Marion’s 2020 Reading List

by | Jan 3, 2020 | 2020 Book Reviews, Wisdom From Kammbia Column | 0 comments

I love lists. I love putting together reading lists. I have created reading lists for several years now.  Most of the time, I tend to follow my reading lists.  However, in the reading lists of 2018 and 2019, I veered off course on what I plan to read. 

This year, I plan to stay on course with the books I have chosen onto my reading list.  I’m an eclectic reader.  My favorite genre is fantasy but I read science fiction, mystery, literary fiction and non-fiction. I will read romance and western novels for this year’s list.  My reading credo is that “Reading is the cheapest and easiest passport you can get to a new world without ever leaving home”.   Readers should take advantage of that gift and not lock yourself into a favorite genre.   I usually read 35-40 books a year and since I’m currently writing my latest Kammbia novel, Ciscoe’s Dance, that amount of books will be all I can handle for 2020.

However, I have posted 30 books for the reading list that I will read in 2020.  These 30 books will be read in order as they appeared on the list.  And if I don’t finish a book, then I will put it down and go onto the next one.  Looking forward to another great reading year and here are my choices for the Marion’s 2020 Reading List.

  1. Black Women in Science by Kimberly Brown Pellum
  2. Animals at the End of the World by Gloria Susana Esquivel
  3. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor (Book 2 of the Binti Series)
  4. The Confessor by Daniel Silva
  5. My Life with Earth, Wind, & Fire by Maurice White
  6. Before The Mayflower by Lerone Bennett Jr.
  7. Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills
  8. Paradise by Toni Morrison
  9. The Guide by R.K. Narayan
  10. The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner
  11. Face of an Angel by Denise Chavez
  12. The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni
  13. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  14. The Innkeeper’s Song by Peter Beagle
  15. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
  16. Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
  17. The Illicit Happiness of Other People by Manu Joseph
  18. A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri
  19. Joplin’s Ghost by Tananarive Due
  20. Beton Rouge by Simone Buchholz (Chastity Riley Book 2)
  21. Bright Shards by Meg Pechenick (The Vardeshi Saga Book 2)
  22. Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez
  23. Above the Star by Alexis Marie Chute
  24. The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
  25. Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya
  26. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
  27. Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea
  28. Rosewater by Tade Thompson
  29. Abengoni by Charles R. Saunders
  30. A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djeli Clark
  31. Pacific Edge by Kim Stanley Robinson
  32. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
  33. Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright



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