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Since starting my degree, I’ve found myself wanting to expand my horizons and incorporate types of literature I might not have looked twice at previously into my collection. And so, one resolution that I make at the start of every year is aiming to read roughly 100 books. Despite the pandemic last year and having a lot more time on my hands, I let myself have a wee break from this so-called resolution, and so I fell slightly short of my target. Still, 93 books is pretty impressive, right? It’s safe to say that I discovered some new all-time favourites while still letting myself reach for some absolute classics.


So, here is everything I read in the year that was 2020 (and yes, I recommend all of them):



  1. The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  4. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  5. Emma by Jane Austen
  6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  7. The Familiars by Stacey Halls
  8. How To Be Right in a World Gone Wrong by James O’Brien
  9. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  10. 52 Times Britain was a Bellend: The History You Didn’t Get Taught At School by James Felton
  11. It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies) by Scarlett Curtis
  12. The Last Thing She Told Me by Linda Green
  13. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  14. Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay
  15. Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus
  16. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  17. The Testament of Cresseid & Seven Fables by Robert Henryson
  18. The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd
  19. The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
  20. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
  21. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  22. Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson
  23. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  24. Renaissance Women Poets by Isabella Whitney
  25. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  26. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
  27. History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
  28. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  29. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  30. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  31. We Hope This Reaches You in Time by r.h. Sin
  32. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  33. The Waves by Virginia Woolf
  34. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden: An Insider’s Guide to Coalition, the General Election and false promises by John Crace
  35. Wonder by RJ. Palacio
  36. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  37. Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
  38. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  39. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  40. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schnedider
  41. Helium by Rudy Francisco
  42. What a Time to Be Alone by Chidera Eggerue
  43. Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change by Chelsea Kwakye
  44. Me and White Supremacy by Layla. F. Saad
  45. All My Sons by Arthur Miller
  46. Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given
  47. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  48. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  49. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  50. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
  51. Collected Poems by Dylan Thomas
  52. The Bell Jar by Silvia Plath
  53. Expectation by Anna Hope
  54. Lanny by Max Porter
  55. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  56. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
  57. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  58. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
  59. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
  60. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  61. The Divine Comedy (Inferno, Paradiso and Purgatory) by Dante
  62. So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  63. The Classic Works of Hilda Doolittle by H.D
  64. The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy by Mina Loy
  65. The Iliad by Homer
  66. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  67. The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S Eliot
  68. Flux by Orion Carloto
  69. The Odyssey by Homer
  70. The Salt Path by Winn Raynor
  71. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
  72. Jazz Poems by Kevin Young
  73. The Greek and Roman Myths by Phillip Matyszak
  74. A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride
  75. The Aeneid by Virgil 
  76. Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
  77. My Friend Leonard by James Frey
  78. Selected Stories by Katherine Mansfield
  79. The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd
  80. Metamorphoses by Ovid
  81. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  82. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  83. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  84. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  85. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  86. Ariel by Silvia Plath
  87. If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
  88. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  89. Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  90. Richard III by William Shakespeare
  91. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  92. The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
  93. Persuasion by Jane Austen
I'm a 22 year old student from North Wales studying MA English Literature at the University of Aberdeen. You'll find me writing about anything and everything from the horrors of imposter syndrome to Phoebe Waller-Bridge's latest revelation.
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