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— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Our colleague Mary Cadden from the USA TODAY Life team is here to share book recommendations from USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list.
Not sure what to give the reader in your life this holiday season? A bestseller may be your best bet.
USA TODAY has rounded up 10 novels from 2020 that have made an appearance on the USA TODAY Best-Selling Books list. From romance to race and historical to horror, there’s sure to be a title for most readers on your list.
“Midnight Sun,” by Stephenie Meyer. Teased for over a decade, the long-anticipated retelling of the original “Twilight” love story from vampire Edward Cullen’s perspective finally hit shelves in August. It debuted at No. 1 on USA TODAY’s list and has remained a bestseller.
“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” by Suzanne Collins. We all know Coriolanus Snow as a villain. But how did he get to be the dictatorial president of Panem? Could we have been wrong about him this whole time? Collins’ highly anticipated prequel to “The Hunger Games,” published in May, is set 64 years before the events of the hit series. The novel debuted at No. 1 on USA TODAY’s list and continues to be a bestseller.
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“All Adults Here,” by Emma Straub. When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident, it shakes up her life and the lives of those she loves: She decides to come clean with her family about her relationship with her female hairdresser. Our reviewer wrote: “Reading ‘All Adults Here,’ you feel like maybe your life isn’t so small, that its minor joys and pitfalls are worthy of literature. If only Straub could be the one to document it.”
“A Time for Mercy,” by John Grisham. Southern lawyer Jake Brigance, who readers were first introduced to in “A Time to Kill,” returns and defends a 16-year-old boy who is accused of murdering a local deputy. The book debuted at No. 1 on USA TODAY’s list in October and has remained on the list since. As a bonus for Grisham fans, the author’s novel “Camino Winds,” published in April, has also been a bestseller.
“The Vanishing Half,” by Brit Bennett (Photo: Riverhead Books)
“The Vanishing Half,” by Brit Bennett. Bennett’s deeply compelling new novel depicts a Southern community born from the legacy of slavery and twin sisters of color who choose to live in two different worlds: one Black and one white. The novel was a “Good Morning America” book club pick and also