I ready more in 2020 than I had in a really long time, and I read some really great books!
A few things before we dive in:
- I try to keep a diverse bookshelf, because who needs to read another story by/about a wealthy straight white man, amirite? I recommend you do the same when building out your bookshelf!
- All the links go to One More Page Books, a local-to-me bookshop that is just the best. It’s the kind of bookstore that makes me misty-eyed whenever I enter, just because it’s the perfect place. I dream of owning a bookstore one day, and I want it to be like OMP. They offer curbside pickup, delivery, and shipping options, and they’re just the best people around.
- While Amazon can be necessary for independent publishers to get their books seen, it’s NOT the best place to buy books (read this or this). Support a local-to-you or black-owned bookstore instead!
- These books are in the order I read them, not ranked in any way!
Alright, let’s do it!
Free food for millionaires by Min Jin Lee
- Author of Pachinko, another book I adore that you should definitely read
- Nice hefty book, beautifully written
- Good if you want to be sucked into a story with multiple perspectives in one
you were born for this by chani nicholas
- Unlocking the key to your birth chart
- Chani is an astrologer I have learned a lot from (she has an app now that’s amazing)
- Great for personal discovery and as an astrological reference book
interior chinatown by charles yu
- Parts are written in screenplay style, which is so fun (I love books that play with style)
- Tells the minority experience in a really beautiful way, this book will stick with you even after you’ve finished it
- Not too long, but also a book meant to be savored
born a crime by trevor noah
- Such a powerful memoir, written by a man who is an incredible storyteller
- You should read this and then watch Son of Patricia
- TW: brief mentions of apartheid racism
someone who will love you in all your damaged glory by raphael bob-waksberg
- The author is the creator of Bojack Horseman!
- These short stories are wild and great. I don’t know what else to say about them, that pretty much sums it up
- If you didn’t like Bojack, this might not be the book for you
unmarriageable by soniah kamal
- A Pakistani reimagining of Pride & Prejudice
- It’s like reading Jane Austen but better!
- A nice length, a good book to power through when you want a nice distraction
sharks in the time of saviors by kawai strong-washburn
- I am already itching to read this book again!
- Lyrical, beautiful language, with some beautiful magical realism
- It’s just…*chef’s kiss,* there’s a depth and beauty that’s hard to describe
fiebre tropical by juliana delgado lopera
- Spanglish! You love to see it
- Queer love in a super-christian community, + the immigrant experience
- You just feel like you’re talking to a friend while reading this book
little gods by meng jin
- Who knew physics interspersed with fiction could be so beautiful?
- The story is not linear, which is awesome! But does require lots of focus
- Explores the mother-daughter bond and so much more, I loved this book!
sing, unburied, sing by jesmyn ward
- This book is just, WOW
- A mix of thick, slow moments and action so fast you barely see it coming
- Short read, but may affect you deeply
know my name by chanel miller
- I am so glad I was brave enough to finally read this book. I was scared it would be too triggering for me, but it was just what I needed
- Chanel’s writing and honesty and simplicity is so powerful, and if you’ve dealt with sexual assault, this might be helpful to you
- Chanel has a podcast with her sister Tiffany and it’s sweet and adorable, check that out too!
girl, woman, other by bernadine evaristo
- This book reads like a poem, and it’s so nice
- You’re taken through 12 women’s stories, who connect with each other in some way
- What a beautiful portrait of the myriad experiences of black women
exhalation by ted chiang
- Short story collection
- An exploration of the possibilities that technology could some day afford us
- It’s like black mirror without being tragic or scary!
drive your plow over the bones of the dead by olga tokarczuk
- A completely insane book that was so much fun !
- I also liked that the main character is an astrologer!
- A perfect little exciting escape
the binding by bridget collins
- A really cool reimagining of how books hold memories
- Lovely love story
- This was another book I couldn’t put down!
sourdough by robin sloan
- I absolutely loved this book about a woman who inherits a very special sourdough starter
- Remember when everyone was making bread in the pandemic? This will take you right back to that
- Short, sweet, felt like a warm slice of toast
bubblegum by adam levin
- I still think about this book, like at least once a week
- It’s written as a memoir of someone who grew up in a world without the internet.
- This book is LONG, and not necessarily an easy read (it’s kind of stream-of-consciousness, so some sentences can be tough to follow)
a tale for the time being by ruth ozeki
- I adored this book!
- A woman finds a journal on the beach, and is enthralled by what she reads
- I still think about this book, too
- Exciting and soothing at the same time
So, what do you think? Any books catch your eye? What are some of your favorite books you’ve read? I’d love to know!