Books I Read and Loved in 2020

I did a lot of reading in 2020. Here are my favorite books, in no specific order.

Fiction:

The Institute by Stephen King

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Night Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates

No Exit by Taylor Adams

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Secrets and Other Stories of Suspense by Carolyn Hart

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country by C.J. Box

Nonfiction:

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron

The INFJ Writer: Cracking the Creative Genius of the World’s Rarest Type by Lauren Sapala

Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person by Hugh Prather

Talking to the Dead: Religion, Music, and Lived Memory Among Gullah/Geechee Women by LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion By Jia Tolentino

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean

The Art & Craft of the Short Story by Rick DeMarinis

Please let me know if you’ve read any amazing books this past year, including any on this list. I’m excited about the ones still to come! Happy New Year’s, Everyone, and Happy New Year of Reading! 😀

Books I Read and Loved in 2018 and 2019 *Updated December 2019*

Fiction:

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories by Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (my favorite author!)

1984 by George Orwell

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Lyndsay Faye

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Non-fiction:

Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir by Beth Kephart

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas

Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness by Daniel G. Amen

The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama XIV

The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes — and Why by Amanda Ripley

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence by Rachel Sherman

The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence by Gavin de Becker

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown

No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process by Colin Beavan

Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein

Essentialism by Greg Mckeown

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work by Matthew B Crawford