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My 2020 Reading List

by Komal Patel
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YOU GUYS! I’ve started to schedule in reading time this year. YUP, you read that right, schedule it in.

I used to be a total bookworm but in the last 5-6 years I have only picked up a book a handful of times & I feel RUINED.

There is always an excuse not read; “I’m too tired.” “Too busy.” “It’s too late.” SO now I have STOPPED with the excuses and scheduled into my evenings.

The first book on my  2020 reading list is from Top Chef host, former model and fellow Indian foodie.

Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A memoir by Padma Lakshmi

I am about half way through it and am hooked.

I had no idea about Lakshmi’s past and this book is an eye-opening look at an Indian woman living in a western world, navigating life through non-traditional Indian theme’s and ultimately foraging her path to success.

So far, I like the book, but a few things to note; the timeline is a little jumbled so its hard to keep things straight. She also provides A LOT of detail. Super vivid. She gives us the most crystal-clear picture of what a scene looks like…. it’s almost a little too much….

Anyways, I’ll give you guys my full review soon!

The second book on my list is the Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday.

The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday

I have been hearing about this book and Stoicism for a while now via The Skinny Confidential.      

Stoicism is a two-thousand-year-old philosophy dedicated to helping people better themselves, stop caring about things outside their control, and live virtuous lives.”

The Daily Stoic offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, to help cultivate the mind. Justin and I read an expert each night, discuss it and write down key takeaways in the book.

So far the theme has been letting go of things you can’t control while learning how to control your emotions on the things in your life that you can control. 

Yikes. Tricky much?

I am hoping this book will CENTER me.

Pretty much, well, forever, I have let things get to me. Getting angry. Blowing up. Speaking before I think, and honestly, it hasn’t gotten me too far.

I like to think that my “don’t give a fuck” attitude has been working for me, but mentally I haven’t been progressing. I haven’t been listening.

The Daily Stoic is helping me reach that listening level. Weeding out the bullshit and really listening to what people are saying and then controlling/ formulating my response in a positive manner, whether my response in positive or not.

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Upcoming books on my 2020 Reading List:

Followers by Megan Angelo

A fiction book based on our current obsessions of social media and influencers

V current considering where the world is today. If you’re reading this blog, this book may be for you.

Wine Girl by Victoria James

wine is a big part of my life. My best friend and brother are both somms and J and I have been actively learning more and more about it. Being huge foodies, naturally, wine is the next step in our culinary education.

Wine Girl is the story of country’s youngest sommelier and her time working at Michelin restaurants and the stress of the wine industry.

Low by Jeet Thayil

I really want to start reading more books by Indian authors. It offers a different perspective than the American rhetoric.

This book is fiction story about a widowed man, high on drugs in Bombay, finding his way through an adventure through the magical city.

I love reading books that are told through a lens of the person who has seen or experience it.
OK – so, hopefully, I have at least 6 months of reading ahead of me.

What have you been reading lately? What is on your 2020  reading list? 



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Gita January 31, 2020 - 8:40 pm

I love to read also and always struggle to find a good book. This is a great blog, I will read some of the featured books, different from what I not read but sound very interesting.

Komal Patel February 3, 2020 - 9:05 pm

I have more recommendations for you mom!

Kristine Nicole Alessandra February 5, 2020 - 10:01 am

Your book suggestions are really interesting. I have not started reading a book this month and the first week of February is almost over. Ugh. I want to pick up a copy of that book The Daily Stoic. Looks like a real gold mine of knowledge!

Kemi February 6, 2020 - 4:02 am

I used to be an avid bookworm as a teen and young adult too but with a career, professional development and content creation plus life in general, a girl is tired lol. I have a couple of books to finish first.

Lori Bosworth February 6, 2020 - 10:43 pm

I think that’s great that you are scheduling in reading time. Reading provides so many benefits including an expanded vocabulary and mindset, as well as being enjoyable!

LuciWest February 7, 2020 - 12:16 am

I really like how diverse your reading list is – and that you’ve now scheduled a reading time for the evening. Hope you can stick with it or find another way to get your reading in. These days I get a big chunk of my reading fix by using audio books during the day, while doing chores or driving. Lucky libraries now offer audio books via phone apps! And then I also have my evening reading time. It’s such an enrichment. Enjoy!

Komal Patel February 9, 2020 - 7:01 pm

Do you have a preferred app that you listen to the on?

Melanie williams February 7, 2020 - 4:06 pm

Me and my other half are always looking for a new read so this is right up our street for sure. Added to the list xx

Cherrie Bautista February 9, 2020 - 3:02 am

Those are some interesting books you have on your list, Komal. I like reading fiction books by James Rollins called The Sigma Force series, especially when I’m on vacation.

Autumn February 9, 2020 - 3:41 pm

Love it! I desperately need to schedule in reading time as I haven’t been able to read any of the books on my TBR list this year. Love the recommendations!

pooja Malkani February 10, 2020 - 6:18 am

Great books to read this year!! I am not a book person but surrounded with couple of them who can’t like without books. Will share this with them. I am your reading list could add value to their list.

Viano Dee February 11, 2020 - 8:31 pm

These seem pretty interesting. To be honest, I can’t even remember the last time I picked a book to the read. What a shame. 🙁


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