In 2020 I read 32,219 pages. That’s 91 books. My goal was 60, but safe at home orders meant more time for reading (and listening). Thank goodness for the Libby app!!
Many of the books I “read” were audiobooks. I’ve never been a fan—mostly because I can read significantly faster—but I have listened to more audiobooks in the past 12 months than I have in my entire 38 years. I’ve found that I’m extremely picky about the narrator. Within the first five minutes I decide if I can continue or not. Sometimes, I cringe and say “nope!” and request the Kindle version from the library. Once I find a reader I like, though, I search for them in Libby and often listen to more books read by them.
This year, with my new job consisting of being on the computer most of the day, I listen to audiobooks in the evening and save the “real” reading for weekends.
I noticed some trends for my 2020 books. A huge number of them were predictable, feel-good chick lit. Hmm, I wonder why that was?!? I also really enjoyed female spy/detective series. Interestingly, my favorite book of the year was a work of magical realism which is not my usual genre. I think I really needed books that either didn’t require a lot from me or were a form of escape without the fear and worry of realistic mysteries and thrillers (my usual genres).
My Favorite Reads of 2020:
- Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
- The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (I’m currently reading her newest book. It’s really good. And this might be one of my favorite short stories. Her writing is fantastic!!)
- The Agency series- young, female detective in Victorian (I think…) England (YA?)
- Veronica Speedwell series- female sleuth, middle 19th century England (Adult)
- Charlotte Holmes series- young, female descendent of Sherlock who gets tangled up in some mysteries (YA)
- Truly Devious trilogy- young, female accidental detective (YA)
- Gallagher Girls- school for (you guessed it!) young, female spies (YA)
Ok, I’m going to read a few blog posts and then get back to my book. I’m currently listening to The Gown by Jennifer Robson and reading, as previously stated, The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow. I wish I could do both at the same time.
Please share your favorites! I love to keep my TBR list LONG! 🙂