Top 10 Best Books Read in 2020

Top 10 Best Books Read in 2020 December 30, 2020

The following are the top ten best books I’ve read since this time last year–in alphabetical order by the author’s last name because agonizing over a precise order would take all the fun out of remembering these books:

We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century by Erwin Chemerinsky, (2018)

Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves by Frans de Waal (2019). (If you are curious about how to act accordingly, I recommend the 2019 Beacon Press book The End of Animal Farming: How Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists Are Building an Animal-Free Food System by Jacy Reese.)

A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time edited by Stephanie Kaza (2020)

Natural: How Faith in Nature’s Goodness Leads to Harmful Fads, Unjust Laws, and Flawed Science by Alan Levinovitz (2020)

Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis by David Loy (2019)

Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty

Embracing Anxiety: How to Access the Genius of This Vital Emotion by Karla McLaren  (2020)

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor (2020)

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake (2020)

Chokehold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler (2018). (I also learned a lot from The End of Policing by Alex Vitale.)

Bonus: Although my reading habits currently trend heavily toward non-fiction, I would also recommend Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi and Midnight Library by Matt Haig.



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The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg is a certified spiritual director, a D.Min. graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary, and the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, Maryland. Follow him on Facebook ( and Twitter (@carlgregg).

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