Books I Read in 2020

This is the list of all 86 books I read to completion in Calendar Year 2020.

I started the year focusing on short fiction, as detailed in other posts. Then the lockdown hit in March, and I was put on a crazy work project in April which had me working 50+ hour weeks, second and third shift until the end of July. In order to stay sane and balanced I switched to long-form fiction, and specifically fantasy fiction.

This was driven in no small part by a decision to write a fantasy novel. At ConFusion 2020 I spent a lot of time talking to a number of self-published authors, who have found varying degrees of success in their craft. All of them, however, were quite happy with the self-publishing route, and in reading their work I discovered for myself that which many people have known for a long time: Self-published work can be just as good, or even better, than work published through more traditional means.

These authors introduced me to the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, the winners and runners-up of which are equal (at least!) in quality to the best of traditionally published fantasy.

I have been well aware of this with reference to poetry, but for some reason the blind spot around self-published prose was more difficult to, well, see.

So I read a lot of fantasy, including the first nineteen books in R.A. Salvatore’s Legend of Drizzt sequence set in the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons and Dragons. There are 36 books in the series, but after 19 the boundary between reality and not-reality was beginning to blur.

In October I participated in the Sealey Challenge and read 31 poetry books in 31 days, which did wonderful things for my state of mind.

In November and December I read many of the novellas I have accrued from Subterranean Press. This also did wonderful things for my state of mind.

Anyway, here is the list. Next year I will break the long-form reading list up and combine it with the short fiction lists I have posted at the end of each month.

2020.03.05: Valencia, Sayak – Gore Capitalism

2020.04.06: Gibson, WilliamNeuromancer
2020.04.08: Walton, DavidThe Genius Plague
2020.04.09: Indiana, RitaTentacle
2020.04.11: Mieville, ChinaThe Last Days of New Paris
2020.04.12: Bacigalupi, PaoloThe Alchemist
2020.04.16: Steinmetz, FerrettThe Sol Majestic
2020.04.28: Jemisin, N.K.The City We Became

2020.05.05: Salvatore, R.A.Homeland
2020.05.08: Salvatore, R.A. – Exile
2020.05.10: Salvatore, R.A. – Sojourn
2020.05.12: Rowland, DianaMy Life as a White Trash Zombie
2020.05.23: Wang, M.L.The Sword of Kaigen
2020.05.26: Eichenlaub, Anthony W.Justice in an Age of Metal and Men

2020.06.01: McGuire, SeananEvery Heart a Doorway
2020.06.07: Shel, MikeAching God
2020.06.18: Pike, J. ZacharyOrconomics
2020.06.28: Hayes, Rob J.Where Loyalties Lie

2020.07.05: Künsken, DerekThe Quantum Magician
2020.07.06: Salvatore, R.A. – The Crystal Shard
2020.07.10: Salvatore, R.A. – Streams of Silver
2020.07.14: Salvatore, R.A. – The Halfling’s Gem
2020.07.15: Hossain, Saad Z.The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday
2020.07.16: Salvatore, R.A. – The Legacy
2020.07.17: Salvatore, R.A. – Starless Night
2020.07.18: Salvatore, R.A. – Siege of Darkness
2020.07.23: Salvatore, R.A. – Passage to Dawn
2020.07.30: Salvatore, R.A. – The Silent Blade

2020.08.03: Salvatore, R.A. – The Spine of the World
2020.08.06: Salvatore, R.A. – Sea of Swords
2020.08.08: Salvatore, R.A. – The Thousand Orcs
2020.08.10: Salvatore, R.A. – The Lone Drow
2020.08.12: Salvatore, R.A. – The Two Swords
2020.08.18: Salvatore, R.A. – The Orc King
2020.08.22: Salvatore, R.A. – The Pirate King
2020.08.28: Salvatore, R.A. – The Ghost King

2020.09.03: Ward, JesmynSing, Unburied, Sing
2020.09.17: Alexander, MichelleThe New Jim Crow
2020.09.24: Ashton, DyrkPaternus: War of Gods

2020.10.01: Rogin-Roper, LeahTwo Truths and a Lie
2020.10.02: Danos, StephenMissing Slides
2020.10.03: Mandelstam, OsipVoronezh Notebooks
2020.10.04: Almeida, AlexisI Have Never Been Able to Sing
2020.10.05: Kaneko, W. ToddThis Is How the Bone Sings
2020.10.06: Coolidge, Sarah (ed.) – Home: New Arabic Poetry
2020.10.07: Cooper, WynChaos Is the New Calm
2020.10.08: ortiz, mónica teresaautobiography of a semiromantic anarchist
2020.10.09: Brace, KristinThe Farthest Dreaming Hill
2020.10.10: de Alba, Cassandrahabitats
2020.10.11: Le Guin, UrsulaWild Angels
2020.10.12: Matthews, Airea D.Simulacra
2020.10.12: Meltzer, DavidSan Francisco Beat: Talking With the Poets
2020.10.13: Rogal, LisaFeed Me Weird Things
2020.10.14: Amezcua, EloisaOn Not Screaming
2020.10.15: Stafford, WilliamMy Name is William Tell
2020.10.16: Stack, GarrettYeoman’s Work
2020.10.17: Brandt, EmilySleeptalk or Not At All
2020.10.18: Olszewska, DanielaAnswering Machine
2020.10.18: Sizemore, JasonFor Exposure
2020.10.19: Marinovich, FilipWolfman Librarian
2020.10.20: Harris, JosephLogically Thinking
2020.10.21: Harrison, JimCollected Ghazals
2020.10.22: Bettis, ChristineBurnout Paradise
2020.10.23: Gleason, RachelNew Kind of Rebellion
2020.10.24: Khayyam, OmarThe Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
2020.10.25: Cáceres, OmarDefense of the Idol
2020.10.26: Chang, KristinPast Lives, Future Bodies
2020.10.27: Goff, NicholeAluminum Necropolis
2020.10.28: Gurton-Wachter, AnnaBlank Blank Blues
2020.10.29: Porter, BillRoad to Heaven
2020.10.29: Burns, MeganSleepwalk With Me
2020.10.30: Trier-Walker, Amy JoTrembling Ourselves Into Trees
2020.10.31: Harrison, JimLetters to Yesenin

2020.11.10: Gevers, Nick (ed.) – The Book of Dreams
2020.11.15: Palmatier, Joshua (ed.) Apocalyptic
2020.11.25: Wendig, ChuckDamn Fine Story
2020.11.28: Vance, JackThe Kragen

2020.12.02 – de Bodard, AlietteOn a Red Station, Drifting
2020.12.04 – Baker, KageRude Mechanicals
2020.12.06 – Desmond, MatthewEvicted
2020.12.06 – Armstrong, Kelley Lost Souls
2020.12.16 – Bear, ElizabethBook of Iron
2020.12.17 – Bear, Elizabeth – Ad Eternum
2020.12.19 – Grant, MiraFinal Girls
2020.12.25 – Steffen, David (ed.) – The Long List Anthology, volume 6
2020.12.28 – Kittredge, CaitlinThe Curse of Four

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