No reason to go on about what a doozy of a year 2020 was except to say, I didn’t really have much I felt like writing about despite the fact I read 127 books. I sure hope to never read that many books in one year again! Here are a few of my favorites (in no particular order):

FICTION

The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories by Danielle Evans

My Grandmother Asked me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Bow Grip by Ivan E. Coyote (I picked this up in Calgary in 2019 and only just read it – really great story and writing.)

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Monogamy by Sue Miller

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Hex by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight (One of the only books I read every single word and sentence – so beautifully written. Also, quirky and seems like something I’d like to have written.)

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

There There by Tommy Orange

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (The same author as The Night Circus…another great example of masterful story-telling.)

The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (In this memoir, she compares her life to fairy-tales and lists ‘tale types’ in her footnote – the format is like nothing I’ve ever read.)

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

Non-FICTION

The Book of Delights by Ross Gay

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

Adventures in Opting Out: A Field Guild to Leading an Intentional Life by Cait Flanders (Another life changing book from Cait Flanders, the author of The Year of Less.)

Bluets by Maggie Nelson

The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman (An illustrated journal -such a fun read.)

Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic by Ester Peral

Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores (The things we humans have done to coyotes – heartbreaking! And yet, they are so resilient.)

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Blue Zones Solutions: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People by Dan Buettner