2020 in Books

Quarantine led many people to read more books than they’ve read in a long, long time, with so much time freed up and a re-dedication to supporting local bookstores. Book clubs were a big thing this year for staying social, too, as reading became a lot more trendy in the social media circles I follow.

Well, for me… my commute remains my primary dedicated reading time and space, so when I stopped having a commute in March, I stopped reading for a long time, too.

Needless to say, it was another year of falling disappointingly short of my books goal, coming up shorter on my Goodreads challenge than ever before. It stings a bit to think of the years that I far surpassed the number of books I aimed to read, and that those numbers far exceed how many I got through this year. But I’m not too beat up about it, I know how difficult this year was and the only reason I read as much as I even did was because of many bouts of stressed and anxious insomnia. Probably half of my reading was done between 2-6am this year, hours that I am usually not awake for at all.

Here was 2020 in books completed:

Collage of covers for books read in 2020
  1. The Goldfinch
  2. Brotopia
  3. Siege and Storm
  4. Ruin and Rising
  5. Normal People
  6. The Invention of Wings
  7. The Night Circus
  8. Supernova Era
  9. Queen’s Shadow
  10. Good Talk
  11. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
  12. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
  13. Ninth House
  14. Know My Name
  15. The Vanishing Half
  16. Minor Feelings
  17. The Last Wish
  18. Six of Crows
  19. Crooked Kingdom
  20. Sword of Destiny

What were your favorite reads in 2020? Mine were:

  • Brotopia by Emily Chang
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

(I thought about calling out books that got a lot of critical acclaim/social media hype that I was really disappointed by but this isn’t really the place for that kind of negativity and pettiness.) (If you’re curious, I usually leave a review out of 5 stars on Goodreads, and those books didn’t do well.)

What books do you recommend I read in 2021? I am likely to continue reading Witcher books after getting into Andrzej Sapkowski’s world in The Witcher 3 this year. Also, despite most of my reading being done on ereader now, I have a small stack of physical books I haven’t finished reading yet so my big goal for 2021 is to get through those!

Past years: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016

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