Today was hard.
Every year, my team and I evaluate hundreds of books to select our winners for the Non-Obvious Book Awards and it’s tough. Judging books and picking winners means that many great books won’t make the list. Still – the ones that do are worth sharing.
As part of the program this year, we also did something new: identifying some big trends and themes across many books that we received. So here are some of the biggest patterns we noticed, books that we selected and our top five picks for the absolute BEST non-fiction books of the year. Enjoy!
The Shortlist & Winners
Here were our top 15 selections for the best books of the year, including picks for the top five honors:
2020 Most Important Book of the Year: Make Change by Shaun King
2020 Most Entertaining Book of the Year: Lurking by Joanna McNeil
2020 Most Useful Book of the Year: True or False by Cindy L. Otis
2020 Most Original Book of the Year: The Lost Family by Libby Copeland
2020 Most Shareable Book of the Year: Humankind by Rutger Bregman
Top Ten Biggest Book Trends/Themes:
These were the top ten biggest themes we found in books published this year:
The theme of #inequality showed up in many different topics of books, from several focused on corruption to others breaking down the market success of traders who gamed the system successfully to make hundreds of millions of dollars while others suffered. Ultimately, some books (Read more...)