A Monthly Book Review Publication

Januay 5, 2020 By Shema Bukhari


I have shared my 2019 Read Books List in the earlier blog. Now I am being a little more ambitious and tried to compile a list of the books that I will read in 2020. Although I am a bit apprehensive or rather scared if I won’t be able to read anything because you never know what future holds for you. I may die tomorrow or I may get busy in other works or any other worst scenarios. But I love to stay optimistic and laugh in the face of adversities, so I am writing down the names of the books.

Such lists help me to stay focused. One of the bad habits that I am overcoming gradually is to forget my to-do-lists. Now, I make the lists, go back to it again and again and if needed, make changes to it.

So 2020 is going to be an extremely productive year. As always I am not adding the academic books to this list or maybe I should. They are also books, after all.

Again, the digital tools to read books like Kindle or smartphones, are actually lifesavers. They help in saving the time and the hustle to find a specific spot for reading.

Some of these books are classic and some I have already read but this year I want to immerse in the beauty of art again to live a dream once again. While growing up I remember reading the books of Hardy or Shakespeare or Robert Frost or Keats and felt myself to be part of their journeys. I want to live those dreams again. Two of the biggest fears I have in my life are: there are far too many books in the world that I won’t be even able to hear about, and there are far too many places in the world for me to explore. So let’s see what this year has in store and unfold for me (God! You are listening to my plight 🙂

Great Thinkers: Simple Tools from 60 Thinkers
Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
No God But God by Reza Aslan
23 Anti-Procrastination Habits by S J Scott
The Up Side of Down by Megan McArdle
Mad Genius: A Manifesto for Entrepreneurs by Randy Gage
One Plus One Equals Three by Dave Trott
How to Fail at Almost Everything by Scott Adams
How to Take Limits Off God by Morris Cerullo
How to Take Smart Notes by Sonke Ahrens
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman
The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff
If Truth be Told by Om Swami
The Boys in the Cave by Matt Gutman
Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Saladin by John Man
Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Sufism and the American Literary Masters Edited by Mehdi Aminrazavi
The Caliph’s Splendor: Islam and the West in the Golden Age of Baghdad by Benson Bobrick
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations
Travel: 98 Best Travel Tips
100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time
Humans of New York
The Pakistan Paradox: Instability and Resilience by Christopher Jaffrelot
Politics, Landlords, and Islam in Pakistan by Nicolas Martin
Islam in Liberalism by Joseph A Massad
The Complete Poems John Keats
Inspirations: Selections from Classic Literature by Paulo Coelho
You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense by Charles Bukowski
Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry
A Hope More Powerful than the Sea by Melissa Fleming
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
The Twelfth Imam by Joel C Rosenberg
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Funder
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini
Hidden Bodies
Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
Who Moved My Cheese?
The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam
Q & A by Vikas Swarup
Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
Sold by Patricia McCormick
When Breath Becomes Air
Collected Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Girls at War and other stories by Chinua Achebe
Write your Novel in a Month by Jeff Gerke
Writing your Journal Article in 12 Weeks by Wendy Laura Belcher
The 8-Minute Writing Habit by Monica Leonelle
Screenwriting 101 by Film Crit Hulk
How to Write a Movie in 21 Days by Viki King
Crafting Novels and Short Stories
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
Fearless Writing by William Kenower
Authorisms by Paul Dickson
Story Genius by Lisa Cron
Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
Writers on Writing
Plot Perfect by Paula Munier
Storytelling With Photographs by Anne Darling
TED Talks Storytelling
Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce
Writing Tools
How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N Fry
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
300 Days of Better Writing by David Bowman
The Divine Guide to Creating a Daily Writing … by Pernille Norregoard
Digital Publishing Toolkit: the Blog Posts
Creativity, INC.
100 Ways to Improve your Writing
Publishing 101
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
The Art of Watching Films by Joseph M Boggs, Dennis W Petrie
Comedy/Cinema/Theory by Andrew Horton
Brands and Branding by Rita Clifton et al
The Advertising Effect by Adam Ferrier
Hegarty on Advertising by John Hegarty
Zippo: Advertisement Analysis by Spencer Coffman
Teaching Film by Lucy Fischer and Patrice Petro
Film Theory by Felicity Colman
Journalism and PR by John Lloyd and Laura Toogood
The Globalization of World Politics
The Major Film Theories by J Dudley Andrew


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