Monday, January 18, 2021

Ten 2020 Publications I Still Want to Read

I'm linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl for another Top Ten Tuesday.

This week's topic is about books we didn't get to in 2020. Since one of my 2021 goals is to read books published in 2020, here are ten that I'm still very interested in reading.
1. Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
Every time I've heard this one mentioned it has stood out to me. I've never listened to their podcast, but I'm definitely interested in a book about friendship that includes honest conversations about the authors' own real-life, interracial friendship.
2. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
I finally read The Warmth of Other Suns in 2019, and now Wilkerson has a new book out that showed up on just about every best-of list I saw for 2020.
3. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
I get skeptical about hyped YA books, but this one seems to have sustained its popularity, and I'm always down for more queer rep and teens of color in leading roles.
4. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Poet X is on my "shelf of shame" because I cannot believe I still haven't read it, and now Acevedo has another book out that people are consistently flipping their lids about.
5. Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
The hosts of For Real raved about this one on multiple episodes, and then right after I put it on my list, my bibliologist recommended it to me because of how much I loved The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I'm now on my library's (very long) holds list for it.
6. Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
This was one of the many anti-racist books recommended this past year, but this one stands out because it encourages the reader to do actual work as they go. As one of my other goals for this year is to continue reading books about race in America, I think this would be a good one for ensuring that I'm applying what I'm reading to my own life.
7. The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel
I read the first two books in the Thomas Cromwell series and have been waiting forever for this third book to come out, so by the time it did I'd forgotten everything from the first two books and didn't want to devote the time to going back to them. But I would like to finish the story at some point.
8. Our Time Is Now by Stacey Abrams
I've felt discouraged by the voter suppression efforts in the past few years, but seeing the way that the work of Abrams and others made a difference in the 2020 election and the recent Senate elections in Georgia gives me hope.
9. We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper
This is another one that the For Real hosts are huge fans of, and although I don't necessarily gravitate toward true crime, it's another one where — like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks — it sounds like the author was able to weave her own investigative process into the story in a way that was well done.
10. Why Fish Don't Exist by Lulu Miller
Yet another one that everyone couldn't say enough good things about in 2020. I was already intrigued the first time I heard someone emphatically rave about it, and since then it's come up again and again as a must-read.

Which 2020 publications are still on your to-read list?

Looking back:
One year ago I was reading: Dreams from My Father, The Next Evangelicalism, and There There
Five years ago I was reading: Lonesome Dove, Dancing with God, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Stolen
Ten years ago I was reading: The Luck Factor

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