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  • Writer's pictureNatasha Mileusnic

One good thing about 2020: these books

Updated: Sep 20, 2021

I read a lot of books last year, some for novel research, some for pleasure. A happy number achieved both. Here's a selection, in random order without links. (A few of these I might have read in 2019, granted; the point remains that 2020 afforded a lot of reading time.)

Fiction - Novels

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson

Memorial by Bryan Washington

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Warehouse by Rob Hart

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

American War by Omar El Akkad

Writers and Lovers by Lily King

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Black Sun by Owen Matthews

Weather by Jenny Offill

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

Fiction - Short Stories

White Dancing Elephants by Chaya Bhuveneswar

You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Pure Hollywood by Christine Schutt


Caste by Isabel Wilkerson (in progress)

Lights Out by Ted Koppel

One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick

God Bless Texas by Lawrence Wright

Sandworm by Andy Greenberg

Prophetic City by Stephen Klineberg

Blowout by Rachel Maddow

Small Fry: A Memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

Writing Craft

Consider This by Chuck Palahniuk

Story Grid by Shawn Coyne

Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody

On Writing by Stephen King

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