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I used to write this post on my first turn at blogging and I enjoyed taking a deep dive into my reading trends. I also like sharing favorite books from various genres that might not make it into my “Top Ten Books of the Year” post. This is always long so bear with me as I review my 2020 reading by the numbers. Links will go to either my review, my GoodReads shelves, or the Malaprop’s bookstore website (I’m an affiliate).
Edit: I just saw on Helen’s Book Blog that there are a couple of other blogs I can link to. Esther at Bite Into Books asks us to share a GoodReads: Your Year in Books meme. Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner has an End of Year Survey. I didn’t answer many of her questions since I found the survey after I’d already written my post, but I touched on enough of them that I feel comfortable linking up.
GoodReads challenge goal: 100 books
Completed: 127! Woohoo!
- 39 audiobooks
- 65 e-books
- 23 physical books. Since we’re traveling with my husband’s job, the Kindle is just easier.
Shortest and Longest
- Shortest: Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray, illustrated by Audrey Colman, coming in at 32 pages.
- Longest: The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty at 784 pages.
I read 38,054 pages but considering that there’s no real way to track “page numbers” for audio books, that’s not a very representative number.
The average length of my books was 299 pages.
- Female authors: 73 books
- Male authors: 52 books
- Books by genderqueer authors: 1 (as stated on their GoodReads profile)
This is usually far more evenly balanced; I don’t know what happened this year.
Did Not Finish
2 books although there are one or two others I should have given up on as well.
The breakdown by rough genres. I did not choose any re-reads as favorites, nor did I choose a book for more than one category. If my favorite was in my Top Ten Books of 2020 list, I added a runner-up. If I didn’t review a book, I linked to a synopsis.
Favorite: A top ten book listed elsewhere
Runner-Up: Spiderweb for Two: A Melendy Maze by Elizabeth Enright, read by Pamela Dillman
Favorite: Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan; read by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, and Rebecca Soler; music by Corky Siegel (Top Ten Book)
Runner-Up: Viva Jacquelina! Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Over the Hills and Far Away by L. A. Meyer, read by Katherine Kellgren
Favorite: A couple of my top ten books which show up in other genres
Runner-Up: How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry, read by Fiona Hardingham
Favorite: Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline, read by Wil Wheaton
Favorite: The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows, read by a full cast
Favorite: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Favorite: Billy Boyle by James R. Benn
Read: 13 (Seriously. I just realized I accidentally hit lucky number 13 in the horror genre. 2020, man.)
Favorite: Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks, read by a full cast (Top Ten Book)
Runner-Up: My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Favorite: Highfire by Eoin Colfer
Favorite: A top ten book that’s listed elsewhere and a couple of re-reads
Runner-Up: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Favorite: A top ten book that’s listed elsewhere
Runner-Up: Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
Favorite: Hounded by Kevin Hearne
Favorite: Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright (Top Ten Book)
Runner-Up: The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things by Neil Pasricha
Favorite: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Favorite: A top ten book listed elsewhere
Runner-Up: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, read by Carly Robins
Favorite: The Last Astronaut by David Wellington, read by Megan Tusing
Favorite: A couple of top ten books mentioned elsewhere
Runner-Up: A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess, read by Fiona Hardingham
GoodReads Year in Books
See all of the books I read in 2020 by clicking on “View Books” in the box below. You can view my 2020 reading by the numbers on GoodReads as well.