For so much of 2020 it didn’t actually feel like I was reading very much, but in the end I was surprised with the total number of books that I read! Here’s a breakdown of what I read this year (and for those interested, here’s what 2019 looked like).
First let’s start with how many books I read per month:
January started off slow which makes sense because we had just moved back to Utah and I was probably busy unpacking boxes and settling into our new place. It’ll be interesting to see what this January’s numbers look like because we moved again (but this time we stayed in the same state and we aren’t moving again for a very long time). 20 looks like a huge month for me, but a big piece of that was reading all 9 volumes of Saga. Then I clearly had a dip over the Summer. I’m not totally sure what happened because it’s not like we did a ton of travel or anything, but a summer slump happened. Luckily I was able to claw my way out of that hole when I embraced my desire to read romance and only romance for three months.
I’m obviously pretty liberal with my four star ratings–that’s something that surprised me from 2019. But then I’m very stingy with books going from four to five stars. I really have to love a book for it to get five stars. Like…hug it to my chest after I close the back cover love. I am surprised more books didn’t get 4.5 stars, though.
I can definitely say that this is the first year that I’ve read more adult fiction than YA. I’ve found myself starting to get impatient with some YA protagonists and this year I found myself gravitating towards books with characters the same age as me (late 20’s, early 30’s).
I read many, many eBooks this year and was sad to see that I only read three audiobooks! In 2019 I read a couple of different series’ through audio while going on morning walks with my son, but last year our stroller was out of commission with flat tires, etc. Hopefully we can get that up and running again for this summer. If anyone has any recommendations for a series that is good over audio (and not too inappropriate as I may be listening around my toddler) please let me know!
Despite libraries shutting down for a portion of the year, our library was able to safely offer curbside pickup and then later, they were able to open at partial hours. But even if they hadn’t, a lot of the books I ended up checking out were through Libby. I cannot hype Libby up enough. You guys, if you’re not already using Libby, what are you doing? Check if your library offers it (I think most do at this point) and you’ll get access to all kinds of eBooks, audiobooks, and more.
That was my 2020 reading year! Overall, I’m pretty happy with it. I wish I’d read more of my own books and also more audio. We’ll see how this year goes!