Bookworm. 20 in 20


I still read with a hard copy in hand. I like the feel of books. I like how they get worn after a while … how the book feels thicker when you close it after reading because the pages have been handled and bent. I like how books smell and I like seeing well-read books stacked on a shelf.

I don’t mind electronic versions of books. I do read in my iPad in the Books and Kindle app occasionally – but my overall preference is a paperback or hardcover book in my hand, always and forever.

I don’t often make a lot of new year resolutions – but I have made one for 2020 and it’s a personal one of reading 20 books. That goal is not a stretch for me, but I want to be realistic. Life sometimes gets in the way of being able to sit in a comfy chair and get lost in a good book. I’m a recent empty-nester, so I do find more time on my hands than I used to and have decided to use some of that time to read more.

I built a list in GoodReads on a shelf called “20 in 20” and am posting it here to remind myself of my 2020 goal – now I just have to decide where to begin!


Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us
The Yellow House
The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Night Boat to Tangier
Lost Children Archive
Exhalation: Stories
The Topeka School
Disappearing Earth
Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide
How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States
Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom
The Cigarette: A Political History
Thomas Paine and the Clarion Call for American Independence
American Radicals: How Nineteenth-Century Protest Shaped the Nation
Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power
The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America
The Season: A Social History of the Debutante
Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume Three: Herself Alone

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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

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