Ten Memorable Books From 2020 And Ten To Read In 2021

Two years ago, when I started tracking how many books I was reading in earnest, I wrote a wrap up highlighting some of my favorites and listing some I planned to read the following year. I skipped last year, but I’ve gotten a few requests this year to pick it back up again so I am back at it! In the interest of completeness, I’m going to start with the ten books I said I was excited about in my first round up and say whether or not I read them, because transparency is a good thing and it’s always nice to remind people that sometimes things don’t go as planned. In May 2019, I said I was looking forward to reading the following books:

Fiction

✅ A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Non-Fiction

✅ Grit by Angela Duckworth

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Fiction

Normal People — Sally Rooney
The Vanishing Half — Brit Bennett
The English Patient — Michael Ondaatje
All Adults Here — Emma Straub
The Three-Body Problem — Liu Cixin (translated by Ken Liu)

Non-Fiction

The Book of Delights — Ross Gay
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People — Stephen Covey
Lights Out — Thomas Gryta and Ted Mann
The Splendid And The Vile — Erik Larson
Caste — Isabel Wilkerson

Fiction

Wolf Hall — Hilary Mantel
Memorial — Bryan Washington
Axiom’s End — Lindsey Ellis
The Mercies — Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Homeland Elegies — Ayad Akhtar

Non-Fiction

The Language of God — Francis S. Collins
The Four — Scott Galloway
Frankenstein’s Cat — Emily Anthes
Range — David Epstein
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down — Anne Fadiman

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