I'm a reader. I've always loved to read as I enjoy the escapism that comes from diving into a good book. But, the last few years have seen a decline in how many books I read and an increase in time spent instead on apps such as Instagram and Twitter. It really is a sad commentary on the way society as a whole absorbs information these days, and it was a bad habit I intended to break.
So, I challenged myself to reading at least 1 book a month in 2020, by reading a bit every day. A fairly easy goal by anyone's standards, but I dislike being unable to follow through with goals, so I intentionally set the bar low, not realizing I'd end up with a lot of free time on my hands this year thanks to COVID. Now here I am at the end of the year and I've managed to read 44 books. Yep, I crushed it and now I've set a new goal for myself for 2021. Again the bar is low, but my new goal is 21 books in 2021.
Anyway... I thought some of you might enjoy reading the titles I read this year, so I've compiled a list just for you! They are listed in the order in which they were read, not in the order of best to worst or anything like that. For the most part I enjoyed all the books I picked out, with an exception here and there. But I'll let you make up your own mind, because we don't all like the same stuff, ya know?
In this list there are some old books, some newish, some obscure that I read simply because they were free on Amazon, and so on. You'll also find some memoirs, poetry, short stories, self help, guilty pleasure fiction, as well as the ever loved historical fiction genre. Also I read all 6 of the Mindy Kaling Essays on Amazon and that equals a book, right? There is seriously something here for everyone, so enjoy!
1) Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan
2) China Rich Girlfriend - Kevin Kwan
3) Rich People Problems - Kevin Kwan
4) Talking To Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell
5) Dear Girls - Ali Wong
6) This Will Only Hurt A Little - Busy Philipps
7) Bossypants - Tina Fey
8) Seriously... I'm Kidding - Ellen Degeneres
10) Zen and The Art of Happiness - Chris Prentiss
12) The Minimalist Budget - Simeon Lindstrom
13) Becoming - Michelle Obama
14) Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson
15) The Alice Network - Kate Quinn
16) A Concise Guide to Ancient Gods, Heroes, Beliefs, and Myths of Greek Mythology
18) The Last House Guest - Megan Miranda
19) The Scent Keeper - Erica Bauermeister
21) Love: A Selection of Famous Poems - Various Authors
22) Pachinko - Min Jin lee
23) The Mindful Geek - Michael W Taft
24) Dear Midnight - Zack Grey
25) Happiness - Heather Harpham
27) Milk and Honey - Rupi Kaur
28) From Scratch - Tembi Locke
30) The Sun and The Flowers - Rupi Kaur
31) The Last Train to London - Meg Waite Clayton
32) Love Her Wild - Atticus
33) The Night Tiger - Yangsze Choo
34) Born Survivors - Wendy Holden
35) The Proposal - Jasmine Guillory
36) This Is How It Always Is - Laurie Frankel
37) The Unwinding of the Miracle - Julie Yip-Williams
39) Empath - Judy Dyer
41) Time Out - Emma Murray
42) One Day in Summer - Shari Low
43) If You Ask Me: (And Of Course You Won't) - Betty White
44) Fatigue - Jennifer Acker
Until next time, make sure you are following me on Instagram and Twitter and remember to be kind, be loving, & be better!