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The Books I Read - 2020


I did a post in 2019 reviewing all the books I read that year. That post was β€œa retrospective on my best year of reading in a decade.” I read 16 books that year, and in 2020 I read 26 so I’ve kept up the habit πŸ™‚.

I still use Goodreads.com to track my reading, but recently Goodreads killed their public API so the Command Line Interface (CLI) application that I built for Goodreads is now dead. Alas.

Instead of inlining my reviews of books in this post, I’ll leverage the new functionality I added to this site to power my library page to link to reviews of all the books I read this year.

Below are the covers, titles, authors, and ratings of the 26 books I read this year. Click them to read my short review.

The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway
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Tender Is the Night

F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #3)

Frank Herbert
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Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad
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Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Foundation (Foundation, #1)

Isaac Asimov
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Why We're Polarized

Ezra Klein
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The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

David Wallace-Wells
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The Pearl

John Steinbeck
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Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles, #2)

Frank Herbert
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The End of Policing

Alex S. Vitale
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Liar's Poker

Michael Lewis
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Dune (Dune, #1)

Frank Herbert
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The Sirens of Titan

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Michael Lewis
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Constructing the Political Spectacle

Murray Edelman
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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond
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The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business

Clayton M. Christensen
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Designing Data-Intensive Applications

Martin Kleppmann
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The Road

Cormac McCarthy
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Normal People

Sally Rooney
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Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny

Kate Manne
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Cat's Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Peter Thiel
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I’ve set my 2021 reading goal at 30 books. Will see how it goes.