Books I’ve Read in 2020

Short reviews of what has inspired and entertained me this year.

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Non-Fiction

I’m starting with non-fiction, partly because it is my primary literary love and partly because I’m nearing completion of my first work of creative non-fiction, A Future Untold: On Storytelling, Narrative, and Systems Change in an Age of Crisis, due to launch in March 2021. Learn more and about my book here. Some of my non-fiction reading has been research for the book; others I’ve read just out of pure interest.

Fiction

You’ll notice a distinct pattern in my reading of fiction over the past year or so. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve always loved dystopian narratives, or perhaps because 2020 has been such a monumentally disruptive year, but fair warning, my fiction list below is pretty dark… I think dystopian fiction can help to hold up a mirror to the human condition, and warn us about what not to take for granted. With worrying authoritarian political trends infiltrating a number of countries in recent years, it seems pertinent to be thinking about this stuff. I am, however, much looking forward to reading something light over the summer break!

Storytelling | Narrative | Systems Change | Spoken Word | Currently writing a book on storytelling, narrative & systems change | www.alinasiegfried.com/book

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