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Best Books of 2020 as recommended by Clare County Library staff

Every Christmas Eve, the Icelandic people practice something called 'jolabokaflod,' which translates to 'Christmas book flood. ... Jolabokaflod involves giving books as presents on Christmas Eve, so that friends and family can spend the cozy night in curled up with a good story. We have exported and imported many Christmas traditions over the years but this is one us librarians would recommend - the Icelandic 'jolabokaflod’.
Looking for gift ideas? Or something to read yourself over the Christmas holidays, well look no further. Library staff have read, reviewed and recommended books published in 2020 including adult fiction, non-fiction, children’s fiction & non-fiction & Irish published fiction & non-fiction.
Don’t forget you can now order your library books online and we also have a range of ebooks and eaudio to choose from. There is something here for everyone and we hope you enjoy your holiday read.

Adult Fiction
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart   The Mirror and the Light by Hillary Mantel   Weather by Jenny Offill   Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman   Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld    

Irish Fiction
As You Were by Elaine Feeney   Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish short stories by Sinead Gleeson   Home stretch by Graham Norton   Strange Flowers by Donal Ryan   A page from my life : a selection of stories from Ray D'Arcy show listeners    

Adult Non-Fiction
Being the Supervet by Noel Fitzpatrick   Cook, eat, repeat, by Nigella Lawson   A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough   Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald   The boy, the mole, the fox by Charlie Mackesy    

Irish Non-Fiction
A Light that Never Goes Out by Keelin Shanley   Old Ireland in Colour by John Breslin and Sarah-Anne Buckley   That Place We Call Home by John Creedon   Ok, let’s do your Stupid Idea by Patrick Freyne   The Hill by Bernard Brogan and Kieran Shannon    

Clare Non-Fiction
Clare and the War of Independence by Joe Power   North Clare’s Fight for Freedom by Colm Hayes   Lanes and Bow Ways of Ennis by Larry Brennan for Clare Roots Society   Walk with Me: a literary journey in the time of Covid 19 in Co Clare. An anthology of writing collected by the North West Clare Writers Circle   Other Clare Volume 44. Journal of the Shannon Archaeological and Historical Society    

Picture Books
Reindeer Down by Natasha Mac a’Bhaird   Only A Tree Knows How to be A Tree by Mary Murphy   The One With The Waggly Tail: Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood by Sarah Webb and Steve McCarthy   Have You Seen the Dublin Vampire by Una Woods   Wee Donkey’s Treasure Hunt: An Adventure Around Ireland by Erika McGann    

Beginner Readers
Winne and Wilbur, The Santa Surprise by Laura Owen   Super Happy Magic Forest and the Humongous Fungus by Matty Long   Rabbit and Bear by By Julian Gough   Jasper and Scruff by Nicola Colton   Hotel Flamingo by Alex Milway  

Independent Readers
The Night I met Father Christmas by Ben Miller   A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan   The World’s Worst Parents by David Walliams   The Sound of Freedom by Ann Murtagh   The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle  

Young Adult
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber   The Boy Who Hit Play by Chloe Daykin   Splash by Charli Howard   The Last Zoo by Sam Gayton   The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave  

Children's Non-Fiction
Animal Crackers: Fantastic Facts About Your Favourite Animals by Sarah Webb and Alan Nolan   Break the Mould: How to Take Your Place in the World by Sinead Burke   Calm: Mindfulness For Kids by Wynne Kinder   Aim High: Irish Sports Stars, Trailblazers and Mavericks by Donny Mahoney   Tom Crean: The Brave Explorer by John and Fatti Burke  

Irish Language Books for Children and Teens
Asterix na nGallach, Scríofa le René Goscinny agus Maisithe le Albert Uderzo, Aistrithe le hAntain Mac Lochlainn   Dialann Emily Porter: An Jailtacht, Scríofa le Richie Conroy agus Maisithe le Don Conroy   Míp, Scríofa le Máire Zepf agus Maisithe le Paddy Donnelly   Daideo le Áine Ní Ghlinn   Lísín - Criú Nua ar Bord! Scríofa le Patricia Forde agus Maisithe le Joëlle Dreidemy