Books I Read – 2020

In 2020, I continued catching up on classics I’d never read. Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Montgomery, Jackson. Reading these books as an adult, instead of in high school or middle school, or whenever kids typically read them, I am positive my appreciation was deeper than it otherwise would have been.

Rather than framing it as having missed out on them all these years, I like to think that I simply waited to enjoy the stories for the first time until I was experienced enough to recognize the extent of their literary mastery.

For as many “serious” books as I read in 2020, I read just as many for fun. I revisited the American Girl collection, some childhood favorites. Reading them as an adult was perhaps more gratifying, as I now have a more expansive knowledge of historical events and their often vast complexities.

Every book on this list offered something special, evoking thoughts and feelings unique and unforgettable. Each one was an experience in itself.

I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.

Emma Thompson

  1. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  3. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
  4. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  5. The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker
  6. The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill
  7. The Torrents of Spring by Ernest Hemingway
  8. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  9. Meet Samantha: An American Girl by Susan Adler
  10. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  11. On Writing by Stephen King
  12. Murder After Hours by Agatha Christie
  13. Meet Kirsten: An American Girl by Janet Shaw
  14. Kirsten Learns a Lesson by Janet Shaw
  15. Kirsten’s Surprise by Janet Shaw
  16. Human Acts by Han Kang
  17. Happy Birthday, Kirsten by Janet Shaw
  18. She Rises by Kate Worsley
  19. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  20. From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
  21. Zone One by Colson Whitehead
  22. Gay and Catholic by Eve Tushnet
  23. Made for Love by Fr. Michael Schmitz
  24. Kirsten Saves the Day by Janet Shaw
  25. Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (audiobook)
  26. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  27. Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Darer Littman
  28. The Stand by Stephen King (audiobook)
  29. The Bone Farm by Dean Koontz (audiobook)
  30. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (audiobook)
  31. How to Leave a Country by Cris Mazza
  32. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
  33. Meet Molly: An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  34. The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
  35. LaRose by Louise Erdrich
  36. The Ambrose J. and Vivian T. Seagrave Museum of 20th Century American Art by Matthew Kirkpatrick
  37. Samantha Learns a Lesson by Susan Adler
  38. Samantha’s Surprise by Maxine Schur
  39. Happy Birthday, Samatha! by Valerie Tripp
  40. Samantha Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp
  41. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  42. Changes for Samantha by Valerie Tripp
  43. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  44. The Shadow of the Bear by Regina Doman
  45. Why We’re Catholic by Trent Horn

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