Our favorite books of the year report on issues ranging from teenage sexuality to Big Tech, while also telling deeply human stories.
"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall," F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote. If this singularly unusual year has left you feeling remiss about your reading goals, don't sweat it—fall is the perfect time to start over. Why not overhaul your routines to accommodate more reading time? In this age of distraction and despair, it's easy to lose touch with healthy habits, but adopting a regular practice of reading is a small change with big payoff. Surely that hour before bed would be better spent enjoying a good book than doomscrolling or watching your thousandth House Hunters rerun.
Our favorite books of 2020 are the ideal place to double down on your commitment to reading. Whether you’re looking to lose yourself in a novel that will transport you to another place or explore the multifaceted world of short stories, there’s something here for you. Our favorite reads of the year range from incisive reporting on hot button subjects like Silicon Valley and the housing crisis to exemplary, absorbing fiction about such diverse subjects as family, identity, and romance. With a slate of books this good, you'll have your homework cut out for you in no time. Watch this space—we'll be adding more as the year progresses.