2020: Reading in Review

Well, it’s finally over, so let’s take a look back at what I read in 2020. I totaled 273 books, but here’s a breakdown:

First Book of 2020March Sisters: On Life, Death and Little Women
Last Book of 2020Crescent City: House of Blood and Bone
Graphic Novels29
BOTM Picks Read42
Non-Fiction Books53
Short Story Collections: 3
Books by Men50
DNF’d books3
Total Books Read in 2020273
Favorite Book of 2020The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Least Favorite Book of 2020The Call of the Wild

Per Goodreads “Year in Books: we have the following stats:

Pages Read86, 432
Longest Book ReadTroubled Blood (944 pages)
Shortest Book ReadSnow Flakes by Ruth Ware (26 pages)
Most Popular Book ReadPride and Prejudice (4.7 million ratings)
My Average Rating 4.1 stars
Average Page Count316 pages

Okay, let’s talk about it shall we?

I read SO many more books by women than by men–because I like genre fiction and BOTM picks and young adult novels and rom-coms, and not horror and straight lit fic,but I did read several books by trans/NB authors this year, and likely will even more next year based on ARCs I know I have.

The 3 books I DNF’d were Nickel Boys, Kind of a Big Deal, and The Daughters of Yalta. Nickel Boys is probably great I just struggled with it on audio. Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale was BLEH and bad, haha. Daughters of Yalta is probably interestig but I thought it was historical fiction, not straight history, so I wasn’t as intrigued by it. Maybe I’ll come back to it if I decide to pursue a career in World War II history…

It’s SO hard to have a “favorite” book of the year but the book that drew me in and didn’t let me go was The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I loved it. My favorite series was The Scythe series by Neal Shusterman–so good! Other top contenders include Jo & Laurie (nostalgia!!), The Vanishing Half, and Catherine House.

On page count–I read SOME lOOONG books this year, and not a ton of graphic novels, hence the difference from last year (almost 100 books more in 2019 than 2020). I read two trilogies (Scythe & Darker Shades of Magic) that were about 400+ pages each book. Troubled Blood was obviously heckin long. The Sandra Day O’Connor book was long. Crescent City was 800 pages, as was To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. Midnight Sun was also like 600 pages, right?

I only read a few graphic novels this year–probably because I read SOOO Many (115+) in 2019, so I almost exhausted my options. I’m hoping in 2021 to read some of the more popular juvenile/MG series though–such as Amulet, Dog Man, Baby Mouse, etc, so expect to see those around soon, LOL.

I read a LOT of Book of the Month picks this year–some that I got from BOTM, some that I read as ARCs, some that I traded for, etc. I went off and on on my subscription this year–skipping a few months, using second account sometims, etc, but I felt good about all those books. Fingers crossed there are good books ahead for BOTM in 2021.

I started this year with the goal of reading a “classic” I hadn’t read each month, and that quickly went off track, but that’s fine. One of those classics–The Call of the Wild–was my least favorite book of 2020. It was TERRIBLE on audio. I did not enjoy it at all. I hate violence against animals. No thanks, pass. The other books I read for this “challenge” were Dangerous Liaisons, Tale of Two Cities, Stranger on a Train, and Mrs Dalloway. Some were great, some were fine. I might try and do 6 new classics in 2021–maybe one every other month, haha.

So–what did I learn from my reading in 2020?

  1. I don’t love the “classics” by men as much as the ones by women
  2. Rom-coms are a great stress reliever
  3. My fantasy commitment issues are REAL
  4. I need to not go by the Little Free Library every single day
  5. Try more poetry!
  6. I don’t review every book I read for a variety of reasons–maybe because I forget

So…that’s what I’m going to take into 2021. I don’t have “real” 2021 reading goals besides 250 books and to read War and Peace (that was on my 2020 vision board..oops) but…let’s see how it goes!


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