2020 has been an interesting year, but I am so grateful for all the extra time I was given to do more of the things I love, like reading. I have read so many books in 2020, but here are my top favorites that I highly recommend.
- Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen. My mom gave me this book right when we all went on lockdown. I found this book so relevant because I was going through such a difficult time in my life. Jennie’s words were so powerful and resonated with my story. I have always approached my anxious thoughts from a scientific perspective, but Jennie talks about anxiety from a spiritual perspective. I was able to take some tools from her book and apply them into my own life.
- The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. I had purchased this book about two summers ago, thinking I would read it on my trip to the Pacific Northwest, but I never opened it the entire time I was on vacation. The book collected dust on my bookshelf until this past June went I took it with me on vacation to Destin, Florida. If you like historical fiction and anything World War II-related, then I highly recommend this book. It is a thriller and kept me on edge so much that I could not stop reading. I was left in chills after finishing it.
- All Along You Were Blooming: Thoughts for Boundless Living by Morgan Harper Nicholas. Morgan Harper Nicholas is one of my favorite poets. I even have one of her poems on a poster in my dorm room. Her words speak to me in ways other words don’t. If I ever have a bad day, this is the first resource I go to for comfort.
4. It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn. I randomly saw this book while browsing through Amazon out of plain boredom (sorry, bank account). The title lured me in and got me curious. So I did what I do best, which is to click “buy now.” I am fascinated with epigenetics, so needless to say, I was stoked when the book arrived at my doorstep. Mind-blowing is the only word I can use to describe this book. Please take my word and read it.
5. Educated by Tara Westover. What an exhilarating story about pursuing education regardless of the odds staked against someone.