My 2020 in books

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For a multitude of reasons, 2020 was not a great reading year for me.  Every year I set my Goodreads challenge to 52 books, but half way through 2020 I knew this was not going to happen, so I reduced it to just 12 … 1 book per month.  In the end I read 21 books, which isn’t too bad considering the crapness of the year!

The shortest book I read was Binti by Nnedi Okorafor.  I read this on the train to Bath to see Natasha early in the year, and it was an enjoyable read.  I went on to read the second book in the series, but I don’t know if I will read the third one.

The longest book I read was Long Bright River by Liz Moore, at 464 pages.  I absolutely loved this book.  The characters were so well written and the plot was engaging.  I still think about this book now (I read it in February) and must read more by this author in 2021!  You can read my review of this here (one of the few books I did manage to review and blog about last year!)

My average book length was 304 pages.  This is reflective of the length of book I like to read generally – not too short, not too long.  Long enough to get to know the characters and for the plot to unfold, but long enough for me to get bored and want to move on!

The most popular book I read was Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  I gave this book 3 stars.  I didn’t love it, but it was enjoyable enough.  A bit over-hyped I think.

The least popular book I read was The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay.  I gave this 3 stars too. It was ok, a locked house murder mastery a la Agatha Christie, but there was a bit too much waffle, and it was quite predictable. 

My average rating for 2020 was 3.8.  I don’t think I am an overly generous rater – I actually think I am quite harsh.  To me 3.8 is a good rating, so I think this shows that I know what books I am going to enjoy reading.  This also reflects the fact that I DNF if I’m not enjoying a book, but I don’t generally reflect this on my Goodreads.  I will start tracking this more carefully in 2021, but probably not on Goodreads as I wouldn’t want these to be counted in my books read, and don’t want them sitting in my ‘to read’ either.

My highest rated book, and also the highest rated on Goodreads, is The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare.  I absolutely loved this book.  Beautifully written, traumatic and hopeful, this is a book I have recommended to anyone who has shown the slightest interest in reading.  I cannot wait for Dare to publish more!

Other favourites I read this year are:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow – I’m not a huge fantasy reader, but I was seduced by the beautiful cover on this one, and it did not disappoint!

The Mothers by Brit Bennett – absolutely loved this, so much so that I have saved The Vanishing Half as my first read of 2021, as I am confident it will get the year off to a flying start!

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge – I read this in the aftermath (ongoing-math) of the Black Lives Matter movement and found it to be enlightening, educational and important.  I have much more to learn and will continue my education in 2021 and for the years to come.

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak – I saw the author being interviewed on the Sky Arts Book Club Live (an absolute highlight of the year!) and started reading it straight away.  I loved it and am desperate to read more by this author.

I would love to hear about your reading year, and what your favourite read of 2020 was!  Leave a comment and let’s have a chat 🙂

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