When the familiar is no longer

Every year I track the books I read. It’s usually just a couple of pages somewhere in the back of my planner. 2020 was no exception…except that the entire year felt like an exception. I started the year strong – reading three books a month- and then we started staying home. You’d think that would be a book lover’s dream, but I found myself unable to read more than a few pages in a sitting.

Sometime around mid-July (four months into our stay-home practices) I sat down and read a good portion of a book in a day. It felt odd to read so much. Odder still was the fact that reading could feel foreign to me. I learned to read at 3 years old and books became an integral part of my life.

Book lovers practically train for the possibility to spend months at home with nothing but books to occupy their time. Turns out, a global pandemic can rewire your brain and keep you from that dream.  This year, my inability to do a simple thing I loved felt like an extra level of loneliness. 

Nonetheless, I did manage to read this year. I learned from some books, and just thoroughly enjoyed others. I have no insight to provide…except that I missed reading for a third of this year and I’m glad I had the privilege to regain the ability.

Non-Fiction Fiction
Changing our Mind – David Gushee The Wife – Alafair Burke
Does Jesus Really Love Me – Jeff Chu The Rooster Bar – John Grisham
Becoming – Michelle Obama When Life Gives you Lululemons – Lauren Weisberger
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told – Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman Sheer Abandon – Penny Vincenzi
The Myth of the American Dream – D.L. Mayfield All We Ever Wanted – Emily Giffin
Untamed – Glennon Doyle The Water Dancer – Ta Nehisi Coates
How to be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi The Most Fun We Ever Had – Claire Lombardo
Fierce, Free, & Full of Fire – Jen Hatmaker Kiss Carlo – Adriana Trigiani 
Born a Crime – Trevor Noah  
Be the Bridge – Latasha Morrison  
Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0 – Brenda Salter-McNeil  
Greenlights – Matthew McConaughey  
A Promised Land – Barack Obama