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.


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

  1. Great list! I don’t tend to reach for autobiographies when I read non-fiction, but I imagine A Promised Land is a fascinating read. I hope you enjoy all of these!

  2. 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!

  3. Berthold Gambrel

    Great list. I’m about halfway through “A Promised Land” right now and I am enjoying it.

  4. I’d like to listen The Promise Land this year as well!

  5. A Promised Land is on my TBR for 2021!

  6. Stargazing is such a cute book! I hope you enjoy it if you ever read it.
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday list.

  7. I definitely need to read A Promised Land!

  8. I also have The Promised Land on my TBR. I am on the waitlist at the library, and it says 3 month wait, so we shall see.

  9. Donna van Eck

    Stargazing looks amazing. I am adding it to my TBR

  10. I’ve seen the Barack Obama book making the rounds lately! It seems like a lot of people have been liking it. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get to them ♡

  11. Being a mood reader is hard under the best circumstances, but when the world collapses into chaos? Oof, it’s so much harder. Stargazing sounds really good, and I want to check that one out, too!

  12. I’m a mood reader, too! More mood reading than ever before in 2020!

  13. I am hoping to read Obama’s book this year. I hope you get to as well!

  14. I hope you can read these soon. I will have to look up Stargazing. I think I’ve seen it around but don’t know too much. Happy reading!

  15. A Promised Land was very dense and took me a while to finish, but it was so good!

  16. I like to have a few books on my list, but not hundreds. This is a perfect list.

  17. I hope you can read these this year!


  18. Louise @ Foxes and Fairy Tales

    Stargazing looks really cute!

  19. I hope you’re able to read all these this year. Stargazing looks really good! 🙂

  20. I totally meant to get to A Promised Land as well… I have the audiobook on hold at the library, and I can’t wait to listen!

  21. Very interested in checking out A Promised Land as well. Great list!

  22. Lydia, I hope you will enjoy reading these when you are in the mood for them. 🙂

  23. I too am working on the Obama book right now. I got it in audio and then discovered that it will take over 29 hours of listening to finishing it. Needless to say progress is slow.

  24. The astrophysics book has come up on my radar a time or two while doing scouting for the Science Survey. Reminds me a bit of Phil Plait’s “Death from the Skies!” in the premise.

  25. I would like to read A Promised Land someday, too. Happy reading!

  26. That is an admirably short TBR – I hope you finish them this year!

  27. I’ve seen some of Dr. Mack’s tweets, and really enjoyed those. I’ll have to look for her book as well!

  28. I’ve seen the Obama book on lots of lists today. I actually bought it for my daughter for Christmas, but she exchanged it for a book she wanted more! LOL. I’ll have to get it from the library at some point. I hope you enjoy it and the others on your list when you get to them.

    Happy TTT!


  29. I hope that you finish A Promised Land! It was good!

  30. Stargazing looks really cute! I do want to read the Obama book, but I don’t tend to pick up a lot of non-fiction. Still, hoping to get to it this year. Good luck!

  31. Yes, I wanted to read A Promised Land as well. I hope we both get the chance to get to it.

  32. 2020 was a bad year for reading for me too. Hope these are great- I love astronomy.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. Stargazing looks so cute! Great list!

  36. 2020 also made it harder for me to read so I feel you on that. I have been wanting to read one of Obama’s books.

  37. Stargazing is something I want to read soon to and of course A Promised Neverland!

    I totally get the mood reading part 🥺

  38. I love that cover for Stargazing, a book I’d not heard of before.

  39. I definitely want to read “A Promised Land” but I have to get to it first. “Stargaying sounds really cute.”

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

  40. I hope you get to these this year and that you love them!

  41. I definitely want to get to A Promised Land soon but the size puts me off.

  42. 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!

  43. Stargazing sounds like a lovely book.

  44. Great list! My mom lent me her copy of A Promised Land. It looks good.

  45. I want to read A Promised Land as well. That cover of Stargazing looks really cute. I might have to see what it is about.

  46. I hope you get to them this year. A Promised Land looks like it will be great.

  47. I was hoping to read A Promised Land last year too. Hopefully we’ll both get to it soon. I’ve heard great things about it.

  48. I’ve recently decided to read more graphic novels, so I’ll definitely have to add Stargazing to my list!

  49. Stargazing looks so cute. Hope you’ll enjoy al of these!

  50. I hope it won’t be long till you are in the mood to read and (hopefully) enjoy these books. Happy reading, Lydia! 😃

  51. Stargazing seems so cute. Hope you get a chance to read these books this year.

    Thanks for visiting my blog on Tuesday.

  52. Stargazing looks cute! I hope you enjoy it!

    Thanks for visiting Shell’s Stories. 🙂

  53. Stargazing seems so cute! I really want to read A Promised Land this year too.

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