What I Read in 2020

Each month I blog about what I’ve read. I do this primarily because I tend to forget the plot of a book about 10 minutes after I’ve finished reading it, and therefore I often forget what I’ve read (and I read a lot!). So my blogs serve as a reminder and a reading record.  One of my reading goals this year was to keep better track of what kind of books I was reading by type and by author.

Below are my stats for the year. Since this is the first year I’ve done this, I’m not sure how many books I’ve read outside of my “bubble” in past years, but I know it wasn’t as many as this, since I was making conscious choices this year. The number still seems small considering how many books I read overall, so this is a continuous goal. I think it’s so important to read diverse books, as reading allows you experience things you can’t do or understand in your own life.

Fiction: 52

Nonfiction: 19

Young Adolescent: 9

Audiobooks: 12

Author is of or plot addresses a different race/ethnicity, orientation, religion than me: 23

Female author: 51

Male Author: 21

Nonbinary Author: 1

One other fact I decided to count at the end of the year was how many books I read through my library e-reader (i.e., for free!): 39

I also like to compete with my own reading records from previous years, so here is a summary of how many books I’ve read the last few years. While I didn’t break my 2019 record this year, I read more than each of the other years on this list.

  • 2020: 71
  • 2019: 89
  • 2018: 55
  • 2017: 59
  • 2016: 69
  • 2015: 44

For my final list of what I read this year, I’ve included ** in front of my favorite books of the year.

  1. Inside Out by Demi Moore [audiobook]
  2. **City of Girls  by Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson
  4. Marcelo and the Real World by Francisco X. Stork [audiobook]
  5. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  6. Relentless: Changing Lives by Disrupting The Educational Norm by Hamish Brewer
  7. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  8. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
  9. My Life Has Been A Bowl of Cherries by Louise Bond Dowling Vincent
  10. **The Institute by Stephen King
  11. **Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
  12. On The Come Up by Angie Thomas [audiobook]
  13. Open Book by Jessica Simpson [audiobook]
  14. **The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  15. Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow [audiobook]
  16. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
  17. **The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  18. The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
  19. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  20. They Call Me “Mr. De” by Frank DeAngelis
  21. A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell
  22. Sea Wife by Amity Gaige
  23. **Untamed by Glennon Doyle [audiobook]
  24. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
  25. The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
  26. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  27. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  28. **How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  29. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
  30. Beach Read by Emily Henry
  31. The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben
  32. Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
  33. Stealth by Stuart Woods
  34. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds [audiobook]
  35. **Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan [audiobook]
  36. Treason by Stuart Woods
  37. **Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla Saad
  38. **When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal
  39. **White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  40. **The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  41. Deacon King Kong by James McBride
  42. All Adults Here by Emma Straub
  43. Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory
  44. Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World by Anthony Doerr
  45. Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn
  46. The Last Flight by Julie Clark
  47. Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
  48. Life Will Be the Death of Me by Chelsea Handler [audiobook]
  49. The Likeness by Tana French
  50. Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes) by Mindy Kaling [audiobook]
  51. Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
  52. Thrive Through The Five: Practice Truths to Powerfully Lead Through Challenging Times by Dr. Jill M. Siler
  53. Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown [audiobook]
  54. The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle
  55. So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  56. **Coaching for Equity: Conversations that Change Practice by Elena Aguilar
  57. When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
  58. The End of Her by Shari Lapena
  59. **The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  60. ** Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane
  61. Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben
  62. Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World by Scott Harrison [audiobook]
  63. Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
  64. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  65. Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
  66. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  67. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
  68. One Life by Megan Rapinoe
  69. Hit List by Stuart Woods
  70. Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin
  71. The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

To read more about what I thought of each of these, you can look back at my monthly summary posts. That’s what I do when I need to remind myself of a book or an author.





I’d love to hear what your favorite books of the year were in the comments.

About Amy's Reflections

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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3 Responses to What I Read in 2020

  1. Andree Grey says:

    I am happy to report I finished Pretty Little Wife (loved it) and will finish The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo today! Thank you for taking the time to do this blog and providing great recommendations!


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