This past year many of us have had more time to read. Long days spent at home provided ample opportunity to finally read those books we’ve wanted to for quite some time. Well, I’d be lying if I said that I read more books this year than ever before. However, I did read quite a few books, and as this year comes to a close, I wanted to share some of my favorites that I read in 2020. None of these books were released this year but alas I finally got around to reading them. I think it’s also important that we remember to diversity our reading lists. Take a look at the books you are reading and who the authors are. How many are written by womxn? BIPOC? LGBTQ+? I know I am far from perfect but we can’t change our reading habits unless we first acknowledge the lack of diversity amongst the books we read.
So, You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo If I could recommend just one book from this list it would be this one. After the murder of George Floyd, I, like many others, wanted to acknowledge my privilege more and see how I could be a better ally to BIPOC. I found this book extremely informative and helpful, on addressing my own privilege and how to talk to friends and family about the issues regarding race. Each chapter opened my eyes further had helped me confront the implicit biases that had ruled my life thus far. We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer
There are a multitude of books about the climate crisis but this one quickly became one of my favorites. Jonathan Safran Foer dives into exactly why the climate crisis is such a problem, the roles that we humans are playing, and what the future may look like for later generations. If you’re reading this blog, odds are you are well aware of the effects of climate change, but do you really understand the threat this poses? This book shows the truth of what lies ahead for our planet and why we should all start taking it more seriously. The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells
The Uninhabitable Earth discusses the worst-case scenario for our rapidly warming planet. Many people often think about sea level rise as being one of the only problems we will face. However, this book shows just what could happen if our current state of warming is not slowed down with drastic action. I must say that this book may not be for you if you suffer from eco-anxiety as it shows how dark our future may become. I suggest reading it over time or not reading it when anxiety and stress are high. Your Body Is Not an Apology by Sonya Renne Taylor A surprise book of the year! I hadn’t heard of this book but someone I know had recommended it and I’m so glad they did. Sonya Renee Taylor talks about why loving our bodies, especially in this day and age, is such a radical act. How this unconditional self-love can turn into love towards others and help us fight for equality and justice for all individuals. A witty, entertaining, and informative book that I honestly couldn’t put down.
Books by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is one of the best-known mystery novelists of all time, having written over 70 books and short stories. As much as I love learning from books, I also like tuning out and reading a good ole mystery book. I’ve read more of her books than I can count and I’m often delighted. Sure, sometimes the outcome may be a bit predictable but they are quick reads and great for cozying up with on a rainy day. Like I said above, this is just scratching the surface of the many incredible books out there. I like to find the balance between informative non-fiction, challenging my old beliefs, learning more about social/racial/climate movements, and a good fiction book to unwind and get lost in. If you’ve looking for more of my favorite books head over to the “RESOURCES” tab at the top of the page.