2020 Books

By popular demand (and also because I feel this digital record fits my blogging goals & style) — here is my own personal list of 2020 books, including those already read and those I plan to read in future quintiles. I get my picks from a combination of sources but my favorite is Modern Mrs. Darcy! Definitely check out her blog and podcast if you haven’t already.

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All of that said, you certainly do not have to use amazon to check these titles out. I personally mostly use the library (grateful for this resource on a daily basis). Independent bookstores are also wonderful to support – look up your local shop or explore on IndieBound. And if you are looking for anti-racism books (or to support Black business-owners in general), find great places to shop on this list.

Symbols Key:

If I really enjoyed a book and can highly recommend it, there will be a ✅

If I obsessively tore through a book and loved it, there will be a ♥️

Don’t get me wrong; I still enjoyed many of the others! The icons are reserved for standouts. If I abandon a book, I will remove it from this list.

2020 TOTAL THUS FAR: 50 (12.31.20, 18 nonfiction / 32 fiction)

Q1: Jan – Spring Break

The Lager Queen of Minnesota by Ryan Stradal ✅ Finished 1/3

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mendel. (NOTE: This almost get a heart because it’s a fascinating read (and thought experiment), but it haunted me too much after the fact even BEFORE COVID-19 broke out. Sensitive people would NOT benefit from reading this now.) Finished 1/7

Your Money Or Your Life by Vicki Robin Finished 2/11

Celine by Peter Heller ✅ Finished 1/19

Indistractible by Nir Ayal Finished 2/8

The Snow Child by Even Iver Finished 2/20

Mindset by Carol Dweck Finished 2/15

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett ♥️ Finished 3/5

(Not a ton of reading initially after the outbreak began — too shellshocked to concentrate, I think!)

Q2: Spring Break to End of School Year

The Antidote to Everything by Kimmery Martin ✅ Finished 3/31

Topeka School by Ben Lerner Finished 4/17

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton ✅ Finished 5/20

The Cortlandt Boys by Laura Vanderkam ♥️ Finished 4/17

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary Finished 5/1

How Artists Work by Mason Currey Finished 5/14

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson ♥️ Finished 5/5

The Getting Things Done Workbook by David Allen Finished 5/22

I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel ✅ Finished 5/24

Q3 SUMMER (ie, whole portion with kids out of school)

Joy at Work by Marie Kondo Finished 6/20

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles ♥️ Finished 6/16

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld ♥️ Finished 6/28

Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler Finished 10/10

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi ♥️ Finished 9/2

Big Summer by Jennifer Wiener ♥️ Finished 7/20

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (resident book club pick!) ✅ Finished 8/20

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid ♥️ Finished 8/2

Beach Read by Emily Henry Finished 7/15

How to Stop Losing Your Sh!T With Your Kids by Carla Naumburg ♥️ Finished 7/24

Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton ✅ Finished 9/7

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ♥️ Finished 7/8

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett ❤️ Finished 8/29

Sex & Vanity by Kevin Kwan ✅ Finished 8/11

Q4: Back to SCHOOL (dare we hope . . . ) to Halloween

The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachie ✅ Finished 9/18

Citizen by Claudia Rankine ✅ Finished 9/30

I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman Finished 10/10

I’d Give Anything by Marisa de los Santos ❤️ Finished 10/27

Brunch & Other Obligations by Suzanne Nugent Finished 10/17

Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn Finished 9/27

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum ✅ Finished 9/18

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson ❤️ Finished 10/4

Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West ❤️ Finished 10/20

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo ✅ Finished 10/29

Q5: End of Year Reflection (Nov 1 – Dec 30)

Deacon King Kong by James McBride ❤️ Finished 11/11

Essentialism by Greg McKeon Finished 11/17

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler ❤️ Finished 11/21

Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing and Underliving by Celeste Headlee Finished 11/29

Writers & Lovers by Lily King Finished 11/19

This Tender Land by William Kent Kreuger ❤️ Finished 12/1

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The Paper Organizing Solution by Lisa Woodruff ❤️ Finished 12/26

The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell’Antonia Finished 12/21

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes ❤️ Finished 12/26

Plus likely catchup & TBD!!!