Pandemic Year 1 (2020) Book Round-Up

In 2020, I was busy with, I don’t know, surviving a worldwide pandemic while trying to finish my second semester MA courses virtually (good-bye, Shanghai 😢 ), so I didn’t read for fun as much as I would have liked. Regardless, here’s my very late round-up of what I read in 2020. Bolded are my highly recommended recommendations, and some of the children’s fiction on there was a result of me teaching online classes to Chinese students! It was fun to revisit those stories. Anyway, here’s what I read!


  • The White Book by Han Kang
  • Fox 8 by George Saunders
  • Dancing Arabs by Sayed Kashua
  • reread: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  • reread: The Magic Treehouse Books 1-7 by Mary Pope Osbourne
  • online: Paired with the Potterhead by Kersten Noelle
  • online: Grey Matter by Taylor Rae
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  • Historically Inaccurate by Shay Bravo
  • online: Crossword by Imogene

Stage Plays:

  • The Slave by Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones
  • We Are Not These Hands by Sheila Callaghan
  • She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
  • Ghosts by Elford Alley
  • The Weirdest Plays of 2020 collected by Rachael Carnes


  • Songs to Make You Smile by Natsuki Takaya


  • No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
  • Red Flags: Why Xi’s China Is in Jeopardy by George Magnus
  • Educated by Tara Westover


  • Unseen Hand Poems by Adam Zagajewski and translated by Clare Cavanaugh
  • Swimming Lessons by Lili Reinhart

Literary Magazines/Chapbooks:

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