2020 reading list

This was truly a year like no other. Like many, I would never have predicted 2020 to turn out the way it did. I vividly can recall how I rang in 2020 on December 31st which was such a far cry to what today looks like. As trying as this year has been, I am grateful for the opportunities of growth in my writing career and for actively broadening my reading choices. I am thankful for these novelists, poets, and writers who helped guide me through the ups and downs of 2020. I am thankful for all the opportunities to speak, perform, and publish my own writing. Mostly, I am just thankful for writing and words and their ability to serve as a tonic and escape for me.

This year my top pick has to go to ‘Afropean’ by Johny Pitts which is not like anything I have read before. I don’t read much nonfiction but am grateful I spent time with this wonderful exploration of Black Europe. A truly eye opening read! I look forward to what Pitts does next.

Honourable mentions:

  • Dead Girls, Selva Almada (translator, Annie McDermott)
  • The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  • Dominicana, Angie Cruz
  • Rainbow Milk, Paul Mendez
  • I Won’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me, Juan Pablo Villalobos (translator, Daniel Hahn)

A hand holding a copy of a book, Afropean by Johny Pitts.

Here is everything I read in 2020:

  1. Cockfight – María Fernanda Ampuero
  2. The Edwin Morgan Twenties: Scotland – Edwin Morgan
  3. If You Kept A Record of Sins – Andrea Bajani
  4. I Won’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me – Juan Pablo Villalobos
  5. The Havoc of Choice – Wanjiru Koinange
  6. Afropean – Johnny Pitts
  7. Memorial – Bryan Washington
  8. Where The Memory Was – Hibaq Osman
  9. Poor – Caleb Femi
  10. To Be A Man – Nicole Krauss
  11. You Will Be Safe Here – Damian Barr
  12. Ramifications – Daniel Saldaña París
  13. Dominicana – Angie Cruz
  14. Mother Country – edited by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff
  15. The Distance – Ivan Vladislavic
  16. Me and White Supremacy – Layla F Saad
  17. This Mournable Body – Tsitsi Dangarembga
  18. Constitution Street – Jemma Neville
  19. Dead Girls – Selva Almada
  20. In Memory’s Dance – Murid L Keshtmand
  21. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  22. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
  23. The End of Eddy – Édouard Louis
  24. The Wind That Lays Waste – Selva Almada
  25. Rainbow Milk – Paul Mendez
  26. Your Silence Will Not Protect You – Audre Lorde
  27. Sons and Lovers – D.H Lawrence
  28. The Dizziness of Freedom – Bad Betty Press
  29. Holiday Heart – Maragrita García Robayo
  30. We That Are Young – Preti Taneja
  31. The Adventures of China Iron – Gabriela Cabezón Cámara
  32. The Green Road – Anne Enright
  33. An Orphan World – Giuseppe Caputo
  34. Animals Eat Each Other – Elle Nash
  35. Falsos Odiseos – Gabriel Rodríguez Liceaga
  36. The Panopticon – Jenni Fagan
  37. The Trick is to Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway
  38. Hinge – Alycia Pirmohamed
  39. The Black Flamingo – Dean Atta
  40. Mayhem & Death – Helen McClory
  41. Tonguit – Harry Josephine Giles
  42. Jellyfish – Janice Galloway
  43. The Spell – Alan Hollinghurst
  44. Sal – Mick Kitson
  45. Broken Sleep Books 2019 Anthology
  46. The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo
  47. Collected Stories – Janice Galloway
  48. EARTH: 404 ink magazine
  49. Hijito – Carlos Andrés Gómez
  50. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong