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My 2020 Book Review + 2021 Book List

Updated: Jan 9, 2021

A goal that I happily accomplished in 2020 was reading consistently! One thing to know about me is that reading is something that I have ALWAYS struggled with. I could never voluntarily pick up a book "just because" or be the person that "couldn't put the book down because it's soo good". I have always envied those with filled bookshelves in their homes but wondered if I would ever be able to be a "reader". As all my friends zoomed through the Twilight series throughout school I struggled to catch up and was discouraged from reading since I have never been a fast reader.

This year I set a goal to incorporate reading into my everyday life, something that I could manage throughout the entire year without getting discouraged. I set a goal of reading 10 pages a night before going to bed. That 10-page goal turned into 12 completed books this year (aka the most I have ever read in a year). I truly didn't know how many books I completed until I piled them all together. Throughout 2020, I tried to select a variety of books that would not only be "fun" but some that I would learn from as well.

Out of all the books I read this year, my favorite one was Becoming by Michelle Obama. Not only was it really fascinating to read about what life is like living in the white house/being the first lady for eight years but Michelle Obama shares her journey as a young woman who created a career she was proud of all while balancing the demands and responsibilities that come with marriage, having a husband with a successful career, kids, and multiple career switches, finder her identity and so much more. Something that I think all women can relate to regardless of their political views.

After looking over all the books that I read, I was able to divide them into 2 categories; Fun and Personal Development/Education. Up first will be my Personal Development/Education books

  1. White Awake by Daniel Hill

  2. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

  3. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

  4. You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

  5. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

  6. Becoming by Michelle Obama

2020 Fun Read Books

  1. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

  2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

  3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

  4. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

  5. What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

  6. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

ADDED BONUS here are a few extra books that I have kept with me over the years as good reads!

  1. Chasing Grace by Sanya Richards-Ross

  2. What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan

  3. The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty

  4. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

  5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

  6. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

  7. Bossypants by Tina Fey

Throughout the year creative a sticky note that I would continuously add books to as I learned about them or received recommendations from others. As of now, here are the books that are on my list for 2021. Feel free to share with me any books that are your all-time favorite or ones that you loved reading in 2020!

2021 Books List

  1. You are the Girl for the Job by Jess Connolly

  2. Purple Cow by Seth Godin

  3. Everything is Figureoutable by Maria Forleo

  4. Women Code by Alisa Vitti

  5. Atomic Habits by James Clear

  6. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

  7. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

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