Books of 2020

Happy New Year!

I’m making a quick post to wrap up the year. This will basically just be a list of books I read. Overall, I won’t say much about these books, although I may do a post about some of these books in the future. I haven’t picked any out in particular, so if anyone would like to see a review on a specific book that I read in 2020, let me know in the comments!

1. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

3. Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul by Jack Canfield, Jennifer Hawthorne and Mark Victor Hansen (audiobook)

4. Ask and it is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks (audiobook)

5. De Otio and De Brevitate Vitae by Seneca, edited with commentary by G.D. Williams

6. You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

7. Histories Book 1 by Polybius, with commentary by David Phillips

8. 17 Letters by Seneca, edited by C.D.N. Costa

9. Thyestes by Seneca, edited with commentary by R.J. Tarrant

10. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

11. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

12. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

13. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

14. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

15. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

16. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

17. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

18. All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

19. Satires Book 1 by Horace, edited with commentary by Emily Gowers

20. Lyrics of the Middle Ages: an Anthology by James J. Wilhelm

21. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

22. If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Sappho and translated by Anne Carson

23. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

24. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Some Final Reflections:

  • Many of these books I read for class. I did not include books I read for research papers, but I did include books that were required reading throughout the semester. These include all the books by Seneca, Horace and Polybius, which are primarily in Latin and Greek with an English commentary, as well as the medieval lyric anthology.
  • I also read a lot of spiritual/self-help books, which was a new vibe for me this year. I have found out a lot about myself and my beliefs. I was going through a rough spot at the beginning of this year even before the pandemic, so I found a lot of peace in some of these books.
  • I really enjoyed The Alchemist in particular, so I kind of hope to make it a tradition for myself to read that every December because it was a very short and chill book.
  • I also read about half of the Throne of Glass series, so I am hoping to finish it in 2021!

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