Vern Gambetta’s top books of 2020

2020 has been a good year for reading. I wanted to keep my top book selection to ten but ended up with twenty. It was just too hard to select. I love to read. My reading is fairly eclectic certainly venturing far outside of sport and training. This past year I read 137 books. I never set out to read a certain number, in fact I don’t count then number until after Christmas. I ranked the first ten after careful thought, numbers eleven to twenty are in random order. I will probably do a podcast or something on social media to talk about each of the books.

» For more book recommendations check out Craig Pickering’s top books of 2020, as well as Vern’s list from 2019.

  1. Physical Intelligence: The Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life by Scott Grafton
  2. Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on The Way We Live by Nicholas A. Christakis
  3. Science Fictions – How Fraud, Bias, Negligence and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth By Stuart Ritchie
  4. Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future by Margaret Heffernan
  5. The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcom X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne
  6. BE 2.0 (Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0): Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company by Jim Collins and Bill Lazier
  7. Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee
  8. The Biggest Bluff: How I learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself and Win by Maria Konnikova
  9. Wenger: My Life and Lessons in Red and White by Arsene Wenger
  10. The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers by Eric Weiner
  11. Think Like A Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life by Ozan Varol
  12. Twilight of The Gods – War in the Western Pacific 1944-1945 by Ian W. Toll
  13. The Devils Harvest: A Ruthless Killer, A Terrorized Community and The Search for Justice in California’s Central Valley by Jessica Garrison
  14. The Practice: Shipping Creative Work by Seth Godin
  15. The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
  16. Brave Enough by Jessie Diggins with Todd Smith
  17. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  18. Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time by Philip Clark
  19. Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives by Daniel J. Levitin
  20. The Law of Innocence: A Lincoln Lawyer Novel by Michael Connelly
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