The most exciting part of 2020 is that I get to read for fun again!
Growing up, books were a huge part of my life. In elementary school, I was reading three or four books per week. Even in high school, I was still reading a book every week. When I got to college though, I could barely find time to read my homework, nevermind read for fun. For the past five years, while I have been in college, I have read a total of nine books. Nine! Like, what??
Now that I have finished school and my major responsibilities have shifted I have a lot more time to read. Going from nine books in five years, to two books in five days.
Reading in 2020
I have a huge TBR list (to-be-read for the uninitiated) for this coming year. It’s a mix of books I own and have been meaning to read, some that I’ve wanted to re-read, and some that are new to me.
For 2020, my goal is to make sure at least half of the books I read are diverse. A lot of the books I’ve read have been from white male writers. Reading diversely means reading books by women, by people of color, and with characters who are diverse in ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and more. The important part of having diverse writers and characters is to allow people of all ages to be able to see themselves reflected in their reading, and for people to learn about the experiences of those who are different from them. Learn more about diverse reading from We Need Diverse Books and BookRiot.
The TBR List
When choosing the books I’m going to be reading in 2020, I wanted to have a mix of books I already owned and never read, and new books to either bring into my collection or borrow from my local library. My initial list is not as diverse as I would like it to be, but many of the books below are ones already in my collection that I’ve been meaning to read for years. The first seven books on my TBR list in 2020 are:
Currently Reading: This is Marketing, Seth Godin
This was a Christmas gift this year, and I’m hoping it helps bring a unique perspective to marketing for my career, for my side projects, and for myself. I’m only a few short pages in, and interested to see how the book pans out.
Ogilvy on Advertising in the Digital Age, Miles Young
Ogilvy on Advertising is like, the marketing bible. There are some mixed reviews on this sort-of sequel, but I’m hoping it’ll provide some insight into the digital advertising world with its case studies.
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
I read To Kill a Mockingbird YEARS ago in school, and I received both it and its “sequel” Go Set a Watchman for Christmas a few years back. I never got around to reading them then, and I would like to do both this year, starting with the TKaM re-read
Life-Changing Magic of Cleaning Up, Marie Kondo
I am an honest-too-goodness Marie Kondo stan after watching Tidying Up on Netflix. There is nothing I love in this world more than a good deep clean of my house. I’d like to finally get around to actually reading the book that started it all.
Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, Sarah Knight
Clearly an inspired choice, I bought Knight and Kondo’s book in the same Amazon order. I’m not a huge fan of self-help-y books usually, but between the fantastic title and high praise from friends, I had to give this one a try.
Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell
I stumbled upon this book on Goodreads a while ago and I’ve been dying to read it for the longest time. I received it as a Christmas gift this year, and I’ve had some real itchy fingers to get reading on it!
Beloved, Toni Morrison
I first attempted a Toni Morrison book back in sophomore year of high school, Song of Solomon was an assigned summer reading. I really didn’t like the book, but mostly attribute that to age and immaturity. In 2020, I want to give her books another go. According to Nicholas Parker at the NY Public Library, Beloved is the place to start with Toni Morrison books, so trusting him, there I will start!
If you want to keep up to date on what I’m reading in 2020, add me as a friend on Goodreads! My goal is to read 20 books this year, so I definitely need your diverse recommendations to add to my TBR list. Let me know what’s on your list this year, and what I should add to mine!