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

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