2020 in reading

Favorites are bolded. Authors are included for the harder-to-Google books.

1/5 Fever Dream, Samanta Schweblin
1/14 Uncanny Valley
1/21 By Night in Chile
1/27 Young China

2/8 A Baker’s Year
2/17 Girl, Woman, Other
2/24 Trust Exercise
2/26 Draft No. 4

3/16 Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
3/18 Palaces for the People
3/24 Chemistry, Weike Wang

4/11 Flights, Olga Tokarczuk
4/19 Song of Achilles

5/1 Moby Dick
5/9 American War
5/16 How to Relax, Thich Nhat Hahn
5/26 Carry On, Jeeves
5/29 Inner Game of Tennis (wrote about it here)
5/31 Days of Distraction

6/8 The Glass Hotel
6/8 Siddhartha
6/21 Writing Down the Bones

7/11 Invisible Man
7/12 The Fifth Season
7/28 Department of Speculation

8/1 Mama Day
8/10 American Spy
8/14 The Dance of Intimacy
8/19 And Then We Grew Up
8/22 Tomorrow in the Battle Think of Me
8/29 Utopia Avenue
8/31 Obsessed: Building a Brand People Love from Day One

9/6 Severance, Ling Ma
9/7 Last Night in Nuuk
9/13 Summer, Ali Smith
9/18 No Hard Feelings
9/21 Big Friendship
9/30 News of the World

10/3 Burnout, Anne Helen Peterson
10/9 Make Time
10/9 China in 10 Words
10/12 An Unnecessary Woman
10/14 Mating in Captivity
10/17 First, Break All the Rules
10/18 Intimations
10/24 Disappearing Earth

11/1 The Guest Cat
11/3 The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp
11/7 China Dream
11/8 Weather, Jenny Offill
11/13 Winesburg, Ohio
11/25 Made to Stick
11/25 The Practice, Seth Godin
11/25 The Mezzanine
11/29 Drive Your Plow

12/3/20 How to Decide, Annie Duke
12/13 The Art of Asking
12/19 The Jakarta Method
12/26 Hamnet

perspective check!

Of these 59 books…

  • 58% were by women
  • 36% were by POC [having this as a binary is way too blunt, but it gives me a rough sense]
  • 19% were published 20+ years ago

other stats

  • 58% were fiction, of which 70% were for book clubs.
    • Book club reading accounted for 41% of my overall reading last year
  • Of the nonfiction books, my biggest categories were creativity/writing (6), relationships (4), and work (4).

You can also read 2019’s roundup, energetically assembled before the pandemic: