve never heard of.”