2020 Mid-year Reading Progress and TBR

Given everything that has happened in the world recently, I didn’t read as much as I wanted to in the month of June. With that being said, I figured I would reflect on what I’ve read so far this year and look at which books I want to get to before the end of the year.

What I’ve Read So Far

I am a painfully slow reader πŸ˜… so my list of read books probably pales in comparison to many others, but considering that this is the most amount of books I’ve read in over a decade — and we’re only halfway through the year — I was encouraged by how much I’ve accomplished so far. I’ve reviewed *most* of these books on this site, and I may or may not do retrospective reviews for the ones that I haven’t yet covered.

  • Chinua Achebe – Things Fall Apart
  • Toni Morrison – Sula
  • Oyinkan Braithwaite – My Sister, the Serial Killer
  • Chimamandah Ngozi Adichie – Americanah
  • Octavia E. Butler – Kindred
  • Tomi Adeyemi – Children of Blood and Bone
  • Octavia E. Butler – Dawn
  • Nnedi Okorafor – Binti
  • Octavia E. Butler – Adulthood Rites
  • Upile Chisala – soft magic
  • Tayari Jones – An American Marriage
  • Lupita Nyong’o & Vashti Harrison – Sulwe
  • Octavia E. Butler – Imago
  • Morgan Parker – Magical Negro
  • Colson Whitehead – The Underground Railroad
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – We Should All Be Feminists
  • Toni Morrison – The Bluest Eye

What I’m Currently Reading:

  • James Baldwin – Go Tell It On the Mountain

I’ve learned a lot about James Baldwin over the years, watched a few of his speeches/debates, and even saw the film adaptation of his novel If Beale Street Could Talk, but this is actually my first encounter with his written work. I started this book right after finishing The Bluest Eye, but I lost a bit of the motivation to continue, given just how insane this past month was. I’m hoping to get that spark back and finish it soon, because I was highly intrigued by the little that I did read.


I can’t promise myself anything, but these are just some of the books I want to get to before the end of the year. I’m keeping this list short so that I actually have a chance of reaching this goal πŸ˜‚

  • Fiction,
    • N.K. Jemisin – The Fifth Season (as well as other N.K. Jemisin books)
    • Abi DarΓ© – The Girl with the Louding Voice
    • Yaa Gyasi – Homegoing
    • Colson Whitehead – The Nickel Boys
    • Brit Bennett – The Vanishing Half
    • Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Water Dancer
    • Nnedi Okorafor – Who Fears Death
  • Non-fiction/Memoir
    • Saeed Jones – How We Fight for Our Lives
    • George M. Johnson – All Boys Aren’t Blue
    • Angela Davis – Are Prisons Obsolete?
    • bell hooks – We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity
    • Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Case for Reparations
  • Poetry
    • Danez Smith – Homie

What books have you read so far this year? Which ones did you like the most? What books do you plan on reading this year?

Published by Bryan O.

Nigerian-American | Dallas, TX | twitter.com/Br0kani

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