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Allyson's Top Books of 2020

This note was originally sent out in December 2020 as part of my annual holiday letter. I put these descriptions on a bookmark that was included with the letter.


This year, I set out to read 40 books. The combination of no longer being a student and living during a pandemic has provided me with ample opportunity to dive back into my love of literature.


Although I have not quite finished all 40 books (studying for the GRE took out of my reading time), I wanted to share a few favorites from the year so far!


The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu

This book was selected by my friend Nia for one of my book clubs. Set during China’s Cultural Revolution, this book explores the physics quandary of the three-body problem as well as alien invasion. It is part of a series that is soon to become a Netflix show!


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter navigates two worlds: the neighborhood where she lives and the fancy prep school she attends. Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, an event that becomes national news. This young adult novel tells one girl’s struggle for justice.


A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

As the United States prepares for war in the Middle East, post 9/11, twenty-year old Tassie, a Midwest farmer’s daughter, navigates attending college and working as a part-time nanny. The family she works for appears to be both mysterious and glamorous. As Tassie attempts to figure them out, she also struggles to understand herself.

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This note was originally sent out in December 2021 as part of my annual holiday letter. I put these descriptions on a bookmark that was included with the letter. I once again set out to read 40 books

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