2020 Reading Roundup
In 2020, I read 114 books, exceeding my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 100 books
(50 MG, 29 Adult, 23 YA, 12 PBs; 59 authors of color, 55 white authors). Here some of my top picks:
1. Middle Grade.
I loved so many, but two 2020 MGs stood out: When You Trap a Tiger
by Tae Keller (a contemporary fantasy based on Korean myths; a girl uses the power of stories to try to save her dying grandmother) and National Book Award-winner King and the Dragonflies
by Kacen Callender (a boy comes to terms with the death of his older brother and being gay).
2. Science Fiction. Out of the 16 sci-fi novels I read, my two top were Network Effect by Martha Wells (the latest installment in one of my favorite series, The Murderbot Diaries, about a rogue security bot who inadvertently bonds with the humans they're tasked to protect) and The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (an imaginative, expansive story about sentient New York boroughs embodied by people who must save the city).
3. Young adult: My favorite YA reads were Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (a trans Latinx brujo accidentally raises his high school's bad boy from the dead; they fall for each other and solve a mystery) and Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stievater (the first in a new series spun-off from the Raven King series, about a tortured young man who dreams things into existence and a young woman who forges magical paintings)
4. Nonfiction: My scariest read was Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America by whistleblower Christopher Wylie, explaining how data mining our FB data led to both Brexit and the hacking of the U.S. elections, plus the concerted effort by Russians and the likes of Steve Bannon to sow chaos and racism in the United States.
What were some of your favorite reads of 2020?