2020 book list and a request for recommendations

Keeping a book list in the back of my planner has helped tremendously with my reading the last few years. I create the list in January, and then add or change it as the year progresses. If I read only a handful of books, I’ll be happy — but somehow, making a list and knowing what’s going to come next (and being able to get a hold of them promptly) means reading many more than that! Also, it’s awfully fun to remember what I’ve read, and the score I gave them on a scale of 1-10.

So, here’s what I read in 2020:

The Measure of Success (completed), 4/10

A Girl of the Limberlost, 8/10

Coddling of the American Mind, 10/10


In the Garden of Beasts, 9/10


Of Whom the World Was Not Worthy, 9/10


In My Father’s House, 8/10


The Grand Escape, 8/10


Stop Calling Me Beautiful, 6/10


The Green Glass Sea, 10/10


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, 7/10


The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood, 8/10


Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, 9/10


We Were the Lucky Ones, 10/10


The Book Thief, 8/10


Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, 10/10


The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War, 10/10


In the Enemy’s House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies, 8/10


Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, in progress

What should I read this year? Let me know your recommendations!

1 Comment 2020 book list and a request for recommendations

  1. Jen

    Thanks for sharing! I LOVE Erik Larson. “Devil in the White City” is one of my favorite books of all time. Not an easy read but so good! This past year, my favorite read was “Becoming Mrs Lewis” by Patti Henry. I don’t reach much non-fiction at all but this past year, I loved “Stop Calling Me Beautiful” by Phylicia Masonheimer and “You’re not Enough and That’s Okay” by Allie Stucky. Some of my favorite fiction authors are Greg Iles, Fannie Flagg, and Chris Bohjalian. I think my very favorite book of all time is “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier. It’s a hard read. I recommend watching the movie first and then reading the book. Happy Reading!

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