At the beginning of 2019, I set myself an end-of-the-year reading goal of 70 books.

I failed.

I started strong, but by December I couldn’t even remember the last time I had opened up a book. My failure was due, in part, to only focusing on achieving the goal of 70 books. I was so hung up on reaching a number that I was not enjoying and absorbing what I read. I grew bored with the challenge and finished the year at 30 books.

This year, my goal is to read 60 books. I will be reading a mix of fiction, non-fiction, and textbooks. My secondary goal is to write a short book review for each. I’m thinking at a minimum between 200 – 300 words.

I have two objectives:

  1. Develop a reading habit rather than a scrolling, YouTube, or Netflix habit
  2. Learn. History, finances, business skills, etc.

My reading list below is not yet complete and is not posted in order. I’ll be updating it with new titles regularly. Also, some of the books are rereads. If you have a book suggestion, send it over! I hope that my reading list inspires you to read more this year.

Follow me on Goodreads to see progress and reviews.

I finished four books before starting the challenge:

  1. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  2. Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins
  3. The Narrows by Michael Connelly
  4. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Reading List for 2020

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur Clarke
  2. 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur Clarke
  3. 2061: Odyssey Three by Arthur Clarke
  4. 3001: The Final Odyssey by Arthur Clarke
  5. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  6. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  7. Age of Conquests – The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC – AD 138) by Angelos Chaniotis
  8. American God by Neil Gaiman
  9. The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie
  10. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
  11. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
  12. The Black Death from Captivating History
  13. Breakthrough Advertising by Eugene M. Schwartz
  14. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
  15. Dune by Frank Herbert
  16. Egyptian Mythology by Matt Clayton
  17. Excel Dashboards and Reports for Dummies
  18. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  19. Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
  20. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
  21. Hero – The Life & Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda
  22. How to Talk to Anyone – 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships by Janine Driver
  23. The Odyssey by Homer
  24. The Olmecs from Captivating History
  25. Percy Jackson 1 by Rick Riordan
  26. Percy Jackson 2 by Rick Riordan
  27. Percy Jackson 3 by Rick Riordan
  28. Percy Jackson 4 by Rick Riordan
  29. Percy Jackson 5 by Rick Riordan
  30. The Pol Pot Regime by Ben Kiernan
  31. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  32. The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
  33. The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions by Howard Pyle
  34. The Story of the Champions of the Round Table by Howard Pyle
  35. Teach Yourself Business Plans in 24 Hours by Michael Miller
  36. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  37. War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells