reading list for 2020

Today I’m sharing the start of my 2020 reading list. This post contains affiliate links. 


Happy January!  In 2019 I read 102 books (all audiobooks) .. and this year I’m planning on doing things a little differently.

I’ve set a goal for 75 books this year, markedly less than last year, but I didn’t feel like I got enough out of each book I read when I crammed so much listening into each free moment of my day. I need a little more blank space in my life to digest the books, to think about them. I read “Just Mercy” slowly, over the course of almost a week in December, in small chunks, with lots of empty hours in between reading to ruminate on the stories…and as a result I remember that book better (and feel more impacted by it) than many others. 

This year I’m planning on keeping a record of what I read and what my takeaways from each book were, in hopes that it means I take more action from what I read in 2020, instead of just consuming it. 

I also have an additional goal of reading physical books for a few of those 75 – we’ll see if that happens. 

My 2020 reading list is compiled with recommendations I’ve collected over the last few months (saved posts on instagram where people mention books, notes in my phone from conversations with friends, and the books from this list that Ben recommended that I haven’t read yet). 

Here are my 25 favorite reads from the last 2 years if you want a list of books I love and recommend – today’s list are ones I can’t vouch for yet! 

2020 Reading List

Here’s what I’m excited about reading in 2020: 

(I’ve marked in bold all the books I finished – clearly didn’t make it through all of my list for 2020!) 

  1. The Idea of You by Robinne Lee 
  2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  3. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou – I’m not sure why I haven’t read this one yet! 
  4. The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester
  5. Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  6. Crucible of Doubt by Terryl Givens
  7. Peaceful Parent Happy kids by Laura Markham – my favorite parenting book I plan on re-reading each January 
  8. No-Drama Discipline by Dan Siegel – another re-read parenting book I”m working through now and teaching Ben what I’m learning
  9. Wearing God by Lauren Winner
  10. The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes – started this one in January to go along with my month of no sugar (trying to cross off as many of my 30 by 30 items as I can!)
  11. Woman First: First Woman by Selina Meyer
  12. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – another re-read for book club in January but it’s been a few years 
  13. Savor by Shauna Niequiest another book by the author of “Present Over Perfect” and “Bread and Wine,” two of my favorite books from last year
  14. The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates – a book club pick
  15. The All-or-nothing Marriage by Eli J. Finkel
  16. Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch – this has been dowloaded on Scribd for over a year but I haven’t read it yet! 
  17. The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
  18. The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine
  19. The Beekeepr of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
  20. Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen
  21. Cribsheet by Emily Oster – I’ve been waiting for this to come up on library holds for months and months! 
  22. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman – Ben recommended this one 
  23. With All Due Respect by Nikki R. Haley
  24. The Book of Gutsy Women by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  25. Permission to Feel by Marc Brackett
  26. The Knowledge Gap by Natalie Wexler
  27. More than Enough by Miranda Anderson – I actually finished this one on my long drive yesterday! Left me feeling excited about a month of not buying things and determined to be more mindful about the things I add to our lives. 
  28. Mindset by Carol Dwek – I haven’t read this in 10 years and think it’s a good time to revisit the concepts of mindset as I parent Lincoln and Adelaide (and baby Westley, I guess) 

What should I add to this list? What have you loved?


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  1. I completed a lot of books last year on audio but sometimes I find myself wanting to see the words in print. I read a lot of books by reading a few chapters when I could and listening at other times, at a ratio of about 40% reading and 60% listening and I love when I can get my hands on print and audio at the same time. I read 95 books last year and set my goal lower this year in hopes of actually reading more print.

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