Favorite books of 2020

I listened to a bunch of books last year. On walks with the dog, on the way to and from mountain biking and snowboarding, and on countless road bike rides around town. These were my favorite:

Ealonor Olyphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This book was hilarious but also wrecked me. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and has stayed with me more than any other book has.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
I mean, who doesn’t want to know what therapists really think, how they work, and what they talk about with their own therapists? Also, it’s hilarious.

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
I need a good sad book every once in a while.

Powerful by Patty McCord
Practical and no-nonsense. I listened to this twice and then re-listened to certain bits. I was going through a tough time at work and this book was one of the things that helped me through it.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Love the format, almost felt like you were listening to a music documentary. Read by a bunch of different actors. Made me start listening to Fleetwood Mac again.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Who knew I needed a love story? A full life lived.

Full list:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Powerful by Patti McCord, Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb, Ealonor Olyphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, The Nix by Nathan Hill, Where’d you go Bernadette by Maria Semple, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami, The Windup Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami, In the Woods by Tana French, Normal People by Sally Rooney, Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, There There by Tommy Orange, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout, Self Compassion by Kristin Neff, Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter.

3 responses to “Favorite books of 2020”

  1. Ingrid Avatar

    I just put a hold on “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”, thanks for the recommendation. Loved Eleanor Oliphant. “Such a Fun Age” was also one that really made me think and stuck with me.

  2. […] I recently finished reading Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility by Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix. Hat tip to my former colleague Kelly for the recommendation! […]

  3. Jeremey DuVall Avatar

    Just read Eleanor Oliphant. Thanks for the rec! What an ending…

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