Looking for new books to read? Washington State Librarian features 20 Books in 20 Minutes September 17

Photo by Cheryl Landes

Updated September 17, 2020

One of the positive aspects of the pandemic for many of us, myself included, is that we’ve had more time to read for personal enjoyment. Some of us, like me, are catching up on a long reading list. Others want to explore new genres or new authors. And others want to expand their reading options but don’t know where to start.

Wherever you are in this journey, this event might be of interest:

On Thursday, September 17, at noon Pacific time, join Washington State Librarian Carolyn Petersen as she shares “20 Books in 20 Minutes”. She’ll review 10 fiction and 10 non-fiction titles in this fun, informative presentation.

There are two ways you can access this presentation:

  • Call (253) 215-8782. When prompted, enter ID number 882 4836 9904 from your phone’s keypad, then enter passcode 786221.     
  • In a web browser, navigate to Zoom and click or tap “Join a meeting”. Enter meeting ID number 882 4836 9904 and passcode 786221.

“20 Books in 20 Minutes” is sponsored by the Pierce County School Retirees Association.

Update, September 17, 2020

Here are the 20 books that were featured during Carolyn Petersen’s presentation today:


  • This Time Next Year We’ll be Laughing, Jacqueline Winspear
  • Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote, Ellen Carol Dubois
  • The Women with Silver Wings, Katherine Sharp Landdeck
  • Paris in Love, Eloisa James
  • The Man in the Red Coat, Julian Barnes
  • Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson
  • The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking), Katie Mack
  • Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned Our World, John Halpern
  • Emperors of the Deep: Sharks, William McKeever


  • Color of Air, Gail Tsukiyama
  • Final Cut, S.J. Watson
  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Set the Stars Alight, Amanda Dykes
  • The River, Peter Heller
  • A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine
  • The London Restoration, Rachel McMillan
  • The Lost and Found Bookshop, Susan Wiggs
  • A Rising Man, Abir Mukherjee
  • The Lions of Fifth Avenue, Fiona Davis

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