The first Babysitter's Club book, Kristy's Great Idea, was published back in 1986 and author Ann M. Martin went on to write 36 more, selling millions of copies and garnering devoted young fans. Now the Babysitter's Club series has won over a whole new generation of readers as graphic novels and a hit TV series adaptation on Netflix. We are still waiting for the second season, but in the meantime the books are still keeping us going, and the eighth graphic novel, Logan Likes Mary Anne!, continues to receive top reviews from readers since its recent release.
We asked Martin what books have been keeping her busy this year, and here's what she had to say:
"When the pandemic hit and our country shut down in March, I turned to several quiet pastimes for comfort and entertainment. Of course, reading headed the list. As a child, I liked nothing better than losing myself in a good story. As I've grown older and the world has grown more complicated, reading has become a necessity—not just as an escape or as a way to center myself, but also as a way to try to make sense of things. It's a pleasure to be able to recommend four of my favorite reads from 2020."
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin J. DiAngelo
The complexities of racism and interrupting racism are examined in straightforward language. DiAngelo's words may not land easily on white ears, but keep reading. This is certainly the most important book I’ve ever read. Unforgettable.
The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
This was one of the first books I read after the shutdown. Set in Ireland and the US, and spanning decades, this story, by the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, is engaging and tragic—and also made me laugh out loud on nearly every page.
All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny
This is the 16th installment in Penny's delightful series of mysteries starring Armand Gamache. A new book by Penny is the highlight of every year for me.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
First published in 1939, this is one of my favorite re-reads. I'm in as much awe of Steinbeck as a wordsmith as I am of his classic story.
The author of the best-selling series, "The Babysitter's Club," recommends four books that have helped her get lost in a good story, and make sense of things this year.