16 Books I Read in 2020

Did you know that approximately 80 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions, drop them by the second week of February? (Inc. 2020) Last year, one of my resolutions was to read 20 books in 2020. In today’s post, I wanted to highlight 16 of the 27 books I read!

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement – Powerful read about Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, two women New York Times reporters who published an article that helped take Harvey Weinstein down, after months of confidential discussions with top actresses.

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be – If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, ready to give up, or have been battling imposter syndrome, this book is for you. Rachel Hollis did an incredible job sharing how perfectly imperfect her life has been, and sharing tips for living a better life. I hope to read Girl, Stop Apologizing, and Didn’t See That Coming, ASAP!

Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen – I really enjoyed reading Donald Miller’s thoughts on clarifying your brand message. He goes in-depth on how important storytelling is for your brand, and how to make your message to your customers more effectively.

Mind Your Business: A Workbook to Grow Your Creative Passion Into a Full-time Gig – Ilana Griffo created a fun & easy-on-the-eyes, business plan for entrepreneurs who want to turn their creative passions into a full-time job. It’s one of the best books I’ve worked through to help me clarify my business & brand. Highly suggest it if you’re a creative professional!

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The Middle Finger Project: Trash Your Imposter Syndrome and Live the Unf*ckwithable Life You Deserve – Ready to trash your imposter syndrome? This book is for you if you want to learn how to get unstuck, win against imposter syndrome, and know your worth & trust your abilities. Super inspirational read by Ash Ambirge!


Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team – By far the most in-depth read on Brand Identity that I’ve ever read. It goes over seriously EVERYTHING about brand fundamentals, identity design, and how it functions. As a brand designer, it’s an awesome book to have on my bookshelf as a reference whenever I feel stuck.

The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir – A memoir about Ariel Levy who takes you through her story of how she built her life, and how she watched it all fell apart, quickly. Her writing was dark but humorous, and overall an interesting & heart-breaking read.

Brand Brilliance: Elevate Your Brand, Enchant Your Audience – A. super helpful guide to understanding & defining your brand.

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Design is Storytelling – Anything by Ellen Lupton is always a great read & super informative.

The Girl On The Train – One of my favorite books, ever. If you love mystery/thrillers, this one is for you. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book as fast as I did that one! Couldn’t put the book down.

Duotone: Limited Colour Schemes in Graphic Design – A book for my graphic design lovers! This book highlights designs using the duotone printing technique. This book is another excellent piece on my bookshelf and inspires me every time I open it.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life – Looking for a change in mindset? This might be for you!

All My Mother’s Lovers – Wow. I wasn’t expecting anything that happened in this book, but I’m so glad I picked it up and read it. Definitely a book for my fiction lovers!

Dotcom Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online with Sales Funnels – Russell Brunson shares a ton of great marketing “secrets” in this one!

Fake Love Letters, Forged Telegrams, and Prison Escape Maps: Designing Graphic Props for Filmmaking – I thoroughly enjoyed this “picture book”. Annie Atkins (and team) did an amazing job with this book, explaining graphic design in the film industry.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Not just another self-help book. Big Magic is for creatives who are looking to pursue their dreams. I resonated a lot with what Elizabeth Gilbert had to say. Must read if you’re a creative business owner.

What books did you read last year?!

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