Reading Year in Review

Do you track your reading?  It’s a newer habit for me. I find, like tracking my exercise, it gives me a little burst of encouragement to pick up a book at the end of the day, or for a few minutes in the morning, instead of reaching for my phone.  Looking back at my list, I see a few patterns.

I really love fiction.

Out of the 70 total books I read this year, 53 were fiction. I read fairly equally between mystery/suspense, romance, YA and non-genre literature (if that’s even a thing). Fiction is the easiest for me to dip into here and there, and all that dipping adds up.  All but one of the audiobooks I listened to were fiction.

When I’m wanting to escape, I go on reading jags, working my way through an author book after book after book.

I think I did less of this before ebooks were easily available.  I find browsing ebooks very difficult, and it’s hard for me to find new authors that way, but once I’ve found one, it’s so easy to search out all their ebooks and read one after another.

I love a good reread.

Eighteen of the books I read were rereads. A few were books I’d read to the older children years ago and this year read to my youngest. A bunch were books I’d read in the past and reread with my high schoolers for their literature class (Code Name Verity, Fahrenheit 451, Sense and Sensibility, Waiting for Snow in Havana). Most were books I knew I liked and looked for as audiobooks (hello, Connie Willis!)

I read non-fiction slowly, but it changes me.

I read several excellent memoirs (especially Obama’s Becoming).  The non-fiction book that I enjoyed the most was LePore’s These Truths. 

I made an effort this year to seek out more books by people of color, and it was so worth it.

I read romance, YA, historical, memoir… I can’t make any generalizations about the books except that they were great. I’m grateful for the diversity in publishing and hope it is more than a fad. I will continue to put my money where my mouth is, in hopes that the trend continues.

My top ten reads this year were (drum roll please):

These Truths (Jill Lepore)

Becoming (Michelle Obama)

Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)

The Hate You Give (Angie Thomas)

Code Name Verity (Elizabeth Wein)

Delicious (Sherry Thomas)

A Princess in Theory (Alyssa Cole)

Being Disciples (Rowan Williams)

The Vanderbeekers on 141st Street (Glaser)

Original Sin (Beth McMullen)




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