Books that shaped me in 2020

January 18, 2021 — Leave a comment

Here it is, the moment none of you have been waiting for. My complete list of books I read in 2020. In order, they are:

  1. How the Bible Actually Works – Peter Enns
  2. Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen – Dan Heath
  3. Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging Politics – Eugene Cho
  4. The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities – Patrick Lencioni
  5. Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest Gift – Harvey Araton
  6. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  7. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  8. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
  9. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
  10. Relational Intelligence: The People Skills You Need for the Life of Purpose You Want – Dharius Daniels
  11. The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers – Maxwell King
  12. The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife – Brad Balukjian
  13. America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privelege, and the Bridge to a New America – Jim Wallis
  14. Ghost Boys – Jewell Parker Rhodes
  15. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins
  16. Everything is Spiritual: Who We Are and What We’re Doing Here – Rob Bell
  17. The Bourne Legacy – Eric Van Lustbader
  18. The Bourne Betrayal – Eric Van Lustbader
  19. The Bourne Sanction – Eric Van Lustbader
  20. Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets – Andy Stanley

The most surprising thing about my list this year is the number of fiction books on here – at least eight depending on what you count. I’ll chalk that up to COVID. There was plenty of reason in this last year to try and disappear into some stories.

There’s a mix of important books and fun books here. I finally read the Hunger Games series, mostly because my daughters were reading them. I also had fun with the Bourne series, although it got repetitive and old and while there are multiple more books in the series I probably won’t read them.

Probably the highlight of the year for me was Rob Bell’s book. I’ve been a long time reader / listener / watcher of Bell and have never missed one of his books. This one hit me at a really specific time and I felt like it was just what I needed in this season. I’ve come back to hit a few times throughout the year.

How about you? What did you read? What should I read in the year to come?

As always, you can find my books and connect with me over on Goodreads. Here’s the same list over there.


Jeremy Copeland

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