Books Read in 2020

Whew! We’ve come to the end of the year we all want to forget but never will.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to write a lengthy review of the ups and downs of this unpredictable year. I’m simply going to share with you the books I read this year.

The * represents my top five.

Have a safe and Happy New Year, my friends!

Books read:

  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry
  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell*
  • Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott
  • The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
  • Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  • A Love Letter Life by Jeremy & Audrey Roloff
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  • Stray by Stephanie Danler
  • Understanding Asexuality by Anthony F. Bogaert
  • Riding In Cars with Boys by Beverly Donofrio
  • The Invisible Orientation by Julie Sondra Decker
  • Space Between by Nico Tortorella*
  • Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara*
  • Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle*
  • Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu
  • Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
  • The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
  • Vampires Never Get Old by Zoraida Cordova
  • Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
  • The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
  • The Collected Schizoprehnics by Esme Weijun Wang
  • Ace by Angela Chen
  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness*
  • We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

By genre:

  • Fiction = 11
  • Young Adult = 3
  • Non-Ficton = 16
  • Short Stories = 3

Total books read in 2020 = 31

My Favorite Quotes About Perseverance

On Monday, November 30, I was called into my CEO’s office and told that due to budget cuts my position was going to be phased out. Effective immediately. 

It was a blow. I’d been at the non-profit for two years and although the job wasn’t my endgame, I was proud of the work I’d accomplished in the time there. I worked with a great group of dedicated women and I miss them. My office mate/program manager specifically.

I’m now joining the thousands of other Americans on unemployment. However, I do have my copywriting business and freelance writing keeping me company. I know others aren’t so lucky to have something like this to fall back on.  

It’s weird to say that losing my job was not the greatest loss in my life. If I didn’t have copywriting or my other writing I think I’d be in an entirely different mindset. I know it’ll take me some time to make enough from those to cover what I’m losing, but I know through perseverance I will make it.

With all that said — and knowing there are many other people out there in a similar boat — I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes about perseverance. It might seem like this is never going to end, but I promise you, things will get better.

When in doubt, repeat one or more of these quotes and remember that you can get through this.

If you are going through hell, keep going. — Winston Churchill

Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance. — Abigail Adams

It always seems impossible until it’s done. — Nelson Mandela

The will to preserve is often the difference between failure and success. — David Sarnoff

The best way out is always through. — Robert Frost

Change takes effort. And the reality is, most people don’t want to put in effort to better their life. — Cesar Millan

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. — H.G. Wells

Day One or One Day – You Decide