2020 In Review

My goal for 2020 was to read 40 books total. Unfortunately, I didn't reach that goal, despite the pandemic. I used most of my free time to set up my freelance editing business and work on personal projects.

I'm happy to say I genuinely enjoyed most of the books I read in 2020. I try very hard not to ever put a book down without finishing it.

Toward the end of 2020 I decided to keep track of my reading in even more detail, and created an outline to review books directly after finishing them. You'll see those posts appear here as well.

Personal favorites of the year included S.A. Chakraborty's books, which were great leisure reading that I finished in 2-3 days (each), Her Body & Other Parties (a collection of short stories), Normal People (I felt there was nothing shocking or revelatory about this book, but couldn't stop thinking about it for months), and Greenlights.

Genres included fantasy, poetry, mystery, short story collections, fiction, memoir, graphic novels, and borderline self-help.

Here's my completed list of 2020 books, with a page count:

2020 Finished Books Total pages: 8,465

  1. The City of Brass – S.A. Chakraborty

  2. The Kingdom of Copper – S.A. Chakraborty

  3. If Not, Winter – Anne Carson ed. Sappho

  4. Kane & Abel – Jeffrey Archer

  5. Spinster – Kate Bolick

  6. Whiskey When We’re Dry – John Larson

  7. The Girl in the Tower – Katherine Arden

  8. Arias – Sharon Olds

  9. My Year of Rest & Relaxation – Ottessa MoshFegh

  10. The Winter of the Witch – Katerine Arden

  11. Felon – Reginald Dwayne Betts

  12. From Here to Eternity – Caitlin Doughtry

  13. The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

  14. 50 Things I Wish I’d Told You – Polly Powell

  15. Three Women – Lisa Taddeo

  16. Her Body & Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado

  17. Bear Me Safely Over – Sheri Joseph

  18. Normal People – Sally Rooney

  19. Poem a Day – Karen McCosker ed.

  20. My Struggle 3 – Karl Ove Knausgaard

  21. Upstream – Mary Oliver

  22. Why I Wake Early – Mary Oliver

  23. The Wendy Project – Osborne x Fish

  24. What the Living Do – Marie Howe

  25. My Struggle 4 – Karl Ove Knausgaard

  26. Among the Beasts & Briars – Ashley Poston

  27. Greenlights – Matthew McConaghuey

  28. The Great Fires – Jack Gilbert

  29. Half Broke – Ginger Gaffney

  30. What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About – Michele Filgate ed.

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