2020 Wrap Up
2020 gave me more reading time, but less energy to read and review. From a posting standpoint, 23 reviews is fairly typical, but my optimism for 2021 impels me to say that next year will be better. Well, 2021 optimism and my site redesign—I like how it looks, now it needs content. 🙂
- 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
- After Dark by Haruki Murakami
- The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak
- The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay
- Cardiff, by the Sea by Joyce Carol Oates
- Circe by Madeline Miller
- The Coral Merchant by Joseph Roth
- The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
- I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
- Less by Andrew Sean Greer
- Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser
- The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
- The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
- The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
- Normal People by Sally Rooney
- The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
- Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
- Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
- There There by Tommy Orange
- Read more than in 2020. This goal feels attainable because I read more in 2020 than in 2019. Only by ~200 pages (per Goodreads), but it counts as a win!
- Read more classic fiction. I’m working on a list for The Classics Club. There are plenty of classics on my TBR and I’m a fan of the five-year goal on this challenge—I need a push, but I don’t need to be rushed.
- Commit and stick to a posting schedule. The instability of 2020 has given me greater appreciation for habit and routine. Shifting some book-writing time to review-writing time would make a big impact around here.
- Continue reading (and posting) books in translation. I’ve had fun with Excel this year, so here’s a chart showing the original languages of books reviewed on this site:
Have a happy and safe holiday! I’ll be back next year!