Usually an avid reader, 2020 saw me took a break from reading for a while. With shut downs and lock downs and news on the daily rule changes coming through faster on social media than directly through the governments’ and regular news outlets, I found myself scrolling instead of reading – for several months.
Once I stopped scrolling, I felt anxious without anything to do. What could I do? What did anyone do? What was I supposed to do? Oh yeah – read!
Although I did read a little fiction, the bulk of my reading, as usual, was autobiographies.
Here are my favourite books from 2020. It’s a short selection, as I didn’t read a whole lot:
Two Sisters: A True Story – Bent, Chuguna, Lowe, Richards
This is actually a couple of years old, but bookshops were presenting it alongside newer books timed for the Black Lives Matter movement.
This book is a fascinating insight into Aboriginal desert life, at a crossover time between living a nomadic life, and stepping into the white person’s lifestyle that had taken over. Interestingly enough, the book is set in the 1960s and beyond, so the experiences don’t feel old. It’s really quite amazing.
Uncanny Valley – Anna Wiener
I love the crazy and unreal world of Silicon Valley, and this book is the story of someone who left a world of literary publishing to work in the virtual lifestyle of Silicon Valley. Tech, privacy, apps, catch phrases, and what goes on behind the scenes of these very words you’re reading online right now is both hilarious and dangerous. Very relevant right now.
Into the Suburbs – Raja
A really interesting story of immigration from India to Australia, and the implications and effects it has on each person and the family unit. Great writing, and an engaging story.
Acid for the Children – Flea
Such a wild ride from renowned Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist. To be honest, he is not the greatest writer, however I love that his innate soul comes through in his writing, and you can feel his energy and spirit through the pages as strong and as intense as he plays.
Snakes and Ladders – Williams
I’ll be honest and say I thought the writing in this was pretty rough, however the story and content were thought-provoking and insightful. A story of prison life in Australia, and the system of hierarchy, authority, and abuse, that cannot possibly do any good the way it is now. This book sits strongly in this current point in time where police power has gone too far.
In the past, I have linked all these titles to Amazon. I am aware many people do not want to support them, and I am also aware that they and other online bookstores are a convenience for many. If any take your fancy, search online or in your favourite local bookstore 🙂