#TBR: My 2020 Reading List

Creating an annual reading list is one my favorite January 1 traditions (in addition to saying I'm going to take the Christmas tree down and then not doing it for another 30 days).



“Why [do] people ask 'What is it about?' as if a novel had to be about only one thing.” - Americanah

This list draws on several sources of inspiration, primarily the unread books from last year's list, recommendations from friends, family and colleagues, Barack Obama's favorite books of 2019, New York Time's 100 Notable Books of 2019 and the Well Read Black Girl reading list.


Here are this year's titles:


  • Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston (2019) - I haven't met a Zora book I didn't struggle through, but always have my mind blown in the end -- bonus points that it's published by Amistad Books

  • The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison by Ralph Ellison (2019)

  • {x}The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (2019)

  • {x} The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (1997) - Ain't no shame in the self-help game read

  • {x} What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey (2013) - Because you get a car, you get a car -- but seriously, #goals

  • {x} In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado - Womxn of Color SF January book club

  • Dreams of My Father by Barack Obama (2004)

  • {x} Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche (2017)

  • {x} Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche (2013) - Now that I'm writing a blog, I thought this would b a fun re-read.

  • The Yellow House by Sarah Broom (2019)

  • Women's Work by Megan Stack (2019)

  • The Tradition by Jericho Brown (2019)

  • Thick by Tressie McMillan (2019) - I started reading this last year and had to return it to the library before I finished it.

  • {x} American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson (2019) - An ode to my alter ego

  • {x} Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin (1953) - Because some things change, but most things stay the same

  • The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward (2016) - A carryover from last years TBR list (and then maybe reread the Fire This Time if I can find my copy from high school)

  • {x} Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (2018) - I borrowed this from my mom two years ago and need to read it so I can return!

  • Caucasia by Danny Senna (1997) - dark-skinned mama // light-skinned baby

  • {x} Good Talk by Mira Jacob (2019)

  • The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson - Honestly, I just really like the cover

  • {x} Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson - Again, a really beautiful cover

  • Know my Name by Chanel Miller (2019)

  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi (2019)

  • {x} Hunger by Roxanne Gay (2017) - I listed to this as an audiobook and deserving of an actual read (I've also given up audiobooks -- they just don't do books justice)

  • {x} Queenie by Candace Carty Williams (2019)

  • {x} Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (2017) - A carryover from last year's list

  • Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim (2019) - I just discovered the WRBG community on Instagram and am very excited to read this!

  • {x} Heads of the Colored People Nafissa Thompson-Spires (2018) - Trying to read more short stories and collections this year!

  • {x} We Should All be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche (2017) - I gave a copy of this to my cousin when she left for college, but didn't actually read it :/

  • {x} The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017) - I just watched this movie and can hopefully redeem it with the book

  • Rabbits for Food by Binnie Kirshenbaum (2019)




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