Reading List - 2020

[Originally posted on Facebook]

Every January, I post short reviews of the books I read the previous year. Due to the craziness of the past year, I didn’t have the energy to actually write reviews, but here’s what I read in 2020:


  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez (tr. Gregory Rabassa)


  • Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America’s Most Radical Idea – Eric Reese
  • The Last Samurai – Helen DeWitt
  • Exhalation: Stories – Ted Chiang
  • Piranesi – Suzanna Clarke


  • The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein [thanks Mel]
  • So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America – Richard Rothstein
  • Stories of Your Life and Others – Ted Chiang
  • Lame Fate / Ugly Swans – Arkadi and Boris Strugatsky (tr. Maya Vinokour)
  • Monday Starts on Saturday – Arkadi and Boris Strugatsky (new tr. by Andrew Bromfield)
  • October: The Story of the Russian Revolution – China Mieville


  • Trysting – Emmanuelle Pagano (tr. Jennifer Higgins and Sophie Lewis)


  • The Tall Building Artistically Reconsidered – Ada Louise Huxtable
  • Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages – Gaston Dorren (tr. Alison Edwards)


  • The Mathematician’s Shiva – Stuart Rojstaczer


  • Give them an Argument: Logic for the Left – Ben Burgis


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