As I said on Twitter, one of my main reading goals in 2020 was to read a broader range of books (works/novels/essays/articles/literature) from Black writers and Black authors as their voices are hugely underrepresented in the literary landscape – no surprise there. I also wanted to make a conscious effort to read more from other writers of colour, as well as female authors and writers.
I promised myself I’d read one book per calendar month in 2020, so a total of 12 by the time the year ended. With the combined lockdowns giving me a lot more time to focus on my reading I managed to read a total of 20 books altogether, who would’ve thought? I noticed that the more I read the quicker reading became, and my written work really benefited from me reading more as well.
Here’s a list of books I read in 2020:
– My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
– Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
– The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
– Becoming by Michelle Obama
– Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James
– Rising Strong by Brené Brown
– Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
– Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi
– The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
– Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
– The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
– Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers by Kit de Waal
– Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
– Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow by Rainbow Rowell
– Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
– Normal People by Sally Rooney
– Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
– Hello, Mum by Bernardine Evaristo
– The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
– Untamed by Glennon Doyle
What books are you looking forward to reading in 2021? I’d love to hear about what you’re currently reading and any new titles you’re excited about – sound off in the comments section below!
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