In Episode 72, Catherine Gilmore (@gilmoreguide) and I share the best backlist books we read in 2020 and the high priority backlist books on our TBR lists.
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- Catherine and my 2020 backlist reading stats.
- Things that motivate Catherine and I to read more backlist throughout the year.
- The pressure Catherine and I sometimes feel to read mostly new releases (which inhibits our backlist reading).
The Top 5 Backlist Books We Read in 2020 [9:55]
- Know My Name by Chanel Miller (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [10:06]
- Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh | Buy from Amazon [13:17]
- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb | Buy from Amazon [17:02]
- I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [20:19]
- American Predator by Maureen Callahan (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [25:02]
- Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (My Review)| Buy from Amazon [11:23]
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy | Buy from Amazon [14:32]
- American Royals by Katharine McGee | Buy from Amazon [18:11]
- The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman | Buy from Amazon [22:08]
- All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg (My Review) | Buy from Amazon[26:33]
2020 Backlist Underrated Gems [29:07]
- The Elephant in the Room by Tommy Tomlinson (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [29:14]
- My Times Among the Whites by Jennine Capo Crucet | Buy from Amazon [33:16]
- The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao | Buy from Amazon [31:20]
- The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [34:45]
Big Name Backlist Books We Finally Read in 2020 [36:57]
- Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [37:07]
- Evicted by Matthew Desmond (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [39:14]
- Blowout by Rachel Maddow | Buy from Amazon [38:16]
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee | Buy from Amazon [40:19]
Authors Whose Backlist We’ve Been Meaning to Dig Into [41:46]
- The Girls of Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe | Buy from Amazon [41:59]
- Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett| Buy from Amazon [44:16]
- The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson | Buy from Amazon [43:03]
- Case Histories by Kate Atkinson| Buy from Amazon [45:54]
High Priority Backlist Books on our TBR Lists [46:58]
- Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke | Buy from Amazon [47:01]
- Kindred by Octavia Butler | Buy from Amazon [48:01]
- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro | Buy from Amazon [49:39]
- The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen | Buy from Amazon [51:01]
- Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow | Buy from Amazon [52:36]
- Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuckoff | Buy from Amazon [53:03]
- The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan | Buy from Amazon [47:32]
- Philistines at the Hedgerow by Steven Gaines | Buy from Amazon [48:32]
- The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon | Buy from Amazon [50:15]
- The Story of the Great British Bake Off by Anita Singh | Buy from Amazon [51:58]
- Another City, Not My Own by Dominick Dunne | Buy from Amazon [53:16]
Other Books Mentioned
- Majesty by Katharine McGee (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [19:06]
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [22:36]
- Mindhunter by John E. Douglas | Buy from Amazon [25:59]
- The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule | Buy from Amazon [26:07]
- All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (My Review)| Buy from Amazon [26:33]
- Writers and Lovers by Lily King (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [26:59]
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan | Buy from Amazon [32:15]
- Miracle Creek by Angie Kim (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [37:31]
- Long Bright River by Liz Moore (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [37:31]
- The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [42:09]
- Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson | Buy from Amazon [43:59]
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson | Buy from Amazon [45:55]
- Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke | Buy from Amazon [47:27]
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro | Buy from Amazon [50:00]
- The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen | Buy from Amazon [51:22]
- She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey | Buy from Amazon [52:36]
- The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff (My Review) | Buy from Amazon [53:03]
- “Hijacked by Grief”, The Guardian (editorial by Lucy Grealy’s sister)
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