My Year in Books 2020

2020

My Year in Books

This year, I copied my goal from last year. The goal was reading a book a week/4 books a month – one poetry collection, one middle grade or YA novel, one work of fiction/memoir/essay that was not kidlit, and one nonfiction work. I did it – despite what 2020 brought, but I didn’t enjoy the genre stricture as much as I did last year. So, for 2021 I’m scrapping the rules and reading whatever I want whenever I want. [I have a feeling I’ll be scrapping a lot of old rules in 2021 😉 ]
19,326
pages read
68
books read
This is my journey in books for 2020!

The Simple Truth by Philip Levine

Shortest Book
69
pages

Needful Things by Stephen King

Longest Book
817
pages

Average book length in 2020
284
pages

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Most Popular
4,757,599
people also shelved

We Found a Monster by Kirk Scroggs

Least Popular
19
people also shelved

My average rating for 2020
it was amazing
5.0

Stella by McCall Hoyle
Highest Rated on Goodreads
4.85 average

American as Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar

My first review of the year

it was amazing

A lovely, heart-felt story that does a brilliant job of looking at everything from friendship to racism from the very believable perspective of an eleven year old.

Lekha is a great middle grade heroine. She’s smart, funny, and trying so hard to both be herself and to fit in – at home, at school, and at swim practice – that the reader is pulled right into her story and can’t help but cringe and cheer along side of her. Her pain is easy to connect w…more


MY 2020 BOOKS
Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser
Rising Above Shepherdsville by Ann Schoenbohm
Coming Alive by Barry Michels
The Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins
Why We Can't Sleep by Ada Calhoun
Strange Birds by Celia C. PĂ©rez
American as Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar
it was amazing
Undo It! by Dean Ornish
The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett
Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty by Tony Hoagland
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison
Seekers of the Wild Realm by Alexandra Ott
it was amazing
Josie Bloom and the Emergency of Life by Susan Hill Long
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Nine Horses by Billy Collins
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
Soul Coaching by Denise Linn
Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Evidence by Mary Oliver
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
That Girl Lucy Moon by Amy Timberlake
The Simple Truth by Philip Levine
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Places That Scare You by Pema Chödrön
The Soul of a Pilgrim by Christine Valters Paintner
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
Together by Vivek H. Murthy
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg
Honeybee by Naomi Shihab Nye
Bob by Wendy Mass
Godshot by Chelsea Bieker
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver
Needful Things by Stephen King
Why Bother? by Jennifer Louden
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Survival Math by Mitchell S. Jackson
Write Your Novel From the Middle by James Scott Bell
Wonderland by Barbara O'Connor
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Dearest Creature by Amy Gerstler
Stella by McCall Hoyle
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Keep Moving by Maggie Smith
One Last Word by Nikki Grimes
A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough
The Brave by James Bird
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Painted Bed by Donald Hall
We Found a Monster by Kirk Scroggs
it was amazing
Wintering by Katherine May
The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel

We Found a Monster by Kirk Scroggs

My last review of the year

It was amazing
Super fun tale of Casey and his monsters! Funny and full of action, this
graphic novel will be a hit with young readers who love everything monsters.

So, that was my 2020 Year in Books. What did you read? Let me know your favorites in the comments area below. And best wishes for a happy and healthy 2021 <3

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My Year in Books 2019

My year in books

2019

This is my Goodreads Year in Books for 2019.

I had a goal of reading a book a week/4 books a month – one poetry collection, one middle grade or YA novel, one work of fiction/memoir/essay that was not kidlit, and one nonfiction work. It looks like I managed to do it. 🙂 I enjoyed the variety – and especially liked the monthly poetry read – so I plan on setting the same goal in 2020.

TOTALS

I read 18,011 pages across 75 books Img bookstack 96


The Autobiography of a Jukebox by Cornelius Eady

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SHORTEST BOOK
75 pages
The Autobiography of a Jukebox

by

Cornelius Eady
LONGEST BOOK
610 pages
Flight Behavior

by

Barbara Kingsolver
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
AVERAGE LENGTH
240 pages

MOST POPULAR
2,083,108

people also read

The Alchemist

by

Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

A Map for Wild Hearts by Andrea Hannah
HIGHEST RATED ON GOODREADS
A Map for Wild Hearts: How to Make Art Even When You’re Lost

by

Andrea Hannah
4.88 average

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Ruby in the Sky by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo
My first review of the year
 
A lovely book that tackles a number of complex issues in a real and heartfelt way. Ruby Moon Hayes is a character that’s easy to root for, and her frustration, sadness, and eventual compassion feel very true to life. The author does a wonderful job of showing just how hard standing up (for yourself and for others) can be – and how necessary it is for all of us. Great friendships form the heart of this story that’s all about finding and using your…more
MY 2019 BOOKS
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Holdfast by Kathleen Dean Moore
Ruby in the Sky by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo
 
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
What If This Were Enough? by Heather Havrilesky
Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney
Merci SuĂĄrez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
In the Next Galaxy by Ruth Stone
Maybe a Mermaid by Josephine Cameron
 
Love for Imperfect Things by Haemin Sunim
Letters From the Emily Dickinson Room by Kelli Russell Agodon
On Being 40 by Lindsey Mead
The Astonishing Maybe by Shaunta Grimes
When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd
Composed by Rosanne Cash
Counting to Perfect by Suzanne LaFleur
One Day My Soul Just Opened Up by Iyanla Vanzant
A Brief History of Time by Shaindel Beers
I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson
Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
Story Genius by Lisa Cron
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Moist Meridian by Henry Hughes
Deep Creek by Pam Houston
Ana MarĂ­a Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle by Hilda Eunice Burgos
The Anxiety Toolkit by Alice Boyes
Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot by Adam Gidwitz
Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
The Subject Tonight Is Love by Hafez
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods
Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen by Niki Lenz
Medical Medium by Anthony William
The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles
Codependent No More by Melody Beattie
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz
 
At This Distance by Bette Lynch Husted
The New Codependency by Melody Beattie
Far Away by Lisa Graff
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Grace of Necessity by Samuel Green
Summer of a Thousand Pies by Margaret Dilloway
The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon
Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett
Top of My Lungs by Natalie Goldberg
The Beautiful No by Sheri Salata
Goodbye, Mr. Spalding by Jennifer Robin Barr
Aspire by Ole Carlson
The Autobiography of a Jukebox by Cornelius Eady
Transitions by William Bridges
Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice by Brené Brown
Postcards from Venice by Dee Romito
Nate in Venice by Richard Russo
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Aimless Love by Billy Collins
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Burnout by Emily Nagoski
A Map for Wild Hearts by Andrea Hannah
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Men, Women, and Worthiness by Brené Brown
After the Ark by Luke Johnson
Someplace to Call Home by Sandra Dallas
GMC by Debra Dixon
Scarcity by Sendhil Mullainathan
Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler
The Tools by Phil Stutz
My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
Bite Every Sorrow by Barbara Ras
My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder
The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz
My last review of the year
So, that’s my 2019 Year in Books. What about yours? Please let me know what you read (and loved), so I can add it to my To Read in 2020 pile.
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