My annual reading list: 5 amazing books I loved to read in 2020

My annual reading list: 5 amazing books I loved to read in 2020

In a bumpy year like 2020, you sometimes need a break and sometimes you want to dive a bit deeper into a tough issue. Almost all of the books I read this year were non-fiction books, as I choose most of the times. If you like to know what kind of books I loved to read this year, then read on to get 5 amazing pickings of 2020.

Though year for many

It’s no secret that I love reading non-fiction books. If you have a look on my bookshelf, you can see what I’m talking about. 2020 was a though time and like many of us, I had more time to read interesting books.

Sometimes I chose to go deeper on a difficult subject like the injustices that underlie this year’s Black Lives Matter protests. Or I chose to dive deeper into a topic like epidemics and how viruses like Ebola and Covid-19 spread and develop. Other times I needed something lighter at the end of the day. As a result, I read a wide range of books, and lots of great ones.

My end-of-year book list has five amazing options if you’re looking for something to dive into this winter. Here are five books on a variety of subjects that I’d recommend as we wrap up 2020. I hope you find something that helps you to finish the year on a good note.

1. Bad blood

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou chronicles the story of Elizabeth Holmes. Holmes is considered as the founder of the Theranos – a health company that’s now closed because of charges of fraud. For almost a decade it was a promising startup with a bold idea: use a finger-prick of blood and the technology gives you a complete picture of your health. It’s sad, but the story turned itself in a real tragedy and the details of the Theranos scandal are almost too wild to believe. Read my thoughts on the book Bad Blood by John Carreyrou over here.

[Book review] [Amazon]

2. Educated

The book Educated, A Memoir, chronicles the self-taught journey of Tara Westover from a Mormon surveillist home to Harvard and Cambridge. It’s a very inspiring story of the value of reading books and teaching yourself things. This story definitely drew a lot of public attention but read the book review to get why I like the book so much.

[Book review] [Amazon]

3. Love in a time of cholera

This is a beautiful love-story. In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated – but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs – yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.


4. Man’s search for meaning

Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl chronicles the author’ cruel experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War ll. As a psychiatrist he lays down a couple of lessons about the primary purpose of life – the quest for meaning, which helped those who survived the camps. It’s a classic and a must-read.


5. Working

Studs Terkel was one of the UK’s beloved radio broadcasters and oral historians of the seventies. However, people still talk about his book called Working. During the interviews, Americans talk about what they do all day and about how they feel about what they do. Working by Studs Terkel is an insightful look into the lives of ordinary people with strong and extraordinary voices. Read on to get more of the book review that I wrote about this book.

[Book review] [Amazon]

Did you like this collection of books? Explore my bookshelf to discover more book recommendations. You can find more of my thoughts on books in the book reviews section.

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