Books Read in 2020

You figured with a pandemic and the shutdown of social gatherings; I would have a ton of time to catch up on reading. However, I only read 7 more books than last year. I got distracted by video games and various side projects during the second half of the year. 

With remote work, I spent less time in my car the past year and, therefore, listened to fewer audiobooks. My favorite audiobook this past year was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. It was read by the author himself. He did a wonderful job using different voices for the characters. It felt more like audio theater than an audiobook.

My reading followed my personal interests in 2020, which sounds like an obvious statement. I started the year reading a bunch of self-help books focused on entrepreneurship. I then transitioned to science fiction and fantasy. I got into Chinese science fiction after reading Paper Menagerie. I ended the year with a couple of sports betting books.

The most impactful book this past year was Getting Things Done by David Allen. I used the organizational methods described in this book throughout 2020. I start Monday mornings by pulling up the book’s weekly review checklist. The weekly review goes over every process involved in the GTD system, such as next actions, projects, waiting for, and someday/maybe lists. 

Books read in 2020:

  1. Stumbling on Happiness
  2. Getting Things Done
  3. The Magic of Thinking Big
  4. E-Myth Revisited
  5. The Inevitable (Audiobook)
  6. Essentialism
  7. Little Fires Everywhere (Audiobook)
  8. The Courage to Be Disliked
  9. Flash Boys (Audiobook)
  10. Food Rules
  11. Anything You Want
  12. Head First HTML and CSS
  13. Awareness
  14. Atomic Habits (Audiobook)
  15. The Graveyard Book (Audiobook)
  16. Paper Menagerie and Other Short Stories
  17. The Amber Spyglass
  18. On Writing Well
  19. Fooled by Randomness (Audiobook)
  20. White Fragility
  21. The Three Body Problem
  22. The Dark Forest
  23. Hell Yeah or No
  24. Single Blade of Grass
  25. Beat the Sports Books
  26. Sharp Sports Betting
  27. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

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