Goodreads Staffers Share Their Top Three Books of the Year

Posted by Sharon on December 1, 2020
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Every December, as we wrap up our annual Goodreads Reading Challenge, we ask our book-loving colleagues a simple yet incredibly tough question:
 
What were your three favorite books you read this year?

Oh, the agony! The internal debates! The anguish we caused our coworkers as they whittled down their lists to just their top few books! Hopefully our carefully considered staff picks will inspire additions to your Want to Read shelf.

You'll notice that our reading habits run the gamut. But careful perusal unveils some office favorites, including lots of love for The Vanishing Half, the novels of Yaa Gyasi, and Ijeoma Oluo's So You Want to Talk About Race.

Now it's your turn! What are your top three books of the year? Please share them with us in the comments!


Cybil Wallace, Senior Editor
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Bella Wong, Account Manager
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Steve Sarner, VP of Ad Sales
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Roshni Patel, Senior Marketing Manager
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Sharon Hsu, Associate Editor
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Bryce Weitzel, Head of Sales Development and Marketing
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Sam Nirenberg, Financial Analyst
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Jon Nguyen, Product Manager
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Mimi Chan, Senior Marketing Manager
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Pooja Desai, Software Development Engineer
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Your turn! What are your top three reads of 2020? Share them with us in the comments!

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