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Pandemic Reading Faves

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!!)

Favorite Series

  • 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! 🙂

10 thoughts on “Pandemic Reading Faves

  1. I’ve read a few of those. I’m working on a master’s degree so most of my reading has been academic. I miss reading just for fun! I’m with you on the audio books. My mind wanders too much.

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  2. I loved the Gallagher Girls series! I am super excited by your list of girl detective series. I am searching for them right now on my Libby app! I agree, I am so thankful for Libby. I have not listened to an audiobook in quite some time, but I am absolutely with you on finding good narrators and not being able to listen to some. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I loved the short story and the narrator! Thanks for the link. I put the Ten Thousand Doors of January on my want to read list. You know what struck me? That you like to keep your TBR list long…you’ve just empowered me, because I always get intimidated by mine. Gonna embrace it now. 🙂

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    1. I like a long list so that if I start a book and I don’t love it, I have a ton of options at hand. And if they’re not available then I can grab something else!

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    1. It took me forever to train my brain to focus 😂 sometimes I do have to backtrack bc I missed something. I use Goodreads to record what I read, so I just did screenshots of my 2020 list!

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  4. I enjoyed reading this so much! My reading life has suffered this past year–it’s been hard for me to focus and sustain attention. But I have had a few really great reading experiences, and I’ve done more rereading than usual, which has been surprisingly nice–just what I have needed to keep going. I just bought The Ten Thousand Doors of January–moving it up on my TBR pile after reading your words here! (Also just found your blog for the first time this year! So glad you’re slicing again–and now I’m off to catch up on all you’ve written this week!)

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  5. Thanks for sharing! I just added a few titles to my need to read list! 🙂 I just read Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale & The Testaments. I also seem to be on a mystery thriller kick! Happy slicing!

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