My ten-year mission to read a book a week (on average) continues! Unlike last year, 2020 was not a year to overachieve; I just squeaked by with 52 books, and am plenty satisfied with that. My average over four years is now 53 books / year, not leaving me a ton of wiggle room for 2021.
Here is everything I read this year, starting with the most recent. Keep scrolling to learn which ones I loved most and what I’m excited to read in 2021. Also, let’s connect if you’re on Goodreads!
5 Favorites from 2020:
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins- Super intense, heart-wrenching, and relevant to current events. My favorite book of the year, and the only fiction on this list.
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker- A fascinating and tragic account of a family with 12 kids, 6 of them diagnosed with schizophrenia.
She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey- All about #MeToo, the brave voices behind the movement, and the painstaking reporting that brought it to the forefront of national consciousness.
American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee- An especially fitting read this year because Colorado recently voted for the reintroduction of wolves! It reads like a story and will turn just about anyone into a wolf fan.
Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey- Shocked by how much I enjoyed this (I barely knew anything about McConaughey beyond his acting and Texas roots). He’s a great writer and story-teller, and his memoir is one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to.
5 I’m Excited to Read in 2020:
A Promised Land by Barack Obama- I’m a quarter in and loving it.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit, & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal by Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz
What Is a Girl Worth? My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics by Rachael Denhollander