Favorites & Year in Review

One of the best parts about closing out the year is taking inventory of what I reading thoughts on what’s to come. There’s a lot to cover so let’s jump right in:

Here are my stats for 2020:

Favorites in Fiction: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor, We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Favorites in Mystery: Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosely and The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Favorites in Other Genres: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (nonfiction), O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (Classic) and I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez (YA)

The Numbers:
Total books read in 2020: 48
Books by women: 38
Books by men: 10
Fiction: 25
Mystery: 16
Young Adult: 2
Non-fiction: 1
Classic: 2
Graphic Novel: 1
Poetry Collections: 1
Books in translation: 11 (Spanish, German, Japanese, Farsi, Swedish, Korean, and Finnish)
Books in Spanish: 1
Audiobooks: 7
Challenges participated in: 4 (completed 2)

This has been a tough year. And, yes, mainly due to COVID-19. My work has been very busy and I’ve been overwhelmed by the news that it’s been hard to concentrate on reading. So I read fewer books and listed to fewer audiobooks as I rarely drive anywhere since March. I am surprised by how few mysteries I read compared to other years, but I think that’s probably due to needing a break from thrillers.

However, I feel like I had a great year quality-wise. Lots of great fiction and works in translation. I’m very happy too that I discovered three new to me Mexican authors and I even read one book in the original Spanish. I’ve decided I really need to do that more often.

I participated in four challenges and completed two. I’m so excited about reading challenges again that I’m going to sign up for quite a few. More on those soon because they deserve their own posts.

One project I’d like to work on in 2021 is my bookshelf. When we moved to Austin more than 10 years ago, I had all of my books catalogued but before you know it, I stopped tracking and now I would say that half of my library is not catalogued. There’s no rush on this project but I think it would be a good way to find those shelf-sitters and determine if now is finally the time to read them and/or move them out.

How was your reading year? Do you have reading goals for 2021?

We made it through 2020. What a difficult year and I hope that better times are ahead for all of us. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and sharing in book talk with me. Best wishes for a healthy and joyful 2021 – Happy New Year!


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