Wrapping my 2020 in books. I have read 61 books this year and will read Burnt Sugar later tonight which I’m not sure I can finish it by the year end. So here are my 10 favourite books of 2020 not organized in order.
- Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbandthad
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
- The Garden of Evening Mist by Tan Twan Eng
- Home Going by Yaa Gyasi
- The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly
- The Sea Speaks His Name by Leila Chudori, tr. by John McGlynn
- Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami, tr. by Sam Bett David Boyd
- Shelter by Jung Yun
- The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
- The Hidden History of Burma by Thant Myint-U
Other honourable mentions are:
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
- When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy
- Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam Joo, tr. by Jamie Chang
2020 is quite a reading journey for me. With 61 books in total, I had read 36 books by 31 male writers, 24 books by 23 female writers, and one book by a mixed of both. (Swipe next for some statistics.)
In past, my bookshelf and reading history are packed with Western writers. The only prominent Asian writer is Haruki Murakami. So I decided to pick up more on Asian Literature this year and thanks to the amazing SEAsian bookstagrammers (you know who you are!!), I found out more about Asian writers. This year, I read 16 books on Asian Lit and 4 of them are from SEAsian writers.
I’ve read a fair share of Burmese books, too. There are many new and intriguing books and three of my absolute favourites are:
- Spring Water by Lynn Khar
- People, Streets, Jobs and Related Things by Chit Min Wai
- Suicidal Intent on Monday by Yay Aye
I want to read Burmese contemporary books which are chunky (why are they getting thin?) and rich with vibrant narrative and interesting characters. Maybe I don’t know how to dig more about the books in my own language. I hope I’ve become more knowledgeable on Burmese Lit in future, too.
That’s the wrap of my 2020 in books. Look forward to going into reading adventure with you all in next year, as well.