I just have to mention this to all my followers that this type of blog post happens once a year and it is not the type of blog post which is going to contain a lot of information about a book or any topic or subject at all. It’s also not meant to be one of those blog posts where I am wishing that google ranks it at the top because, once again, it is not information based at all. This is a blog post for my dedicated followers who have been following and reading my blog posts for a while now. I have been studying from professional bloggers recently and the general rule of thumb is that (well from now on) all my blog posts will be long and detailed but hopefully not boring. I am aiming for quality from now on and not quality.
However, this blog is completely different, this is a blog that is going to be short and just a quick list of all the books that I have read during the 2020 year. Once again, the next time that I write a similar blog post like this will probably be a year from now (god willing). So this is not a usual blog post. With that being said, 2020 was the year which I really fell in love with books and so I wasn’t actively involved in the 2020 reading challenge from the beginning.
Up until that point, I had read books from time to time and I loved visiting libraries and scholars were amongst my favorite people on the planet. However, I would never truly absorb myself in a book regularly. In the summer of 2019 I read many of Tabari’s books but that was about that for 2019 and in 2018 I read the alchemist and a couple of other books but that was about that as well. Here and there I would read a few academic articles, watch some exciting lectures on YouTube but I would never actively read book after book after book. Each year I would come across one amazing book and upon completing that book I wouldn’t look back.
So what changed in 2020? Well two things. For one, I came across what would become one of my favorite books ever in the middle of 2020, The Book of Hidden Things and the second thing was lockdown. After reading the The Book of Hidden Things I realised that books were really a world of their own and that bookworms were quite literally living in a different realm. I was way too absorbed in that book and I thought to myself that I wanted to experience that feeling again and again. Lockdown also introduced changed to our lifestyles and this also led to me deciding to beginning the 2020 reading challenge on Good Reads.
It was actually even the first time that I made a Good Reads account and was really amazed with the community on Good Reads. It was an entire application full of people who loved reading books, all sorts of different people with different personalities from different places were on Good Reads. Some of those people were doing amazingly on their reading challenges. From reading 50 books to 75 books to 100 books a year. I was astonished. I didn’t want to force myself into doing what I thought would be impossible so I chose a humble number of 12 and began the reading challenge.
As I read more books my mind opened up more and more to new ideas, my mentality increased and very soon I was visiting libraries more and more. I even managed to go above the 2020 reading challenge by reading 15 books instead of 12! Eventually I was even motivated enough to begin starting this website of mine that you are reading from. Reading more really will begin so many more opportunities for you. So without further ado, here is my 2020 reading list. I hope you enjoy.
- As A Man Thinketh – James Allen
- The Cornfield – Anne Nowlin
- Game Of Thrones – George RR Martin
- The Murder On The Links – Agatha Christie
- The Remembrance of Death and The Afterlife – Shaykh Ibn Qudamah
- Party Games – Jon Athan
- What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 – Tina Seelig
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone – J.K. Rowling
- The Richest Man In Babylon – George S. Clason
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Chris Sasaki
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
- The History of al-Tabari Vol 18 – Shaykh Tabari
- Saladin: Life, Legend, Legacy – John Man
- And Then There Were None – Agathe Christie
The books were listed out with the order that they were written on. I have already read 10 books this year so far which isn’t a lot but at the rate I am going I should do twice as better as I did last year. That is the main aim, to continuously keep improving until I am reading 100 books a year that is one of my big goals. I hope you enjoyed this blog post and for my followers, see you next year where I hope I will be sharing my 2021 book list. I also hope that my 2021 book list that I will be sharing will be longer and more interesting.
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