2020 Book List

List of books read in 2020. By the numbers:

  • 48 books read this year
  • 20 fiction, 28 non-fiction
  • 28 of 48 by white male authors

I planned to increase my reading of BIPOC and female/non-binary authors. Even in a year with increased attention on race relations, I increased my percentage only slightly, from 34% in 2019 to 41% in 2020.

These days my personal definition of “read” does not discern among reading a paper book, on a screen, or listening to the audio version, though I concede these are not the same experience. A few audiobooks stood out to me this year as enhanced by the format: So You Want to Talk about Race; Daisy Jones and the Six; and Star Wars – Thrawn trilogy.

In bold are those books that moved me, urged me toward action, or were simply my favorite reads.

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
How to be Anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo
My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
Now is the Time to Open Your Heart by Alice Walker
Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem
The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
Nine Lies about Work by Marcus Buckingham & Ashley Goodall
Unthinking by Harry Beckwith
Good Strategy / Bad Strategy by Richard P. Rumelt
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner
Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin
Why we Sleep by Matthew Walker
The Wild Diet by Able James
The Align Method by Aaron Alexander
Own the Day, Own your Life by Aubrey Marcus
Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman by Richard Feynman
Genius Life by Max Lugavere
Breathe by Belisa Vranich
Anam Cara by John O’Donahue
Purple Cow by Seth Godin
Walt Disney Imagineering by the Imagineers
Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke
Decide to Play Great Poker by Annie Duke

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
Edge Dancer by Brandon Sanderson
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Tinkers by Paul Harding
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Star Wars – Dark Disciple by Christie Golden
Star Wars – Queen’s Shadow by EK Johnston
Star Wars – Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray
Star Wars – Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Star Wars – Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn
Star Wars – Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn
Star Wars – From a Certain Point of View by Various Authors
Star Wars – Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig
Star Wars – Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig
Star Wars – Aftermath by Chuck Wendig
Star Wars – A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Cordova
Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire by Delilah Dawson