I think we are all ready to say goodbye to 2020 but, didn't it start out with so much promise, didn't most of us have some fun plans in store? How quickly our lives can change in the blink of an eye. I'm ready for 2021, very ready, but, I don't think my personal life will change much until most people are vaccinated. Although I missed not seeing my loved as often as in previous years. I'm thankful we did see them but always outdoors and, winter in New England that is not so easy. 2020 was a good year for solitary activities like reading, home projects and extra walks, don't you agree? I was surprised that with more indoor time I read (6) fewer books this year. I was pretty sure it would have been more. Well here's to 2021 and for those of you who are interested here's what my 2020 in reading looked like :
Books Read in 2020 - 135 and (9 that I abandoned) GoodReads Goal was 125
- (22) NF (113) FICTION
- (34) MALE authors (101) FEMALE
- (19) CHILDREN'S books
- (51) AUDIO books
- (38) PRINT books - (25) of these were print books off my shelves
- (46) eBOOKS
- (43) library borrows (print or library audio downloads)
- (37,867) pages (GoodReads tracker)
- Although I started out tracking the locales from the books I read early on, I didn't keep up the list. I'd love to look back and see the different places where my reading took me. I know it's still doable but, don't have the patience so, "note to self, keep a list of settings in 2021".
- Read more books from my shelves - sadly only (25) print books moved off my shelves in 2020 and were given away or donated. I only purchased about (5) print books in 2020 but about (20) eBooks and (13) audiobooks. "note to self, buy fewer books and read what I already have - borrow the rest from the library."
- Join a couple of new challenges to help me meet my goals and make reading even more fun (more about that in a few days). When I first started blogging I joined lots of challenges but, the last (8) years or so I've mostly done only the RIP in the fall.
- Another thing I noticed that makes me kind of sad is that ALL of my favorite books were published in 2019 or 2020. Why? Because, I'm drawn to new releases yet, there are so many older books that I want to read. "Note to self - read the favorites from years gone by that are still on my TBR list."
NOW for My FAVORITES
(in no particular order)
- Anatomicum; Jennifer Paxton - 5/5 (print/Dec)
- Ghostology; Curtle & Steel - 5/5 (print/October)
- Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of John Lewis; Jabari Asim - 5/5 (print/August)
- Grow: The Secret of Our DNA; Nicola Davies - 5/5 (print/ September)
- The Nest that Wren Built; Sosenshine - 5/5 (print/May)
Favorite Non-Fiction of 2020
- A Promised Land; Barack Obama - memoir - 4.5/5 - (audio/Dec)
- Conversations with RBG; Jeffrey Rosen - 5/5 - (audio/library/Dec)
- Good Morning, Monster: A Therapist Shares Five Heroic Stories of Emotional Recovery; Catherine Gildiner - 5/5 - (eGalley/Nov)
- His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis & the Power of Hope; Jon Meacham -5/5 (eGalley/Oct
- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone; Lori Gottlieb - 5/5 (library/print/January)
Favorite Fiction Reads of 2020
- Our Fathers; Rebecca Wait - 5/5 (print/library/July)
- Eight Perfect Murders; Peter Swanson - 5/5 (eGalley/audio combo/April)
- My Dark Vanessa; Kate Elizabeth Russell - 5/5 - (eGalley/May)
- The Vanishing Half; Brit Bennett - 5/5 - (eBook/September)
- Olive Again; Elizabeth Strout - 5/5 (audio/January)
- I Was You; Amber Garza - 5/5 - (eGalley/August)
(Favorite Fiction of 2020 continued)
- Nothing More Dangerous; Allen Eskens - 5/5 (library/print/audio/March)
- The Sun Down Motel; Simone St. James - 5/5 - (eGalley/May)
- The Giver of Stars; Jo Jo Moyes - 5/5 - (audio/library/August)
- This Little Family; Ines Bayard - 4.5/5 - (ARC/July)
I can't wait to see all of your 2020 favorites. Are you planning any changes for 2021?