2020 Reading List

2020 Reading List

Last year, I did a reading challenge where I had to read 24 books in 2019. I accomplished this challenge and was a bit surprised that I did accomplish it. My life now, doesn’t leave much space for reading. I’m delighted that I’m back in the habit of picking up a book.

For 2020, I don’t want to read a quantity of books. I want to broaden my reading horizon and improve my writing skills. To do this, I’ve come up with a new plan: a reading list. Today, I jotted down a whole heap of books I want to read, and I’ll list them here. My one rule is that I’m not allowed to re-read a book. Absolutely no book that I’ve already read, because I always go down that rabbit hole and then wonder why I’m bored. This list won’t be set in stone, I may read other books that aren’t on this list. This is a guide of what I would like to read this year. If I don’t succeed in reading these books, I’ll add them to the 2021 reading list post that I’ll do next year.

So far the books are in three categories: English, français and Buddhism/Meditation. In no specific order:


  • Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  • Motherfocloir, Darach O’Séaghdha
  • Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
  • The Good Girls Revolt, Lynn Povich
  • Bleak House, Charles Dickens
  • Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  • The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
  • Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Beloved, Toni Morrison
  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  • The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Fear of Flying, Erica Jong


  • L’Etranger, Albert Camus
  • L’Enfant Noir, Camara Laye
  • Entre les Murs, François Bégaudeau
  • La Maison de Claudine, Colette
  • Candide, Voltaire
  • Notre Dame de Paris, Victor Hugo
  • Soumission, Michel Houellebeg
  • Le Père Goriot, Honoré de Balzac
  • Les Fleurs du Mal, Honoré de Balzac
  • Fables, Jean de La Fontaine
  • Le petit Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Les Misérables, Victor Hugo

Buddhism & Meditation

  • Approaching the Dhamma: Buddhist Texts and Practices in South and South-East Asia, Anne M. Blackburn
  • The Art of Dying, Osho
  • The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation: As Taught by S. N. Goenka, William Hart
  • The Buddha’s Ancient Path, Piyadassi Thera
  • Mindfulness in Plain English, Henepolo Gunaratana
  • What the Buddha Taught, Walpola Rahula
  • The Dhammapada, Anonymous
  • A Practical and Spiritual Path: An Introduction to Vipassana Meditation
Image: English: A Bookshelf by Stewart Butterfield License

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