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20 Books in 2020

A rainbow array of books on a shelf at The Wing in Boston, MA
The Wing - Boston, MA

In January I set an intention to read 40 books in 2020, I picked the number based on the amount of reading I had made time for in 2019, the length of my “book list” and while envisioning myself on a train into the city for work for 4 hours per day, five days per week. I didn’t anticipate quitting my job in June, or agreeing to stay on board part time until December. Without 4 hours of daily commute for half of the year, my goal no longer matched up with my reality, from the summer onward, I had to intentionally carve out time for reading.

Some books I read in a day or two, others took me ten months to complete. Several, I read and listened to at the same time to really embody their concepts, others I listened to whenever I could - in the background of everyday life. Some are old favorites I’ve read over and over and others found their way into my reach spontaneously. Each one has had a positive impact on my life and so I want to pay it forward by sharing them all here. One of my favorite things is sharing book recommendations and adding to my growing list of books to read, so after you have a read through my list, please comment below any books you want to share!


20 B O O K S in 2020

in some type of order, which isn't quite chronological

1. The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

A short and sweet read I picked up following a 21 day meditation experience with Deepak, filled with simple truths and ways of being in life

2. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

A compelling read on the law of attraction, I grew up seeing this book on my mom’s dresser, it was finally time to read it so I had her dig it up and I borrowed it from her - while I was reading this book I stumbled across a free breathwork session in the city and now I’ll be kicking off 2021 with a breath teacher training, full circle

3. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza

Recommended to me last year by one of my aunt-in laws (is that a thing?!), filed away on my list and forgotten - until I started my business and was reintroduced to Joe Dispenza through a podcast episode recommended in place of a team call one week, enthralled by the intersection of neuroscience and manifestation I jumped into this one and purchased the audios that go along with it, it was a bit difficult to get through

4. You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

A money mindset and law of attraction book with sass, I read this one while writing up wedding save the dates, well before social distancing was a thing

5. You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

It only felt right to read the original after reading You are a Badass at Making Money, listened to this one in a day or two

6. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Layers of knowledge to unlock, simple and complex at the same time, this one took me ten months to read, it gives you what you need and each time reading it you have a different understanding of yourself and the universe, I picked it up and put it down throughout the year and finished it on a weekend retreat to the mountains in October

7. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

I began reading this book out of desperation, I experienced a strange and unnamed digestive disorder this year and after a ridiculously inadequate experience with Western medicine doctors I began looking within for self healing

8. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

A favorite for all of time, I read this one a couple of times in 2020 and a few more before, it is now one of my favorite books to gift! I lent it out once and again this week it is traveling into the hands of someone I trust

9. The Art of Possibilities by Ben Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander

Another favorite of mine, this book was assigned one practice (chapter) at a time in my Psychology Capstone course in college. I read this one twice in 2020 - first I lent it to my mom, then she gave it back after our elopement and it sat in the bag with my unworn wedding reception dress for months, “lost” in the floor of our guest room closet, at the end of the summer I started searching for it - e v e r y w h e r e and couldn’t find it. That week I went to visit my sister before she moved all the way across the country and stayed with her on a golf cart only island in the home of the people she was dog-sitting for… the book was there waiting for me to read at the beach every day we were on island, right next to it on the shelf was The Four Agreements. I came home and eventually found my copy. Later in the Fall the audiobook version I had placed on hold in Libby the library app in August became available to borrow so I listened to it on my drive to and from Kennebunkport, ME for a magical Wim Hof inspired weekend retreat - where does the opening of the book take place you may wonder? Well of course it’s in the rapids of the Kennebunkport, ME river. Read book #2 and get back to me on your thoughts about all that

10. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Recommended to me by many, I borrowed the audiobook on