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Best Reads 2021

2021 Best Reads

Each year, Colby Community Library Director Vicky Calmes compiles a list of favorite books.  The list for 2021 (20+20+1) contains 41 fiction titles for readers to enjoy while reading their way to the number one selection of the year.

  1. Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
  2. The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher
  3. The Forgotten Daughter by Joanna Goodman (Home for Unwanted Girls #2)
  4. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
  5. 37. Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane
  6. The Shadow Box by Luanne Rice
  7. The Return by Nicholas Sparks
  8. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  9. The House Guest by Mark Edwards
  10. The Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
  11. 31. What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman
  12. Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens
  13. Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
  14. Those Who Are Saved by Alexis Landau
  15. Hush Little Girl by Lisa Reagan (Detective Josie Quinn #11)
  16. Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig
  17. The Whisper Man by Alex North
  18. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
  19. We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
  20. Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney
  21. The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
  22. The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin
  23. Sooley by John Grisham
  24. 18. Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke
  25. The Ones We Leave Behind by Deanna Lynn Sletten
  26. The Letter Keeper by Charles Martin (Murphy Shepherd #2)
  27. Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel
  28. The Black Swan of Paris by Karen Robards
  29. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
  30. The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel
  31. The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
  32. The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer
  33. Mercy by David Baldacci (An Atlee Pine Thriller #4)
  34. The Three Sisters by Heather Morris (The Tattooist of Auschwitz #3)
  35. The World Played Chess by Robert Dugoni
  36. Falling by T.J. Newman
  37. The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian
  38. His and Hers by Alice Feeney
  39. One Two Three by Laurie Frankel
  40. Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly (Woolsey-Ferriday #3)


And the #1 Selection for 2021…

  1. The Push by Ashley Audrain

20+20 Best Reads

by Vicky Calmes, Colby Community Library Director

2020 was quite the year, as COVID-19 changed daily life. For me, it brought more reading time.

Here are my (20+20) best fiction reads of the year.

Best Fiction Reads

40. The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult
39. A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
38. Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer
37. Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera
36. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
35. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
34. The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
33. The End of Her by Shari Lapena
32. Playing Nice by J.P. Delaney
31. A Life Without Water by Marci Bolden
30. The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian
29. The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
28. The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
27. The Guardians by John Grisham
26. Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
25. Akin by Emma Donoghue
24. Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
23. The New Husband by D.J. Palmer
22. The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick
21. Where I Lost Her by T. Greenwood
20. The Lake Wobegon Virus by Garrison Keillor
19. We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
18. A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier
17. The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman
16. Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker
15. Wunderland by Jennifer Cody Epstein
14. Cilka’s Journey (The Tattooist of Auschwitz #2) by Heather Morris
13. A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards
12. The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman
11. The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
10. Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman
9. Paper Wife by Laila Ibrahim
8. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
7. A Time for Mercy (Jake Brigance #3) by John Grisham
6. Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
5. Long Bright River by Liz Moore
4. The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith
3. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
2. The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben
And my number one fiction title for 2020…..
1. A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram #1) by Darynda Jones 

Additional Fiction

But WAIT, there’s MORE! For additional fiction reading enjoyment, try these authors.

Some have written series; others have several stand-alone titles. Books by these authors were also some of my very favorites this year; they definitely would have made the top 40.

Because I read multiples titles by these authors, I didn’t include them in 20+20 list but am suggesting you read some of their novels. You won’t be disappointed!

• Lisa Regan
• Gregg Olsen
• Rachel Caine
• Linda Castillo
• Jennifer Hiller

Non-Fiction Reads: Top Seven Favorites of 2020

7. Peaceful Persistence: Essays on… by Michael Perry
6. Against Medical Advice by James Patterson
5. Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom
4. Women’s Work: A Reckoning with Work and Home by Megan K. Stack
3. Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
2. Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains by Cassie
And my number one non-fiction title for 2020…
1. Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate

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Tue. Noon - 7 pm
Wed. 9 am - 5 pm
Thurs. Noon - 7 pm
Fri. 9 am - 5 pm
Sat & Sun Closed
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