Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To

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My list will be a short one this week. I tend to be a mood reader, and 2020 only amplified that preference a hundred times over. Honestly, I don’t generally know what I want to read next with these few exceptions.

My hope is that I will be able to finish these books this year.

A Promised Land Barack Obama book cover. image on cover is of President Obama looking to the side and smiling.

A Promised Land by Barack Obama.

I’ve read a few of President Obama’s other books and enjoyed them.


The End of Everything by Katie Mack book cover. Image on cover is of a stylized set of curved lines against a night sky.

The End of Everything by Katie Mack

Ms. Mack gave a (virtual) talk at my local library this past autumn that was excellent. Between that and her entertaining Twitter account, I look forward to reading more of her thoughts on astrophysics soon.

Stargazing by Jen Wang book cover. image on cover is of two cartoon children looking up at the stars. One of them is holding an opened book.

Stargazing by Jen Wang

So many of you have talked about Stargazing that I simply have to check it out.

109 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To

  1. I love the look of Stargazing! I’ve seen A Promised Land on a few lists today and that’s one that I’m hoping to get around to reading as well 🙂 I hope you manage to finish these books this year (although mood reading for the win) and enjoy them, Lydia!

  2. Have you read any of Barack Obama’s other books? I’m interested in reading all of them but wondering if I should read one over another?

    • Yes, I’ve read a few others!

      “Dreams from My Father” is a great place to start. This was a memoir about Obama’s childhood and his relationship with his father. He told all sorts of interesting stories about his experiences as a biracial child who was raised by the Caucasian side of his family, his childhood in India, his fun teenage years in Hawaii, etc.

      I also read and enjoyed “The Audacity of Hope” from him. This one was about his desire to change politics to become a more cooperative and hopeful form of governance for the United States. He also told stories in it about his marriage and how he and Michelle dealt with the long hours he put in as a Senator when their daughters were quite young. I don’t know he would have become President if she hadn’t organized so many different things for him behind the scenes in their home/family life.

  3. Good luck with your reading this year. It’s understandable that you were such a mood reader. 2020 was hard. I bought A Promised Land. Not sure if I want to read it now or wait until it gets closer to the release of part 2. I still need to read Becoming.

  4. Your list is the complete opposite of mine LOL. I had 30 books on mine – thanks for commenting by the way. I have Obama’s book on hold at my library and hope to get it within the first few months of 2021!

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