It was clear even before the pandemic started that this year would be a lighter reading year for me. I was only able to pull off nearly 50 books in 2019 because of unique circumstances. The stars really aligned here. I was in a job that I was committed to leaving by the end of the year and was in a city I knew I would only call home for one more summer. This was a rare period of time when life felt certain and planned. That feeling doesn’t come often.

So I spent the year focusing inward through books and it was great. This year things are looking a little different. I’ve recently started what I’m sure could be my “dream job” and I feel like I have the opportunity to be a part of something much bigger than myself. Yes this is a little bit of hero complexing, but in the midst of a pandemic and the most consequential election in US History, the feeling has honest merit.

Anyways, this is a long way of saying “this year’s post about books is going to be much shorter because I am giving more of myself to the world than last year” Without further ado, here are some of my favorite things that I’ve read in 2020

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants, Bill Bryson

Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram Kendi

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Shoshana Zuboff

President Carter: The White House Years, Stuart Eizenstat

Pelosi, Molly Ball

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, David Truer

Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America, Conor Dougherty

Hood Feminism, Mikki Kendall

The Triumph of Injustice, Emmanuel Saez

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