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
The City of Brass – S.A. Chakraborty
The Kingdom of Copper – S.A. Chakraborty
If Not, Winter – Anne Carson ed. Sappho
Kane & Abel – Jeffrey Archer
Spinster – Kate Bolick
Whiskey When We’re Dry – John Larson
The Girl in the Tower – Katherine Arden
Arias – Sharon Olds
My Year of Rest & Relaxation – Ottessa MoshFegh
The Winter of the Witch – Katerine Arden
Felon – Reginald Dwayne Betts
From Here to Eternity – Caitlin Doughtry
The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides
50 Things I Wish I’d Told You – Polly Powell
Three Women – Lisa Taddeo
Her Body & Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
Bear Me Safely Over – Sheri Joseph
Normal People – Sally Rooney
Poem a Day – Karen McCosker ed.
My Struggle 3 – Karl Ove Knausgaard
Upstream – Mary Oliver
Why I Wake Early – Mary Oliver
The Wendy Project – Osborne x Fish
What the Living Do – Marie Howe
My Struggle 4 – Karl Ove Knausgaard
Among the Beasts & Briars – Ashley Poston
Greenlights – Matthew McConaghuey
The Great Fires – Jack Gilbert
Half Broke – Ginger Gaffney
What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About – Michele Filgate ed.