2020 Reading List

Whatever grand plans I originally had about the books I was going to read in 2020 went entirely out the window about halfway through March, along with many other plans. I still tried to focus on authors who were Black, indigenous, immigrant, queer or part of other marginalized groups, but when the libraries unexpectedly closed, my reading options was suddenly limited to whatever I bought from my local bookstore or was already in the house. These 42 books span 81 years, from 1939 to 2020. Several of the books link to comparisons of the original texts and film adaptations.

  1. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (2017) by Sherman Alexie
  2. Go Tell It On the Mountain (1953) by James Baldwin
  3. Notes of a Native Son (1955) by James Baldwin
  4. Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (2019) by Ruha Benjamin
  5. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick
  6. Sabrina (2018) by Nick Drnaso
  7. A Visit From the Goon Squad (2010) by Jennifer Egan
  8. Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher (2012) by Timothy Egan
  9. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004) by Nick Flynn
  10. The Secret Place (2014) by Tana French
  11. The Searcher (2020) by Tana French
  12. Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction (1993) edited by Jessica Hagedorn
  13. Lands of Lost Borders (2018) by Kate Harris
  14. Dune (1965) by Frank Herbert
  15. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955) by Patricia Highsmith
  16. The Kite Runner (2003) by Khaled Hosseini
  17. Never Let Me Go (2005) by Kazuo Ishiguro
  18. Beasts of No Nation (2005) by Uzodinma Iweala
  19. How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? (2018) by N.K. Jemisin
  20. Girl, Interrupted (1993) by Susanna Kaysen
  21. Sometimes a Great Notion (1964) by Ken Kesey
  22. The Secret Life of Bees (2001) by Sue Monk Kidd
  23. The Constant Gardener (2001) by John le Carré
  24. To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee
  25. An Onion in My Pocket: My Life With Vegetables (2020) by Deborah Madison
  26. The Singer’s Gun (2010) by Emily St. John Mandel
  27. All the Pretty Horses (1992) by Cormac McCarthy
  28. Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan
  29. Crossing Into America: The New Literature of Immigration (2003) edited by Louis Mendoza and S. Shankar
  30. The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives (2008) by Leonard Mlodinow
  31. True Crime Japan (2016) by Paul Murphy
  32. The Thirst (2017) by Jo Nesbo
  33. Mediocre: the Dangerous Legacy of White Male America (2020) by Ijeoma Oluo
  34. Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (1998) by Ruth Reichl
  35. Hope Never Dies (2018) by Andrew Shaffer
  36. Lake Success (2018) by Gary Shteyngart
  37. The Joy Luck Club (1989) by Amy Tan
  38. From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (2016) by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  39. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976) by Mildred D. Taylor
  40. The Hate U Give (2017) by Angie Thomas
  41. The Color Purple (1982) by Alice Walker
  42. Native Son (1939) by Richard Wright

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