January 02, 2021

My Book List From 2020

This is more for a reference for myself, but I am going to post it anyways. This is a list of all of the books I read and the audiobooks I listened to in 2020...


'A Curve in the Road' by Julianne Maclean
'Can't Hurt Me' by David Goggins
'Delay, Don't Deny' by Gin Stephens
'Dry' by Augusten Burroughs (I read this and later listened to the audiobook, forgetting that I'd read it!)
'Every Last Drop' by Sarah Robinson
'If You Tell' by Gregg Olsen
'Lying Next to Me' by Gregg Olsen
'One Last Second' by Sam Vickery
'The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes' by Suzanne Collins
'The Last Thing She Ever Did' by Gregg Olsen
'The Stillwater Girls' by Minka Kent
'Unspeakable Things' by Jess Lourey
'Where the Crawdads Sing' by Delia Owens


'An Anonymous Girl' by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
'Buried Deep' by Margot Hunt
'Dear Wife' by Kimberly Bell
'Dry' by Augusten Burroughs
'Drunk Mom: A Memoir' by Jowita Bydlowska
'Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness' by Suzy Favor Hamilton
'In the Blood' by Lisa Unger
'Little Pretty Things' by Lori Rader-Day
'On Call in the Arctic' by Thomas J. Sims
'Running Man' by Charlie Engle
'Seal Team Six' by Howard E. Wasden
'Stranger in the Lake' by Kimberly Bell
'Tell No One' by Harlan Coben
'The Boy in the Photo' by Nicole Trope
'The Cuckoo's Cry' by Caroline Overington
'The Girls Weekend' by Jody Gehrman
'The Killer Across the Table' by John E. Douglas
'The Marriage Lie' by Kimberly Bell
'The Obesity Code' by Jason Fung, MD
'The Perfect Block' by Blake Pierce
'The Perfect Wife' by Blake Pierce
'The Stranger Inside' by Lisa Unger
'Three Days Missing' by Kimberly Bell
'You Are Not Alone' by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

I'm actually pretty happy with this! I read an average of one book per month. And ALL of the audiobooks were listened to while I was walking. When you walk that much, you get to listen to a lot of books! :) 

Interestingly, I don't remember about 75% of these books--I couldn't tell you what they were about. That scares me--I am terrified of losing my memory. 

Without spoiling, here are a few words about some of the books (links are Amazon affiliate links):

My favorite book of the year was definitely 'Where the Crawdads Sing'. I could NOT put that book down! Loved loved loved it. 

'Drunk Mom' was also a good book--I've read a lot of memoirs (love them) but this was the most raw, honest one I've ever read (listened to). She said things that I think most people would be too ashamed say.

'Can't Hurt Me' was extremely motivational. Everything David Goggins went through to become the beast that he is now is mind-blowing.

'The Marriage Lie' made me cry (ugly cry!) through the first hour and a half of listening while on my walk. I just kept imagining it happening in my own life and good grief. The whole book isn't sad, though--just the first part.

'The Boy in the Photo' made me really think about what I would do in that situation and how hard it would be as a mother.

'In the Blood' had the most shocking twist of any book I've read/listened to. I did NOT see it coming!

'The Obesity Code' was SO informative and eye-opening. It's what really made me want to do intermittent fasting.

And there you have it! I've read/listened to 37 books in 2020--I'm pretty impressed with myself. In 2021, I hope to do more reading. I started 'The Evening and the Morning' by Ken Follett yesterday. It's the prequel to my favorite book, 'The Pillars of the Earth'. It's nearly 1,000 pages, so it might be a while before I finish!


  1. Are you sure that's a complete list? ;-)

    1. Hahaha! I actually listened to your audiobook in November-ish 2019, so unfortunately, it's not on here. But for anyone reading these comments, you MUST read/listen to Nita's memoir "Depression Hates a Moving Target". It's one of my very favorite memoirs of all time, and definitely my favorite for running. Love you, Nita! <3

    2. I read that book after you mentioned it/recommended it last year. I enjoyed it even though my depression has never been quite that debilitating.

    3. Ooops. I'm sorry. My bad. Couldn't help myself. And thanks so much TriMoEngr for reading!!

  2. I suspect that listen to books does not embed them in your memory as well as reading them does. I have had a Kindle Fire for years, and I have lots and lots of books on it, but I definitely find that I don't remember the books I read on Kindle as well as those on paper. I'm not sure if there is research demonstrating either of these; however, there *is* research showing that writing notes by hand (like when you are in a college class) helps your learning better than typing the same notes on a computer. There are just different things are brains seems to be wired for better. So I wouldn't worry about your memory just yet.

    1. That is VERY interesting!! I'd never heard of that, nor has it ever crossed my mind. I'll have to look back at books I've read (paperbacks) versus the Kindle ones and see if I remember them better. I adore my Kindle, so even if I don't retain my suspense novels, I can handle it. ;) But I'm very interested in this theory! Thanks for the info!

  3. Are you on Goodreads? I've gotten in the habit of writing a short review of almost every book I read, which helps me remember them better. Rating the books helps me as well, and I don't worry about forgetting the plots of 2-3 starred books, it means they weren't worth remembering! 4-5 stars means I enjoyed it a lot, 1 star means it was terrible, so I'll remember it for that reason alone!

  4. I loved Fast Girl and Running Man. I read those a few years ago and couldn't put them down. I can't believe you remember all the books you read/listened to. There's no way I could remember mine. Especially "fluff" books that I enjoy. Not necessarily romance, although some are, but I guess what I would call a "girl book." Those are my favorite for zoning out, I read them a lot on vacation. Otherwise I listen to/read a lot of suspense as well, and teen dystopia books. (Have you heard of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer? It starts with Cinder, and is very losely based on Cinderella. All the books are losely based on fairytales, Red Riding Hood, Snow White. It's a good teen series, if you're interested.)


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