I really enjoy doing this blog post each year. 2020 has been quite a year: pandemic, online school and work, and lots of time at home with my college-age daughter and my parents. And we all still like each other... bonus!
Here's a wrap up of my reading in 2020:
Total books read: 108 books (33,276 pages)
Number of re-reads: 1
Female authors: 71 (65%) and Male authors: 37 (35%)
Non-fiction: 13 (12%) (this is WAY down from previous years)--change this to include work books and Fiction: 95 (88%)
Adult books: 62 (58%) and YA books: 46 (42%)
Shortest book: 48 pages The Journey by Francesca Sanna and Longest book: 512 pages Fountains of Silence by Reta Sepetys and Average pages per book: 310 pages
Countries visited through reading: 30. I didn't do as well at this during 2020. You can see where I read at my 2020 Google Map.
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Mexico Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.
- Best Adult Fiction--The Doctor of Aleppo by Dan Mayland
- Best Adult Nonfiction--Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas
I was really looking forward to reading Women Talking by Miriam Toews, but it just didn't work for me. just couldn't do it.
I really enjoyed Yaa Gayasi's Homegoing, which I had trouble getting into when I first picked it up. I was also a bit intimidated by it before I started reading it and by the end I thought it was really fabulous.
I will admit that the books I read this year didn't live up to the amazingness of last year. But, the book I recommended most to people this year is probably The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeze Emezi, which was really good.
Favorite new author you discovered in 2020?
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020?
I am all about covers and am definitely a visual person when it comes to choosing books. The covers I liked the most this year were...
Book that put a smile on your face?
It is not difficult to get me to cry while reading a book. And I usually cry about the good stuff, the touching stuff. This year the book that made me cry the most was The Only Plane in the Sky: an Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff. This event is still so clear in my memory that reading personal stories got me crying.
Best bookish photo you took in 2020?
I didn't go to any author readings or book events this year, obviously, so I am going to go with participating as a round 2 judge for the CYBILS Awards (again). I am really looking forward to doing this again next month in the YA fiction and YA speculative fiction category.
Reading challenges completed in 2020? Here's a link to my challenges page and while I didn't necessarily complete them all, I did pretty well.
- Big Summer Book Challenge--5 books total (completed)
- Literary Escapes Challenge--29 states and 30 countries total
- Mount TBR Challenge--83 books total (completed)
- Popsugar reading challenge--38 books total
- Social Justice Challenge--15 books total (completed)
- YA Award Winners--10 books total
I feel like I should read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. This is the exact same sentence that I listed a year ago. Pretty pathetic. But, I do hope I read both these books in 2021.
Book you are most anticipating in 2021?
I don't have one particular book that I am anticipating the most for 2021. My shelves are filled with potentially wonderful books and I want to get a bunch of them read in the upcoming year.