2020 was a good year for reading, even if it wasn’t good for much else.
I read 83 books (up from 70 in 2019) and started many more I abandoned partway through. I’m not sure if my high DNF rate was because I didn’t get to browse books first in the library/bookstore before I dove in, or because I frequently found it hard to settle down to read.
I’m teaching AP Literature this year, so a lot of titles were for school. Standouts among these reads were:
- Jane Eyre (Bronte)
- Their Eyes Were Watching God (Hurston)
- The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare)
- Americanah (Adichie)
I’m also studying economics with my high schoolers and have been reading economics books. My favorites included:
- Doughnut Economics (Raworth)
- Deep Economy (McKibben)
- Freakonomics (Levitt and Dubner)
The clear standout in my reading this year was Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist. I read it with our church small group, and the pace and weekly discussions in community helped me spend enough time not just to read it, but to process it.
As I mentioned in my post on 2019 reading, fiction is my jam.
I enjoyed Louise Penny, Margaret Mizushima and Julia Spencer-Fleming’s new releases, as well as two more Vanderbeeker books by Yan Glaser.
New-to-me authors I enjoyed included Donnell Ann Bell, Lori Frankel, Tessa Dare, Maria Semple, Uzma Jalaluddin and Kate Clayborn.
My daughter and I continued plowing through Ally Carter’s series, first the Gallagher Girls and now Heist Society.
Did 2020 help or hurt your reading life, and how?