What I’m Reading (2020)

One of the occupational hazards of being an English professor (or grad student) is losing the ability or the interest in pleasure reading. We have so much to read as part of our jobs, not just novels and poems or plays, but criticism, essays, memos, emails . . . the act of reading becomes all about work. I have always loved to read, but a while back, I realized that I wasn’t doing it much anymore, only on planes or breaks from school. From then on, I decided to make it a point to read “for fun” every day, even if only for a few minutes before I go to sleep. I’m frequently asked for book recommendations, so a few years ago, I thought I’d start to keep a list. Titles below are books I have read or listened to since January 1, 2020. Asterisks for my most favorite. Links are Amazon affiliate.

The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook (Ben Mezrich)

Blue Moon (Lee Child, audiobook)

The Echo Killing (Christi Daugherty, audiobook)

A Beautiful Corpse (Christi Daugherty, audiobook)

Heaven My Home (Attica Locke)

Say Nothing: A True Story of Memory and Murder in Northern Ireland (Patrick Radden Keefe)

The Institute (Stephen King)

Agency (William Gibson)

Lethal Agent (Vince Flynn, audiobook)

The Water Dancer (Ta-Nehisi Coates, audiobook)

Revolver Road (Christi Daughtery)

Cruel Acts (Jane Casey)

Some Choose Darkness (Charlie Donlea)

Black Swan Green (David Mitchell, reread)

The Bone Clocks (David Mitchel, reread)*

Little Gods (Meng Jin)

The Lying Room (Nicci French)

The Ten Thousand Doors of January (Alex Harrow)

The Pursuit of William Abbey (Claire North)

All of This Could be Yours (Jami Attenberg)

Weather (Jenny Offill)

Ninth House (Leigh Bardugo, audiobook)

The Cutting Place (Jane Casey, audiobook)

Saint X (Alexis Schaitkin, audiobook)

Such a Fun Age (Kiley Reid, audiobook)*

The Guardians (John Grisham)

My Dark Vanessa (Kate Elizabeth Russell, audiobook)

Girl, Woman, Other (Bernadine Evaristo)

New Waves (Kevin Nguyen)

If It Bleeds (Stephen King)*

The Slow Horses: Slough House 1 (Mick Herron, audiobook)

Dead Lions: Slough House 2 (Mick Herron, audiobook)

Real Tigers: Slough House 3 (Mick Herron, audiobook)

Spook Street: Slough House 4 (Mick Herron, audiobook)

London Rules: Slough House 5(Mick Herron, audiobook)

Joe Country: Slough House 6 (Mick Herron, audiobook)

Conviction (Denise Mina)

The Last Trial (Scott Turow, audiobook)

Valentine (Elizabeth Wetmore, audiobook)

The End of Wasp Season (Denisa Mina, Audiobook)

Sirens (Joseph Knox, audiobook)

The Smiling Man (Joseph Knox, audiobook)

The Hunting Party (Lucy Foley, audiobook)

Catherine House (Elizabeth Thomas, audiobook)

The Guest List (Lucy Foley, audiobook)

Pretty Things (Janelle Brown, audiobook)

The Roommate (Dervla McTiernan, audiobook)

The Good Turn (Dervla McTiernan, audiobook)

Too Close to Breathe (Olivia Kiernan, audiobook)

The Killer in Me (Olivia Kiernan, audiobook)

A Nearly Normal Family (M.T. Edvarsson, audiobook)

Y Is for Yesterday (Sue Grafton, audiobook)

No Second Chance (Harlen Coben, audiobook)

Don’t Let Go (Harlen Coben, audiobook)

Hold Tight (Harlen Coben, audiobook)

Six Years (Harlen Coben, audiobook)

Fool Me Once (Harlen Coben, audiobook)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Taylor Jenkins Reid, audiobook)*

Defending Jacob (William Landay, audiobook)

Down River (John Hart, audiobook)

The Last Child (John Hart, audiobook)

Redemption Road (John Hart, audiobook)

The Iron House (John Hart, audiobook)

The Hush (John Hart, audiobook)